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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Hilo Hattie

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

Miss M

  • Clothing

Kealakekua is home to the first high-end designer boutique on the Big Island, a prayer answered for locals who had been forever complaining...

Sweet Ohana Candy Factory

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You can spot the bright pink building of this locally owned sweets shop from miles away. Sweet Ohana makes its own delicious taffy and...

Dan DeLuz's Woods

  • Crafts

Master bowl-turner Dan DeLuz creates works of art from 50 types of exotic wood grown on the Big Island. The shop features a variety of...

Kamaaina Woods

  • Crafts

A great little shop in charming Honokaa, and the only place in Hawaii (possibly in the world) where you can pick up your very own set...

Dan DeLuz's Woods

  • Crafts

Master bowl-turner Dan DeLuz creates works of art from 50 types of exotic wood grown on the Big Island. The shop features a variety of...

Hilo Hattie

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Set in an indoor mall in Hilo, the eastside location of the well-known clothier is slightly smaller than its Kailua-Kona cousin, but...

Kalona Salon & Spa at Keauhou Beach Resort

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This spa is a great place to get a massage or body treatment for much less than you'd pay at the big resorts. Though not quite as nice...

Kaivailamalama Therapies

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Two excellent massage therapists operate out of this small but peaceful location across from where Hilo Bay meets the Wailoa River. Susan...

Eclectic Craftsman

  • Crafts

This longtime favorite brimming with handmade Hawaiian collectibles focuses on local art and crafts. The 60 Big Island artists represented...


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