Goodies to bring home from Kauai and Oahu

Old Apr 28th, 2005, 07:57 AM
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Goodies to bring home from Kauai and Oahu

I have asked so many other questions, now I must ask about some goodies for ourselves and others:

On Kauai, I have seen posts here or somewhere about:

1.Candy-Kauai Chocolates-West Side???

2.Soaps-Near the chocolates or elsewhere?

3.Jellies-Also around the chocolate stuff?

4.Cookies-Walmart?

5.There used to be a guy that parked at Ke'e Beach in an old car and made jewelry. Is he still there? Is his jewelry real? Is it reasonably priced?

6.What else shall I buy? Coffee???

Ok, now onto Oahu....

1. Tee-shirts at the Swap Meet-Correct?

2. What else and where?



 
Old Apr 28th, 2005, 08:55 AM
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Beautiful, inexpensive $) Hawaiicalenders (Walmart, Kmart)

Orderable Online: Coconut Syrup (also Walmart) for pancakes, Taro-Pancake mix, Taro Chips, DirtShirts if N.A. @ Swap meet.
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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I usually bring home a nice, moderate tan, and a whole new attitude.

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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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Aloha, i2 :

Re: the guys who used to sell jewelry by Ke'e beach (Niihau stuff, etc.). alas, he hasn't been there the last 3 trips we've taken, and I somehow misplaced his card. He was VERY reasonable! As for other Kauai-made goodies, a staple for us is Kauai Coffee Co. and Kauai Kookie Co., within 5-10 minutes of each other on the west side. The coffee is expensive for their primo roasts, but it's very good. There are always coupons for the cookies in the Kauai Gold brochures which canbe gotten at the airport and many other places. You can use the coupon to get the cookies for $1.39/box, and they will give you nice carry boxes for them when you buy multiples. Island Soap Factory is in Kilaeua and in Koloa, so whichever is more convenient to you, they offer the same items at the same prices.

Does that help???
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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We just got back from Kauai (trip report in the works!)- Walmart had plenty of Kauai stuff like Anahola Granola, Kauai Honey, Kookies etc. Look in the food section, not in the souvenirs. Aunty Lilikoi jams and syrups is an other local brand.

There are a bunch of "craft" fairs (Waimea, Kapa'a, Kalapaki, Spouting Horn) but most of the stuff isn't made on Kauai. Some gems in among the junk though. I thought the Spouting Horn stands had the best quality.

We were lucky enough to be there for a real Artisan faire at Poipu Beach where most stuff was made on the island. Very nice stuff. Oddly, this wasn't listed on kauaifestivals.com but I found it on Wizard Pubs. There were also a number of banners around the island advertising it.

The Kauai Kookie Factory also had some Kauai made foods etc.

There are Red Dirt Shirts (the original) and Red Earth Shirts - not that there's a lot of difference! You can take a factory tour of the Dirt place in Ele'ele near Port Allen. Not a lot of kid's sizes at the moment.

Enjoy!

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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 09:48 AM
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Good advice by Margot! On Kauai, go to the Kauai Cookie Co. for the cookies. I would buy the rest of my goodies on Oahu.
Yes, buy all your t-shirts at the swap meet, as well as your Aloha shirts. Calendars, macadamia nuts, coffee, etc. are pretty cheap at the ABC stores. When you're at the swap meet, you'll see tons of other ideas for gifts and goodies. I love those miniature warrior helmets (I'm sure you'll see them when you're on Oahu). The swap meet has the best ones. I like the little wooden tiki statues too.
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 10:09 AM
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all the cookie talk is making me hungry.
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 10:13 AM
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Aloha icee,

When you're in Chinatown stop by HA fabric store for traditional Hawaiian fabrics... for sprucing up the many areas of your home that need a tropical change... tablecloths, pillows, curtains.

One of my favorite things to do with these bright cheerful fabrics is to wrap gifts. My friends and fam LOVE receiving a gift wrapped in beautiful fabric and raffia or pretty ribbon. I especially like to do this at Christmas... the gifts under the tree look wonderful until I give them away. Sometimes you can find silk tropical flower stems to attach... very aloha in spirit!
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 10:15 AM
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Thanks everyone...I had forgotten about the calendars..you are extremely helpful.

