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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Cliff Johns Gallery

  • Local Specialties

Under new ownership, this fine-art gallery still retains the name of local woodworker Cliff Johns, who had a knack for sourcing unique,...

Coconut Grove Marketplace

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

This meandering oceanfront marketplace includes gift shops, cafés, restaurants (Outback Steakhouse, Humpy's Big Island Alehouse, Bongo...

Crossroads Shopping Center

  • Shopping Neighborhoods

This in-town shopping center includes a Safeway with an excellent deli section for on-the-go snacks, as well as a Wal-Mart, where visitors...

Dragon Mama

  • Household Items/Furniture

Step into this hip downtown Hilo spot to find authentic Japanese fabrics, futons, and gifts along with an elegant selection of clothing,...

Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts

  • Crafts

The beautiful little shop carries lots of original, handmade jewelry made by local artists as well as carefully chosen gifts, including...

Exclusive Designs

  • Clothing

When it comes to Hawaiian-style apparel, everything from the traditional to the contemporary can be found here. The shop has casual,...

Gallery at Bamboo

  • Crafts

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

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...

Glass from the Past

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Near Akaka Falls, this is a fun place to shop for a quirky gift or just to poke around. The store is chock-full of old Hawaiian bottles,...

Hale Hoola Spa in Volcano

  • Spa/Beauty

Those staying in Volcano or Hilo have easy access to body treatments, massages, and facials at far more reasonable prices than on the...

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