Favorite bathing suit shop: Sweet Bikini, has two shops, one in Kapa`a and the other in Po`ipu. It’s my easy fix for a new bikini. Here in the tropics the sun’s wear and tear on my favorite suit always gives me an excuse to add another to my collection. They carry trendy, colorful and unique styles. Sweet Bikini is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. You can check out the goods at sweetbikinikauai.com. Or call for more information: Kapa`a, 822-0780; Po`ipu, 742-3003.

Favorite jewelry vendor: Kaua`i Coconut Fiber Art has jewelry made by Tahitian artisan, Heifara Aiamu. The tribal designs stir a Tahitian fire in me for dance, music and fellowship. It’s something different for Kaua`i, with woven coconut, pearls and gems. Heifara sells his wares at Hanapepe Art Walk every Friday evening. You can find his table down the alley behind Little Fish Coffee. He sells at different events island-wide. For more information call 635-5570.

Favorite local kind grinds: Garden Isle BBQ in Lihu`e is an island institution where my family and I have eaten since I was a kid. It’s very easy to crave a warm delicious meal at the end of a long workweek. Their Asian flavors steaming down the aisles are irresistible. My favorite plate is the mixed vegetable with straw mushroom. After that it’s a good night. They are at 4252 Rice St. Or cal 245-8868 to order takeout.

Favorite artist: Amy Vieira sells original and prints of her paintings at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Hanalei Farmer’s Market. Her work has a folk art whimsy that is good for a smile. Much of what she paints is playful island life with lots of animal representations. She also hand-dyes silk scarves that are delicious to wear. See more of her work at artwanted.com or visit her on Facebook.