Big Island Shopping

Residents like to complain that there isn't a lot of great shopping on the Big Island, but unless you're searching for winter coats, you can find plenty to deplete your pocketbook.

Dozens of shops in Kailua-Kona offer a range of souvenirs from far-flung corners of the globe and plenty of local coffee and foodstuffs to take home to everyone you left behind. Housewares and artworks made

from local materials (lava rock, coconut, koa, and milo wood) fill the shelves of small boutiques and galleries throughout the island. Upscale shops in the resorts along the Kohala Coast carry high-end clothing and accessories, as do a few boutiques scattered around the island. Galleries and gift shops, many showcasing the work of local artists, fill historic buildings in Waimea, Kainaliu, Holualoa, and Hawi. Hotel shops generally offer the most attractive and original resort wear, but, as with everything else at resorts, the prices run higher than elsewhere on the island.

High prices are entirely too common at the island's resort spas, but a handful of unique experiences are worth every penny. Beyond the resorts, the Big Island is also home to independent massage therapists and day spas that offer similar treatments for lower prices, albeit usually in a slightly less luxurious atmosphere. In addition to the obvious relaxation benefits of any spa trip, the Big Island's spas have done a fantastic job incorporating local traditions and ingredients into their menus. Massage artists work with coconut or kukui (candlenut) oil, hot-stone massages are conducted with lava stones, and ancient healing techniques such as lomilomi—a massage technique with firm, constant movement—are a staple at every island spa.

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Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

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This ranks among the best massage facilities on the island, partially due to the superlative setting—private massage areas are situated...

The Lotus Center

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Tucked away on the first floor of the Royal Kona Resort, the Lotus Center provides a convenient option for massage treatments, facials,...

The Shops at Mauna Lani

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The best part about this complex is its roster of restaurants, which includes coffee, smoothies, and sandwiches shops, Tommy Bahama Tropical...

The Spa at Hualalai

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For the exclusive use of Four Seasons Resort guests and members, this spa features 19 massage treatment areas. Tropical breezes waft...

Two Ladies Kitchen

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This hole-in-the-wall confections shop has made a name for itself thanks to its pillowy mochi (Japanese rice pounded into a sticky...

Waimea General Store

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Since 1970, this Waimea landmark at Parker Square has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Although specialty kitchenware takes...

Waipio Valley Artworks

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In this quaint gallery in a vintage home, you can find finely crafted wooden bowls, koa furniture, paintings, and jewelry—all made...

Westside Wines

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Tucked away in a small downtown Kona retail center below Longs, this nifty gourmet wine and spirits shop offers restaurant-quality "wine...

Wishard Gallery

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A Big Island–born artist whose verdant landscapes and paniolo (cowboy)-themed paintings have become iconic throughout the Islands,...

Woodshop Gallery

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Run by local artists Peter and Jeanette McLaren, this Honomu gallery showcases their woodwork and photography collections along with...

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