Kong Lung Trading: Summer Picks for 2012

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Summer is Flowering

July 2012

 A detail of the stitchwork and texture on a Tori Richard Hawaiian shirt. Jen is weraing a cami and shorts set in leopard with a flowered robe by BedHead

Douglas Plush Toys makes thes super cute floral totes for kids.  Two super cute wooden kokeshi dolls with flowers  A beautiful hoto of Funktion's funky aprons.

With summer in full swing we would like to stop and smell the flowers. It is this season in specific that flowers, both wild and nurtured, show off for the world with their beautiful colors and amazing array of shapes and patterns. It is sort of like Kong Lung Trading itself—an incredible array of colors, shapes, sizes, textures and patterns. Stop in to Kong Lung Trading today to see the flowers, smell the flowers, try on the flowers or even have a few flowers gift wrapped.

Patty Ewing at Kong Lung TradingBedHead Robe and Cami/Shorts setPatty’s Pick:

In the late 90’s public interest in dresses declined and as Renee Claire was delivering what she considered to be her last collection of dresses to a retailer, she saw a pair of pajamas in the window of the boutique. She quickly realized that current pajama offerings lacked sophistication and tailoring. As a consequence, BedHead was born.

All BedHead pajamas are locally cut and sewn in glamorous Los Angeles, and sold at Kong Lung Trading in not-quite-as-glamorous Kilauea.

BedHead Pajamas and robes $102.00-$130.00


Janet TevesJanet’s Pick:

A children's tote bag with a floral pattern by Douglas Plush ToysDouglas has been a family-owned business for over 50 years (since 1956). They are the epitome of “Old New England Work Ethic” and some of the staff have been with them for 20 and 30 years.

Success comes from unique designs and high quality materials and craftsmanship. The plush animals have gestures and expressions that clearly distinguish them as Douglas. The faces evoke a sense of endearment and the totes scream FUN!

Floral Tote by Douglas Toys $24.00


Deborah CecilDeborah’s Pick:

Tori Richard was founded in 1956, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tori Richard, Ltd. is still today a family business driven by an appreciation of unique fabrications and globally inspired prints. Cool Aloha Prints from Tori RichardThe artwork that informs our textiles is our passion. A Tori Richard is like no other garment. It is their legacy and honor to create each exclusive new edition to be a delight to the eye, a pleasure to the skin, and a joy to the spirit.

Aloha Shirts from Tori Richard $ 128.00


The famous Mochi andOlive of Kong LungOlive & Mochi’s Pick:

Kokeshi dolls, such as these flowered versions, are handcrafted wooden folk art dolls made by Kokeshi artists in Japan. Two very cute Kokeshi Dolls with floral patterns at kong LungThe artists and their families share their passion for the beauty and uniqueness of the Japanese craft of Kokeshi dolls. Each kokeshi doll comes in its own box with the artist’s information in Japanese on the box. The package itself makes a lovely presentation.

Receiving Blanket $80.00 • Security Blanket $32.50

The wonderful Mr. Chow of Kong LungMr .Chow’s Pick:

A detail of the flower and the print of the Funktion Apron.Super fun, bright and playful patterns fill these aprons, oven mitts and dish towels. Funktion also offers beach bags, laundry bags, hobo bags and tablecloths. There is nothing as wonderful as spending those summer holidays cooking side-by-side with your daughter in matching mom & me aprons.

Hattie Apron $52.00




Cover of decorating with flowersBook of the Month:
by Paula Pryke

The best of Paula Pryke’s classic and contemporary floral arrangements—in an accessible format to inspire novice and expert alike. Paula Pryke is unsurpassed in creating floral arrangements. Included are her signature contemporary designs as well as old-fashioned bouquets with a modern sense of color and form. Packed with ideas, skills, and techniques, this book explores the latest trends in floral design and encourages readers to let their personal style flourish with step-by-step instructions. Gorgeously illustrated, this compilation is an invaluable catalog of ideas and inspirations.

Decorating with Flowers by Paula Pryke $24.50.

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Kong Lung Trading: New Year’s Picks for 2012

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Think Kong Lung Trading for this Red Letter Day, Valentine’s Day

January 2012

Wood and gold ring by the Branch Batchelor Pad by Schleer design The Year of The Dragon shirt by Tori Richards Baby Owls by Trudi The Tiffen Lunch Box by Vivo

Hello lovers! It is one of our favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day. For remarkable gifts for your Valentine, visit Kong Lung Trading. Our beautiful displays will inspire you to give that thoughtful and exceptional gift. We display a diverse and ever changing selection of presents, jewelry, books, cards and much more. Come visit our beautiful store on the road to the Lighthouse.

