By  on May 11, 2012

As Honolulu’s winter rains and 70-degree “chill” (hey, it’s all relative, right?) give way to spring sun and ripe mangoes, I decide it’s time to get out of my makeup rut. Plus, my mushrooming freckles—signs of a life lived on a sun-drenched island—need to be squelched. So off I go in search of a new spring look.

In Honolulu, there is an undisputed star of beauty departments—and it lives in Neiman Marcus at the Ala Moana Center. Tourists from Asia flock to the big luxury houses here, but they can also buy locally made jams or a handcrafted jewelry box fashioned from indigenous koa wood. For residents, Ala Moana is a sort of community center, where gangs of senior Korean immigrants have morning get-togethers and curb-squatting musical delinquents jam on ukuleles.

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