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What are the best gifts to bring back from Hawaii and where can I buy them?

What are the best gifts to bring back from Hawaii and where can I buy them?

Jul 25th, 2003, 06:21 AM
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*Definatley* consider Coconut Syrup, or Guava Juice(although the latter is an acquired taste, it's a neat novelty)

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Jul 25th, 2003, 12:12 PM
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Just visit any Hilo Hattie's.
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Jul 25th, 2003, 01:19 PM
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We found lots of fabulous gifts on the Big Island in Historic Old Hawaii,
"Waipi'o Valley Artworks"
Kukuihaele, HI, and they ship.

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Jul 25th, 2003, 03:44 PM
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If you are going to be on or near Kaanapali, there is a man at the Westin Maui who does the Coconut postcard. He is there until 11:00am weekdays. He is next to the Colanade restaurant, by the pool area.
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Jul 26th, 2003, 05:34 PM
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Ignore the advice to bring back Lava Rocks.
Do not bring back Lava Rocks.
They are sacred to the Hawaiian people.
They are not free for the taking.
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Jul 26th, 2003, 07:20 PM
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Don't listen to Orchid, rocks are free and there for the taking. I usually sell some when I get home to help augment the cost of going to HI. Enjoy!
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Jul 27th, 2003, 05:09 AM
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You don't have to go to someone to do a coconut postcard for you. You can buy them plain and write on them yourself or some gift stores sell them painted with a postcard design (to: and from: etc)

Personally, I would not take anything such as lava rocks from the islands...
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Jul 27th, 2003, 08:37 AM
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Aloha, Yes! There are so many places to shop and there are just so many choices. Someone mentioned lava rocks... one thing you may want to avoid are lava rocks. It's associated with bad luck. Best to avoid removing anything that's best left to nature.
Have a great trip!
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Jul 27th, 2003, 09:13 AM
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Hi, you guys had mentioned the Westin Maui as a place that does the coconuts addressed to people back home. As that will be the last island we visit, I was hoping we could send from Oahu or BI, which we'll be visiting earlier in the trip. Any suggestions on where to get this done on either of those islands?

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Jul 27th, 2003, 11:41 AM
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Hi Dolciani,

I am on Oahu right now. I lived here for a few years during the 90's and I come back every summer for a couple of weeks. This is the first time I have come back to Oahu for that entire time.
Last three years I was on Kauai. Quilts have always been a favorite of mine. Last year I bought a wall hanging quilt that was probabaly 4x4ft. Just guessing standard size much larger than a pillow but not a bedspread. Anyway I paid $250. I thought this was a steal, I had price similar ones during the 90 and they were $450.

HELLO! This year I am seeing them in China Town for $90, Alamoana $120. SAME DETAIL AND QUALITY!!! UGH!! there is far more variety and the prices have come down significantly. Alamoana seems to be having a 20-30% sale on so much Hawaiiana. Tourism is down and tourist are benifiting.

China town is my new pick for souvenier shopping though. They also have these new haku lei's (head leis), made from what seems like shaved ribbon and kukui nuts, very authentic looking but of course modern . You see a number of locals wearing them on hats. I have seen them at China town for $28, 45$ in higher end boutique type stores. craft fairs. So of course I am going back to China town. If you go to China Town you can squeese in a great meal, get very reasonably priced fresh flower leis. I would suggest dim sum at legends seafood.

There use to be a great native store near china town. I can't remember the name maybe MelissaH would know. I am going searching for it will come back on after my trip if I find it.

Wow a lot of responses here. If you are looking for cheap trinkets that many have suggested Coffee, Macnuts, Syrup (which I love too but not all brands)(yellow plastic bottle),lauhaula baskets go to Longs drugs. One stop shopping, Tshirts will be in your face everywhere you go. Have fun, I SURE AM!
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Jul 27th, 2003, 11:26 PM
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Ooooh Sarah!! I just went to a craft fair and bought the 4x4 quilts for $75!! But my sister claims that the quality IS different....how the heck would I know? Be on the lookout for craft fairs.

The store you are thinking of (I think) is Native Books & Beautiful things, but I believe they have moved out of downtown and are now located at 1050 Ala Moana, Bay 8 (must be the Ward Warehouse area). Another one downtown on Merchant Street....I forget the name but I just went there last week and they have exquisite things.

