All You Need For Baby — And More

Alana Folen
Wednesday - August 31, 2011
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Pat Perreira and Laurie Rodriguez. Photo from Laurie Rodriguez

Sisters Laurie Rodriguez and Pat Perreira consider themselves blessed with entrepreneurial success since opening Little People Hawaii in 1991 in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel. As a specialty children’s store, Little People Hawaii offers a unique specialty selection of educational and interactive toys, locally made clothing and baby accessories.

Perreira, who’s in charge of merchandising, attends annual baby and toy shows on the Mainland, but says supporting local businesses here at home is key.

“We’re a local retail shop supporting other small, local businesses,” Perreira says. “There’s a high demand for local products, and we specialize in offering products you won’t see in the masses everything here is unique.”

Rodriguez adds, “We have a growing selection of products designed and made by local companies. These companies, comprised of home-grown talent, thrive because of their creativity, perseverance and love for family and Hawaii.

“The most amazing are the ‘momtrepreneurs,’ who are moms who juggle and balance successful companies along with raising their keiki and maintaining busy family lives,” she says. Local favorites found at Little People Hawaii, which opened its second location at Windward Mall four years ago, include Snuzi, diaper/wipes clutch, keiki caddy, paci clips and universal seat liners from Malama Baby; onesies, rompers and children’s Tshirts with local designs and Hawaiian words from Keiki Kruisers; organic muslin cotton swaddling blankets from O-baby Inc.; and burp cloths, bibs and more from Sweet Island Baby.

“It’s important that the community remembers its roots everything starts from smaller businesses,” Rodriguez says.

“We’re also carrying fine wearing apparel for the whole family by Robert J Clancey, stroller liners, blankies and bib/burp cloth sets by Belobe Baby, decorative diaper wipe cases and first aid kits by Creations by Shell, and clothing for men, women and children by Nikky International.”

For more information on Little People Hawaii, visit or call 922-1772 (Outrigger Waikiki Hotel location) and 236-1772 (Windward Mall location).

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