Deborah Cecil Wood bracelet by the branchDeborah’s Pick:

Colin Schleeh worked as a boat-builder, set designer, custom furniture designer/builder, sculptor, jewelry designer, managed a custom furniture company and ran the Fine Arts studio for ten years at Dawson College. Colin Schleeh opened Schleeh Design with Rachel Schwartz in 2001 out of a converted studio on the banks of the Lachine Canal (Montreal). Schleeh Design offers a line of innovative limited production accessories, handmade vases & decorative art.

Our price: $21.00-$227.00


Patty Ewing at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick:

Lisa Neimeth Ceramics are widely recognized in the design circles of the world for their whimsy and charm. The functional, hand-built tablewear are made in Lisa’s studio—a former chicken coop—in the heart of San Francisco. Lisa uses found objects, hand etching and high and low fire glazes to create fun, funky and functional small works of art. Our price: $25.00-$338.00Lisa neimeth Ceramics are available at Kong Lung Trading



Janet TevesThe Picnic Pals from Apple ParkJanet’s Pick:

Diane Castellan, VIVO founder and creative director, established VIVO to offer discerning women beautiful objects that combine the best of American style with great materials from around the world. At Kong Lung Trading we carry VIVO malemine lunch boxes, which are sleek, stackable and latchable. These hip and earth friendly “Tiffin” lunch boxes are perfect for foodies on the go. Come in a you will also find exquisite VIVO pearl and exotic skin jewelry. As her tag line says, “Everyday Luxury. Luxury Everyday,” pretty much sums it up.

Our price: $34.00-$126.00


The famous Mochi andOlive of Kong LungThe cutest lion from Trudi, an Italian designerOlive & Mochi’s Pick:

Trudi: a long history of love, a fairy tale that turns into reality. Fifty plus years of emotions, tenderness, and cuddles, expressed in top quality creations, made ​​with the examination of the past, but with a focus on innovation. A passion that continues to thrill adults and children. Trudi’s soft plush toys and classic baby dolls are now available at Kong Lung Trading.

Our price: $9.95-$76.00

The wonderful Mr. Chow of Kong LungMr .Chow’s Pick:

Japanese Obi as a table runnerSince my name is Mr. Chow, I feel the need to speak about the Chinese New Year. Yeah, I know, its a Valentine’s Day newsletter, but my family is Chinese, so I say this awesome Chinese New Year Shirt from Tori Richard is the best thing in the store right now!

From embellished top-quality fabrications to dramatically embroidered and engineered designs, Tori Richard silk shirs are instantly recognizable as lifelong signature pieces.

Our price: $138.00

Tom Selleck in Icons of Men's StyleBook of the Month:
by Mickey Muñoz

“Attitude is the ultimate piece of equipment-no matter how good the wave or how tuned the board-a lousy attitude definitely ruins your day”

No Bad Waves is a book about surfing and surf culture for sure, it’s also a personal set of stories that reflect the life and times of Mickey Munoz over a period of six decades. Mickey Muñoz has been called the “surfer’s surfer,” and is loved and respected for his contributions to surfing for the past 60 years as a surfer, a pioneer of Waimea Bay, a stuntman (stand-in for Gidget), a board shaper and designer, and as a sailor and boatbuilder (America’s Cup).

Our price: $35.95

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for October 2011

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Celebrate the Mix!

October 2011

Boo, very cute dogpeace sign earrings by Moonbox Studios Laurel Wilder Art Glass

Pehr Textiles in yellow  Boo, very cute dog

If you love Kong Lung Trading like we love Kong Lung Trading, then you are aware that one of the main attractions is the diverse and ever-changing offerings available. This month we are celebrating the mix. We are all over the map with the simple, the bohemian, the classy, and the classic. We have something for everybody, and things to surprise and inspire. We hope you enjoy our eclectic choices. Please call us at 808-828-1822 to find out more information. Or even better, come visit us at Kong Lung Trading.

Deborah CecilFossilized Coral pendant on a necklace from Moonbox StudioDeborah’s Pick:

Deborah is very excited to share Moonbox Studio with you. “Hippie chic,” she giggled as a descriptor of the bohemian jewelry from Patrick and Katy Jane Conlin. Described as adornment for your soul, this couple does all of their own metalsmithing, casting and setting for this fun and luminous collection.

Our price: $138-$564

Patty Ewing at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick:

Laurel Wilder Art Glass at Kong Lung TradingThis beautiful art glass reflects an earthy spirit and playful expression, capturing natural images such as leaves, birds, animals and butterflies. Each piece is handcrafted in Visalia, California, using decoupage, gold embellishment and original artwork. The pieces are offered in a range of sizes and shapes.

