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  • 1. Basically Books

    Books/Stationery

    Boasting a new location, this legendary shop stocks one of Hawaii's largest selections of maps, including topographical and relief maps, and...Read More

  • 2. Big Island Candies

    Food/Candy

    A local legend in the cookie- and chocolate-making business, Big Island Candies is a must-see for connoisseurs of fine chocolates. The packaging...Read More

  • 3. Gallery of Great Things

    Art Galleries

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

  • 4. Hilo Farmers Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    The 200 vendors here—stretching a couple of blocks at the bay front—sell a profusion of tropical flowers, locally grown produce, aromatic honey...Read More

  • 5. 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. Inspired...Read More

  • 6. Kamuela Liquor Store

    Wine/Spirits

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

  • 7. Keauhou Store

    Convenience/General Stores

    This historical roadside store has been transformed into a combination convenience store, bakeshop, lunch stop, gift shop, and museum. When...Read More

  • 8. Kilauea Kreations

    Crafts

    Beautiful hand-stitched Hawaiian quilts grace the walls here, quilting kits and books abound, and the vast inventory of tropical fabrics is...Read More

  • 9. Mauna Lani Spa

    Spa/Beauty

    This is a one-of-a-kind experience with a mix of traditional standbys (lomilomi massage, moisturizing facials) and innovative treatments influenced...Read More

  • 10. Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

    Spa/Beauty

    This ranks among the best massage facilities on the island, partially due to the superlative setting—private massage areas are situated amid...Read More

  • 11. Sugar Coast Candy

    Food/Candy

    Located on the bayfront in downtown Hilo, this beautifully decorated candy boutique, owned by interior decorator Carolyn Arashiro, is a blast...Read More

  • 12. The Spoon Shop

    Household Items/Furniture

    Williams-Sonoma has nothing on this excellent gourmet kitchenware store that brims with every manner of accoutrement for the avid cook. There...Read More

  • 13. 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 center...Read More

  • 14. Westside Wines

    Wine/Spirits

    Tucked away in a small downtown Kona retail center below Longs, this nifty gourmet wine and spirits shop offers restaurant-quality "wine list...Read More

  • 15. 2400 Fahrenheit

    Ceramics/Glassware

    At the end of Old Volcano Road near Volcano Village, this small gallery and studio has hand-blown glass inspired by the eruption of Kilauea...Read More

  • 16. A Ala Hawaii Massage and Spa

    Spa/Beauty

    With oceanfront views of Kailua Bay, this spa offers a full menu of massage treatments as well as wraps, facials, and waxing. It's a convenient...Read More

  • 17. Ackerman Fine Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    This multiple-gallery/café is truly a family affair. Local artist Gary Ackerman's wife, Yesan, runs Ackerman Fine Art Gallery, featuring Gary...Read More

  • 18. Alii Gardens Marketplace

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

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

  • 19. As Hawi Turns

    Clothing

    This landmark North Kohala shop, housed in the 1932 Toyama Building, brings sophisticated offerings in resort wear with items made of hand-painted...Read More

  • 20. Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery

    Crafts

    Inside Bamboo Restaurant, this gallery seduces with elegant koa-wood furniture and an array of gift items, such as boxes, jewelry, and even...Read More

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