Boutiki celebrates 40 years of giving

Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Julie Smith, Boutiki chairwoman, were among those celebrating Boutiki's 40th anniversary.

Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Julie Smith, Boutiki chairwoman, were among those celebrating Boutiki’s 40th anniversary.

Story and photos by Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

Boutiki, a nonprofit retail corporation with a volunteer staff located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a ceremony April 4.

During the ceremony, Boutiki volunteers presented checks to 33 different charitable organizations.

“The first year Boutiki opened, they raised $100 for charity,” said Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, who spoke at the event. “This year it was $40,000.”

All of the charities had strong military affiliations. For example, one of the new charities receiving a donation this year was Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs, which works extensively with veterans with disabilities or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Boutiki opened in 1973. “It was started by Navy wives looking for a place to sell the crafts they made in their homes for charity,” said Julie Smith, Boutiki chairwoman.

The founders of Boutiki were able to obtain the use of a building with an unusual background.

“Yes, it used to be a morgue!” said Smith. “There’s a lot of history in this building, and we love being here. We sometimes do tours, too.

Much of Boutiki’s merchandise is still locally made, often by military spouses.

“We provide a place for local artist to express themselves and sell their crafts,” said Leigh Ann Miller, Boutiki bookkeeper.

While providing a venue for local products, the heart of Boutiki’s mission remains raising money for charity.

“We’re here to help,” said Smith.

Located at 640 Club Road, Boutiki features gifts, jewelry and home accessories from local and international artisans. The shop is open to military and civilians. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All profits are donated to charities and organizations that support the Oahu military and the military family.

For more information, call 422-6662.

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