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 (lauhala, 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 historical 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.

In general, stores on the Big Island open at 9 or 10 am and close by 6 pm. Hilo's Prince Kuhio Plaza stays open until 8 pm on weekdays and 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. In Historic Kona Village, most shopping plazas geared to tourists remain open until 9 pm. Grocery stores such as KTA Superstore are open until 11 pm.

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 volcanic stones, and ancient healing techniques such as lomilomi—a massage technique with firm, constant movement—are staples at every island spa.

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  • Ceramics/Glassware

At the end of Old Volcano Road near Volcano Village, this small gallery and studio has handblown glass inspired by the eruption of Kilauea...

A Ala Hawaii Massage and Spa

  • Spa/Beauty

With oceanfront views of Kailua Bay, this spa offers a full menu of massage treatments as well as wraps, facials, and waxing. This is...

Ackerman Fine Art Gallery

  • Art Galleries

This multiple-gallery/café is truly a family affair. Local artist Gary Ackerman's wife, Yesan, runs Ackerman Fine Art Gallery, featuring...

Alii Gardens Marketplace

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

This mellow, parklike market, open Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5, features outdoor stalls offering tropical flowers, produce, soaps,...

Antiques and Orchids Antique Mall

  • Household Items/Furniture

Housed in a historic building in Captain Cook, this boutique lives up to its name by offering a comprehensive collection of local antiques...

As Hawi Turns

  • Clothing

This landmark North Kohala shop, housed in the 1932 Toyama Building, brings sophisticated offerings in resort wear with items made of...

Basically Books

  • Books/Stationery

More than a bookstore, this bay-front shop stocks one of Hawaii's largest selections of maps, including topographical and relief maps,...

Big Island Candies

  • Food/Candy

A local legend in the cookie- and chocolate-making business, Big Island Candies is a must-see if you have a sweet tooth. Enjoy a free...

Blue Ginger

  • Clothing

The Waikoloa branch of this fashion veteran offers really sweet matching aloha outfits for the entire family. There are also handbags,...

Cinnamon Girl

  • Clothing

This store's feminine, flirty outfits—original print dresses, skirts, and tops designed and made in Hawaii—offer a contemporary twist...

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