Our price: $120-$235

Janet TevesJanet’s Pick:

Christmas shirts from Tori RichardsTori Richards has long been the classic aloha shirt and this limited edition, hard to find holiday collection solidifies their reputation for taste, class and poignant humor. This collection is only available at select retailers for a short period of time. Liven your holiday parties with great design and fine fabrics.

Our price: $138.00

The famous Mochi andOlive of Kong LungOlive & Mochi’s Pick:

A book about Boo, the cutest dog in the worldBoo is a 5-year-old Pomeranian with 1.5 million Facebook fans. So when a book was published celebrating the adorable dog’s life, of course Olive and Mochi wanted to choose it for their pick of the month. His signature fluffy head and teddy bear like persona are irresistibly adorable. Everyone loves Boo!

Our price: $12.95

The wonderful Mr. Chow of Kong LungMr .Chow’s Pick:

Classic wooden toy turtle by Manny & SimonClean, simple, high-quality products that stimulate kids’ never-ending imagination. Manny & Simon follow a path of environmental and social responsibility with a commitment to using organic and eco-friendly materials wherever possible. This collection of children’s products take classic animals and vehicles children love and transforms them into contemporary essentials for every kid!

Our price: $48-$135

Coer of "Icons of Men's StyleTom Selleck in Icons of Men's StyleBook of the Month:
by Josh Sims

Steve McQueen. Get Carter-era Michael Caine. Connery as Bond. Tyson in tighty-whiteys. The new Icons of Men’s Style is authored by one of the UK’s most respected and measured men’s fashion journalists, Josh Sims. Sims takes apart the staples of the male wardrobe in forensic detail and with real vim and vigor and aligns it with a visual smorgasbord.

Our price: $29.95

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for November 2010

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Kong Lung Trading Employee’s Picks for the Season

November 2010

Blenko Glass Gifty Golden by Douglas Toys Nobby Bowl by Rootworks Ceramic Bowls by Tillson

This month we decided to ask the creative team at Kong Lung Trading to share their ever stylish roundup of favorite picks from the store. With the always changing inventory and fresh store displays, getting the inside scoop of what’s hot at Kong Lung Trading is useful and valued information.

Whether you have been coming to Kong Lung Trading forever because you know you will find the coolest gifts, or if you just like Kong Lung Trading for its inpirational eye candy, we hope you consider Kong Lung Trading to be one of your favorite stores. Please let the staff assist you when looking for those holiday gifts and don’t forget about the complimentary gift wrapping.

Deborah CecilDeborah’s Pick: TORI RICHARDTori Richard Shirts and hats
Inspirational, sophisticated and exotic clothing for the individual who appreciates the finer things in life.

Tori Richard’s apparel is a true reflection of good design and art that is inspired by trends and cultures from around the world. This Hawaiian company’s philosophy is based in the honor or creating fine garments to resonate a life of luxury and style.

Tori Richard began creating men’s wear in 1969, almost 20 years before the founding of Tommy Bahama—a point of pride for Debra when selling these beautiful garments. Tori Richard is a true family business and offers only original prints and artwork on their products, setting them apart from other resort wear companies. The company is also a great resource for designers and artists as they have digitized almost 14,000 of their textile prints for reference.

Please stop in today to browse our hand picked collection of Tori Richard men’s wear. Because of Patty’s amazing buying style many customers see these products in a whole new light. Whether you are looking for a quality shirt made from textured silk, a silk blend or cotton lawn, (the company’s signature and proprietary fabric), you or your loved ones will surely covet these incredible and sophisticated garments for many years to come.


Janet TevesJanet’s Pick: ESTEBANEsteban Scented Boxes
An Appeal to your Senses

Southern France, the fragrance capital of the world, is home to Esteban—a company started in the late 70’s by Jan Max Esteban. This company has been creating scents and imaginative products that convey a love of travel and discovery through fragrance. Esteban is known for their style, which intertwines Mediterranean and Japanese sensibilities, allowing these irresistible aromas to tell their story in your home and to carry you away to a far away land.

Kong Lung Trading carries Esteban’s room sprays, scented boxes, refresher oils and diffusers. The scented boxes are delightful little gift packages containing ceramic pieces, seaglass, river rocks or tribal beads inbued with the essence of the collection’s scent. Each scented box contains different objects that represents the story of the collection’s distinctive smell.

When Janet was asked why she chose to feature Estaban as her pick of the month she replied, “I think these will make really nice gifts for the holidays and the price is excellent. I love these.” Her favorite scent, Ambre, is one of the company’s most popular. It is described as a subtle Amber fragrance, enriched with bergamot and neroli, a serene arousing caress of precious woods and lingering sensuality of vanilla.

