Honolulu is a cultural melting pot, so it only seems fitting that the one year old shop called Hound & Quail is a melting pot for trinkets and collectibles from around the world. The modest shop serves as part time-machine and part teleport machine, bringing you around the world, and throughout time. But this isn’t your typical jam-packed antique shop with cobwebs run by an elderly man; Hound & Quail is the brainchild of a Hawaiian Airlines pilot and friend, who collect rare and unique items from all over the world. Much of the stock in the Honolulu store is collected during the pilot’s layovers. Perhaps he’ll find antique glassware at a swap meet in Japan, or a stuffed partridge perched on a branch somewhere in the U.S. Mainland (both on display in the shop.)
Tiny shop of curios — Photo courtesy of Hound & Quail
The floor to ceiling glass windows on a busy Honolulu street shed light into the shop, which could be likened to the home office of Sherlock Holmes. The wares available at Hound & Quail are as unique as its business hours (only Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m., with a monthly market announced on Saturdays.) Lining the walls and antique shelves are items such as a bat skeleton preserved in glass, pen quills made of buffalo horn, antique holy water vials, and a jar of hair pomade from 60 years ago.
Needless to say, Hound & Quail can provide you with perhaps the most unique souvenir you can find.