Scott Mijares

Scott Mijares makes wooden Hawaiiana wedding invitations. Photo by Anne E. O'Malley

by Anne E. O’Malley

Imagine opening your mailbox to a vintage Hawaiiana wedding invitation rendered in — wood? Creator Scott Mijares is known for his Hawaiian Woodys — wooden surfboard cards you spot on postcard racks. But who knew he’d also been crafting Hawaiian scenic wooden postcards as wedding invitations?

“I’ve made plenty,” says Mijares, who’s been crafting them for nine years.

The art he uses gives a nod to days gone by, or may be strictly floral. Orr it may feature, for example, a threatened green sea turtle appearing to be pals with an endangered native Hawaiian monk seal, both of them beached somewhere as the sun sinks slowly into the ocean.

Vintage Hawaiiana wedding invitations

Vintage Hawaiiana wedding invitations by Scott Mijares. Photo by Anne E. O'Malley

“I print full color images on the cards, paying royalties to about six artists I have agreements with,” says Mijares. At least three of those artists are familiar to art fans here — Melinda Morey, Fanny Bilodeau and Patrick Ching.

On the reverse side of the card, Mijares prints the invitation and uses fine line inking and sometimes a screened back image. He’ll address and stamp them, and even mail them from the post office you choose so you get that magic postmark!

Call him at 1-808-652-7113  or email him at

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