The fragrance of Teck & Tonka is a souvenir of Africa, conjuring wooden houses full of spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove…Teck & Tonka revives this blend, one of the most entising in the history of perfumes. Each fragrance tells a story, which one will you choose?


Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick: HEATHER BENJAMIN JEWELRYDrusy Necklace by Heather Benjamin
Sparkle this Holiday in a Heather Benjamin Drusy Necklace

What is a drusy? A drusy refers to a rock surface (usually a cavity) covered with tiny individual crystals. These sparkly and opalescent crystals provide a reflective surface reminiscent of sugar or snow. Whether the crystals appear on the surface of the mineral or are recessed into a crevice the result is the same, a stunning gemstone. And stunning is a perfect description of Heather’s pieces that incorporate these incredible stones.

By utilizing century old methods of metalsmithing, Heather Benjamin’s jewelry is designed and created around a stone, gem or fossil. Her work is available in a satin or hammered finish, and offered in sterling silver or 22k vermeil. Each stone is bezel set and these designs are inspired by cultures and their relationship to the sea and to nature. Her work has been described as organic elegance meets chic and bohemian and it is this perfect juxtaposition of these elements that makes her jewelry unparalleled in style and creativity.

Kong Lung Trading has a wonderful collection of Heather Benjamin’s fabulous one of a kind jewelry pieces in stock. Come in and pick out your special necklace. Isn’t it time to shine?

Locals Only Book CoverBook of the Month: LOCALS ONLY
by Hugh Holland, edited by Steve Crist

Publisher Notes:
One afternoon in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and Spread from Locals Onlyencountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. Immediately transfixed by their grace and athleticism, he knew he had found an amazing subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, for the next three years Holland never tired of documenting skateboarders surfing the streets of Los Angeles, parts of the San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, and as far away as San Francisco and Baja California, Mexico.

During the mid-1970s, Southern California was experiencing a serious drought, leaving an abundance of empty swimming pools available for trespassing skateboarders to practice their tricks. From these suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, this was the place that created the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders. With their requisite bleached blonde hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders are masterfully captured against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape in LOCALS ONLY.

Holland’s skateboard photographs were first shown at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006. Following the success of the show, his work has been shown in Paris and New York City and used in American Apparel publicity campaigns. Holland resides in Los Angeles.


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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for July 2010

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Summer Time at Kong Lung Trading

July 2010

Bon bonns, tori richard & ECRI ceramics

Summer solstace has passed and we’re knee deep in salt water and white sand. Come to Kong Lung Trading to cool off and find the most exquistie summer treasures Kauai has to offer. This month we are featuring Jewelry by Mabel Chong & Lisa McKenzie. We have unloaded our pallet of fine pottery by ECRI. Vases, beautiful pots and insprirational finds for your summer garden. Summer Cookbooks, Tori Richard Mens’ Summer Collection, and the Ultimate Summer Treasure—Bonn Bons, by Lori Bonn. Take a peek and call us directly if you would like to reserve any of our featured items.

Lori Bonn

Bon Bonns by Lori Bonn

We love a woman in power. And when it comes to fashion, Queen Victoria reigned supreme. Her ornate slide charm bracelets were all the rage in 19th century England. Each of her charms had a story. Pearl charms to symbolize her wealth, Onyx charms to mourn the death of her prince. Amethyst charms to prevent drunkeness (those were prudish times, after all). She combined her charms to make bracelets with personal significance for herself and her high society friends. Queen Victoria’s charms are the inspiration behind Bonn Bons, a fresh, modern take on the fashion of the Victorian era. This fun concept includes charmes with fun names like, “Picking up the Pieces”, “Gold digger” or “Little Pearl of Wisdom”. Whatever slide charm you choose, you will cherish this fine piece of jewelry and be inspired to add another slide charm to celebrate the moments in your life that you want to cherish & remember.

ECRI Ceramics

ECRI Dutch ceramicsA Dutch family business of craftsmanship, that has been working for generations on optimising both the quality and the design of its products. Everything is done in-house, from designing new models to developing new colors. ECRI Ceramics follows trends in the industry and does so with high quality products that will last your lifetime. ECRI Ceramics: Generations of a family business with the craft at heart.


Cotton lawn by Tori Richard

Kong Lung Trading stocks the finest selection of Tori Richard Men’s Shirts. We also feature the casual shorts and pants line in various colors and sizes. The shirt featured in this photo is called Carnaby Street and is 100% cotton lawn.

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