Hawaii’s Natural High, once a head shop for smokers of all kinds, must move out of its home of 33 years before April 1, 2013.
Its longtime advertising slogan, “Rocking for over 20 years and still rolling,” could be seen as a winking reference to its hazy beginnings as a retailer of marijuana smoking accessories.
Hawaii’s Natural High was known for selling smoking accessories even after sales of such merchandise became illegal, “but there’s so many more smoke shops out there (now) that are far more blatant than us,” he said.
His merchandise mix now is focused more on “tie-dyes (T-shirts) and rock ‘n’ roll stuff,” including posters, tapestries, hats, buttons, stickers, incense, magnets “and a whole lot of Bob Marley stuff,” he said.
I remember “head shops”. A popular one in Kailua that lasted for a long time was Mescalitos. They had bongs, pipes, papers, incense, oils, tapestries, sandals, black light posters, lighters, pins, patches, gauze clothing, peasant tops, hobo bags, dark glasses, rolling machines, roach clips… you name it – they had it.
I remember wandering in there and checking out the wares. The workers took one look at me and didn’t even bother asking me if I needed help – because I was such a clean-cut kid. he, he.
There was another one in Kailua that my oldest brother used to go to. It was called One Step Beyond. It didn’t last for too long, but it was thee place to be if you were a hippie. I believe my brother bought a pair of blue tinted glasses that looked like the kind that John Lennon used to wear. And incense sticks. Gotta have patchouli incense.
I vaguely remember another head shop across Ala Moana Center where Records Hawaii and Stone-Free Waterbeds used to be. Can’t seem to recall the name. Anyone remember? Or maybe it was just a section in Jellys.
I’m sure just about every town in Hawaii had a head shop back in the day. I think Wahiawa had a few because you know; North Shore, surfers, hippies, etc.
Even some of the more liberal mom-n-pop stores had a display with pipes, bongs, and rolling papers. And most liquor stores had a section for paraphernalia – and High Times magazine.
What “head shops” do you remember? How about the ones in your neighborhood? Share your head shop memories with us.
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