Mark and I went on a day date to Haleiwa. We stopped at the town diner for a very late breakfast, then went to check out the new boutique, Number 808 - a shop I've been absolutely dying to check-out since I learned of its conception last year.
Cafe Haleiwa is a fixture in Haleiwa Town. It's been there for as long as I can remember and always serves up great service and home-cooked food that hits the spot.
I always order the Huevos Rancheros, but on this visit I was STARVING and slightly nauseous from the car ride down. I ordered The Barrel - a breakfast burrito stacked with potatoes, eggs, and cheese with your choice of side of home fries, rice, or beans. I added avocado and tomato, removed the cheese (because of my nausea) and drowned the whole thing in Tapatio. It was so on point I'd like to eat it twice.
Back in 2014, I had the gig of driving the band Cut Copy around on their free day in Hawai‘i. The band's guitarist, Tim Hoey, had plans to meet his good friends, Cappy and John for a surf session at Chun's. We all jumped into the BAMP van and made our way from Waikiki to North Shore.
When we arrived, John was there with a bunch of boards ready to take the guys out. After watching them try and semi-fail at surfing, they all came in to cruise on the shore. John and I got to talking, and I realized he was the owner of Quality Peoples, a clothing company sold at Odin, a store I worked at in New York City. I absolutely love menswear, an interest that was sparked after working at Odin and being surrounded by excellently crafted clothing, and John mentioned he was opening a boutique in Haleiwa that was to carry a lot of the brands I love.
Now just a month old, Number 808, located in the old Guava Shop location is up and running. There is literally no trace of the Guava Shop left. John and his crew completely gutted the shop, removing built-ins to let in more natural light, and filling the space with worn wooden fixtures, woven baskets filled with accent pillows, and tons of A+ merchandise. We picked up a pair of light weight grey Engineered Garments trousers for Mark, and will definitely come back for their custom pillows that use vintage Proenza Schouler and Anna Sui fabrics!
Brands to look for:
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