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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Gallery of Great Things

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You might lose yourself exploring the trove of fine art and collectibles in every price range at this gallery, which represents hundreds...

Kamuela Liquor Store

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From the outside it doesn't look like much, but this historic store sells the best selection of premium spirits, wines, and gourmet items...

Parker Ranch Center

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With a snazzy ranch-style motif, this shopping hub includes a supermarket, some great local eateries (Village Burger and Lilikoi Café),...

Parker Square

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Although the Gallery of Great Things is this center's star attraction, it's also worth looking in at the Waimea General Store; Sweet...

Waimea General Store

  • Household Items/Furniture

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

Wishard Gallery

  • Art Galleries

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

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