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Whether just once or once a month, these boxed goodies supply everything from delicious bites to dinner for two.

For many modern Americans, “you’ve got mail”—meaning traditional snail mail—ignites excitement on a monthly, perhaps weekly, basis. Now, smartly packed parcels bursting with gourmet coffee beans and luxury beauty products are reigning e-commerce, revolutionizing the way we discover, test, share and, ultimately, curate goods.

The engaging sphere of subscription box services has grown seasonal deliverables into a multi-billion dollar industry, igniting pleasurable sentiments for adventurous foodies who sample rare artisan jellies or receive atypical ingredients to prep a lavish meal.

According to The Washington Post, there are 400 to 600 types of subscription boxes in the U.S. Alas, HILuxury was hungry to sample a select few local and national packages—and yes, contribute to this flourishing social stat. Below are a few of our faves.

fresh BOX

Something fresh is sprouting on Hawai‘i doorsteps. Rooted in a “Cook Well. Eat Well. Live Well.” doctrine, fresh BOX—the fruit of Cordon Bleu-trained gourmand and former chef de cuisine at the Moana Surfrider Hotel, William Chen—is turning humdrum evenings into Instagram-worthy experiences. Fresh BOX’s meal kit subscription service makes cooking healthy, restaurant quality fare simple and fun. Fresh BOX delivers the perfectly portioned seasonings, proteins and market fresh produce to make three gourmet meals for two. Follow fresh Box’s colorful, step-by-step recipe cards, and wow guests with macronutrient balanced dinners in 30 minutes or less.

Tailored to those wanting to play a little kitchen roulette, fresh BOX’s eclectic menus change weekly. With fresh BOX blossoming into an haute cuisinier is a breeze.


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Evolve from kitchen novice to epicure in 30 minutes, courtesy fresh Box's full-color, step-by-step recipe cards (courtesy fresh Box).


Nodding to a primeval culinary trend, Good Clean Food Hawaii (GCF Hawaii) provisions follow Paleolithic dietary guides—and do so deliciously. Attuning to modern Paleo devotees, all GCF Hawaii eats are gluten-, grain-, dairy-, soy- and sugar-free. Delivering “good” and “clean” protein-packed meals straight to your door, GCF Hawaii uses only the finest Big Island grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, wild-caught seafood and organic chicken in its flexible subscription program. With GCF Hawaii customization and convenience are key. Fresh, locavore-fused meals are delivered to your home or office. Simply select how many meals you would like per week, heat and enjoy. Trumpeting an ever-evolving menu and plans from six to 14 meals a week with no cleanup, cooking or hassle, a Stone Age lifestyle never looked so sleek.


Hello Makana’s adorable boxes of aloha beckon. From monthly care packages of created-in-Hawai‘i products to pre-picked gift sets of epicurean foods and grooming items, you’ll want to say “hello” to Makana.

“We do all the work of gathering together the best quality, truly made or grown in Hawai’i items, so you can ‘make your own Makana,'” shares Kina Mahi, co-founder.

Offerings are customizable and include keiki (popular for baby showers), cuisine, culture, cosmetics and island-specific gifts. Makana’s popular Ono Gourmet box boasts “best of ” products from every island, including Kahala Fresh Dried Apple Bananas and Monkeypod Jams’ Bananas Foster Jam, chocolate and other scrumptious goodies that correspond with a bonus insert that details the story behind each item inside.


“Imagine living in Los Angeles [or in our case, Hawai’i] and being able to experience a small batch of tonic from Charleston or a sweet potato hot sauce from a James Beard-nominated restaurant in Louisiana,” says Reggie Milligan, Mantry co-founder. Nicknamed “The Modern Man’s Pantry,”

Mantry helps men—and yes, women—discover and savor American artisans foods from across the U.S. From barbecue sauce crafted in the backwoods of Alabama to hand harvested birch syrup from Alaska, Mantry is the monthly hookup to America’s finest food and drink.

With penned acclaim from Food Network and Fast Company, this is one pantry worth cracking into.


Artisan packages of themed gourmet foods are filling bon vivant kitchens, courtesy of Taste Trunk. Encouraging users to “live tastefully,” Mike Shipley of Taste Trunk shares, “Taste Trunk is the premier gourmet gifting and membership service. We go beyond the supermarket shelves to find new premium gourmet products every month—all packaged in a vintage trunk that you won’t forget!” Collections include BBQ, Gourmet, Health and Sweet chests, available via subscription or single trial.

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