Today I went to Days of Aloha, located in Kaimuki at 1123 11th Ave (cross street Waialae Ave.) on the 2nd floor of a building in that complex. It is full of neat Hawaii memorabilia....I might go back to buy things for my Hawaii friends who now live on the mainland.
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Jul 28th, 2003, 11:52 AM
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Thanks Melissa there are two locations of that store. Here is a cut and paste I pulled off the web. I passed the ward warehouse location but was with that 12 year old and we were late for the movie. Not sure I will make it to Kaimuki, too bad because I lived just behind in Maunalani heights. To everyone else these are the stores that you will find the quality souveniers stuff you can hang place in your home. Not the stuff that will end up at good will or a yard sale after your fond memories wear out. Just a thought.

Native Books and Beautiful Things

222 Merchant Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Ph: (808) 599-5511
Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 3pm
closed Sunday

Ward Warehouse:
1050 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Ph: (808) 596-8885
Fax: (808) 596-7742
Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 5pm

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Jul 29th, 2003, 10:09 PM
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My friends and family all travel a lot, so we stay away from the cheap tourist crap that people have to figure out what to do with. We go to Hawaii every year, and my favorite gifts to bring back are consumable------candies, soaps, leis, etc. If you are going to see someone right away, a fresh lei is such a fragrant treat---especially love the tuberose. The coconut postcard is a lot of fun if the people haven't received them before---it's a great surprise (your parents would probably get a kick out of them). One of the first things I always do is buy scented soap and body oil to use while there, then bring more home to extend my vacation all year. These are my daughter and daughter-in-law's favorite gifts that I bring home. I LOVE the Island Soap Co's products. They have the most wonderful hand-made soaps in coconut, pikaki, and plumeria, with body oils, shower gels, and lotions to match. After a few years of buying chocolate-covered macadamia nuts to bring back, we finally wised up. We go to Costco before we leave home, then we get home and distribute the boxes to friends and office-mates. They think we hauled them home, and we didn't have to! Besides, when we buy them in Hawaii, we keep eating them before we can get them home! Have a great time. We will be there in September, and I can't wait! I will be the one buying even more pareos---love them!
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Jul 30th, 2003, 12:08 AM
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We just returned from a two week vacation on Maui and we found that the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului was an awesome spot to find most everything that you would want for gifts and more. There were fresh flowers, wonderful homemade jams & jellies by a man named Jeff. The best smelling soaps and candles hand made by a girl named Melody, her company is Essence of Iao. Wow, has anyone ever tried a loofah sponge in their soap? Oh my, we had to go back just for those and when we got home, our suitcases smelled amazing. If you like tea & coffee, there is a wonderful woman named Lori of Stellarbeans. Susan has great kids things such as baby blankets, Hawaiian quilts and sand animals. I could go on and on but you get the idea.
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Jul 30th, 2003, 04:54 AM
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Is there an online sorce for pure Hawaiian perfume?
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Jul 30th, 2003, 05:23 AM
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Gavman, is that the Saturday morning swap meet or something different ?
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Aug 2nd, 2003, 06:53 AM
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In oahu you can goto dole pineapple and they will have a case of however many pineapples you want available to you to check in at the airport. They will need your departure information. The pineapples or other tropical fruit you pick out is at the airport so you don't have to carrying it around it made a delicious gift to all my friends and family, who already have plenty of trinkets. Hawaiian pineapple is wonderful not like the barely there favor we get in the supermarket. My family liked that better than anything I could have got. That willleave money to splurge on your daughter, she's made a big accomplishment in getting her degree she deserves something special.
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Aug 2nd, 2003, 07:21 AM
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The Hawaiian heirloom jewelry is one idea, either an initial pendant, a name bracelet, or earrings. We also collect the glass fish found in better art and collectible stores. The mall in Kona up the hill has very nice places. Coffee is something most people appreciate. I think Crazy shirts has very good quality and selection, the kids like them, and teenagers too.
Aug 2nd, 2003, 07:59 AM
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Please e-mail me if you're interested in purchasing lava rocks and/or other native rocks and sand (black or green).
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Aug 2nd, 2003, 12:51 PM
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Whole dried pineapples smell great in the home or car!
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