Did I dream that there is a candy store and jellies right around each other? Aunty Lilikoi-does she have her own place?

Love the tips on the cookie coupons, margot. If the guys aren't at the beach, where else might I find Niihau stuff at a reasonable price?

Amazingly, Kal, my attitude is rapidly adjusting just knowing where we will be in 16 more days!

 
Old Apr 28th, 2005, 10:18 AM
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Oh, makai1, aren't you the talented, artsey one! How about if I get the fabric and send it to you for the pillows and tablecloths? Of course, I would get enough for the bot of us!

I can't wait to do PPC's tour of Chinatown. Bet we will find some "stuff" then to purchase.
 
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YAH baby! Honestly, to buy a 1 or 2 yard piece is SO cheap... a tablecloth will take 2-3 yards, and you can have a local seamstress whip it up for you. I'm a decorator, so I'm always changing things around. Just yesterday, I bought a cool palm tree for my bedroom...

Anyway, the fabric takes up literally no space in the suitcase and weighs barely nothing... unless you buy too much!

Have a wonderful time! Aloha...
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 10:24 AM
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i2- re: reasonably priced Niihau stuff, there was a guy situated at Waimea Canyon our our last trip 2 months ago - he was at the Pu'u Hina Hina Lookout, and he had a few nice things, very reasonably priced. My suggestion would be to go to Hawaiian Trading Post in Lawai first, which has a huge selection (and great service). You won't get any bargains there, but you can count on the legitimacy of their merchandise, and at the very least, you can use it as a basis to compare jewelry prices at other places, including Spouting Horn.

I do have one more tip for you re: a local craftsman who is located in Kilaeua - his name is Juny Yadao, and he makes these really cool pieces of jewelry out of the Opihi shell, which is harvested in Kauai. They are very unique and reasonably priced, and I always get compliments when I wear them. His phone number is (808) 828-1739. You can tell him I sent ya!
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Bring back Maui potato chips! And, of course, chocolate-covered Macadamia nut clusters. I also love the coffee- and toffee-glazed whole nuts. A nice gift is ti-leaf logs, which grow into beautiful green (or reddish) plants.
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There's a great body lotion made from nuts that you see in shops and even at the airport (help me out here, starts with a "K"). Company is called Oils of Aloha (i think). It's heavenly.

At Ala Moana mall food court there's a cookie place that does gift packs of pineapple shaped shortbread cookies in a variety of flavors.

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What are the miniature warrior helmets? And what is the symbolism? Are the small wooden tiki statues small enough to pack?
 
Old Apr 28th, 2005, 03:08 PM
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I'm home now and you Hawaiians should be awake and ready to play!! Unless of course, you have gone for a dim sum lunch!
 
Old Apr 28th, 2005, 03:20 PM
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You can get Aunty Lilikoi's stuff all over but there is a shop in Waimea or Hanapepe, I forget which. It's on the mauka side of the road.

The guy was at Waimea Canyon at the Pu'u Hinahina overlook and he did have some nice things.

The Opihi shell guy was at the Artisan Faire and his things were gorgeous!

I forgot to mention that there was a guy selling stuff at the Opaeka'a Falls overlook. He had lauhala (woven palm fronds) and some gorgeous vases made from carved bamboo for $20.

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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 03:30 PM
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Aloha Kim - actually, it was at the Hanalei Crafts Fair in July, 2003 that I met the opihi shell guy (Juny), whose business goes by the name of "Hawaiian Honu". On our 2 subsequent trips, I have contacted him at the number I listed above and was able to go to his house in Kilauea to pick out some gifts for others. He's a real nice guy to deal with. Didn't get to the falls this last time, so the news of an artisan there is good for future reference! Mahalo!
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Old Apr 28th, 2005, 03:47 PM
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Just how reasonable is Juny, Margot?

And what is opihi shell? Small? Where are they harvested, etc....tell me more..
 
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Iceeu2, are you a female? You can have a baby 9 months later to call him "my little Hawaiian souvenier".

Just a thought quot;>
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