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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A Ala Hawaii Massage and Spa

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

Alii Gardens Marketplace

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

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

Coconut Grove Marketplace

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

This meandering oceanfront marketplace includes gift shops, cafés, restaurants (Outback Steakhouse, Humpy's Big Island Alehouse, Bongo...

Crossroads Shopping Center

  • Food/Candy

This in-town shopping center includes a Safeway with an excellent deli section for on-the-go snacks, as well as a Walmart, where visitors...

Hilo Hattie

  • Clothing

The well-known Hawaii clothier offers his-and-her aloha wear and carries a large selection of casual clothes, local art, books, music,...

Honolua Surf Company

  • Clothing

Surfer chic, compliments of Roxy, Volcom, and the like, is for sale here for both men and women. This is a great place to shop for a...

Hoola Spa at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

  • Spa/Beauty

The hotel's oceanfront spa offers a menu of tropical delights with combination options that let you mix and match for a super heavenly—and...

Hula Lamps of Hawaii

  • Art Galleries

Located near Costco in the Kaloko Light Industrial complex, this one-of-a-kind shop features the bronze creations of artist Charles Moore.

Just Ukes

  • Local Specialties

As the name suggests, this place is all about ukeleles—from music books to T-shirts to accessories like cases and bags. The independently...

Kailua Candy Company

  • Food/Candy

This chocolate company has been satisfying sweet tooths for more than three decades with decadent desserts and sinful bites of chocolate...

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