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.

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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Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery

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

Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts

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

Hawaiian Quilt Collection

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The Hawaiian quilt is a work of art that is prized and passed down through generations. At this store, you'll find everything from hand-quilted...

Kilauea Kreations

  • Crafts

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

Kimura's Lauhala Shop

  • Crafts

Originally a general store built in 1914, this shop features handmade products crafted by local lauhala weavers. Among the offerings...

King Kamehameha Mall

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Around the corner from Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, this tiny neighborhood center includes Bangkok House Thai Restaurant,...

Kona Marketplace

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On the mauka (mountain) side of Alii Drive, near Hulihee Palace, this small retail enclave in Historic Kailua Village includes galleries,...

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