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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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,...

Makalapua Center

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On the mauka (moutain) side of the highway above Kona's Old Industrial area, this shopping center attracts visitors with great souvenir...

Parker Ranch Center

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

With a snazzy ranch-style motif, this shopping hub includes a supermarket, some great local eateries (Village Burger, Noodle Club, and...

Prince Kuhio Plaza

  • Department Stores

The Big Island's most comprehensive mall has indoor shopping, entertainment (a multiplex), and dining, including KFC, Hot Dog on a Stick,...

Queens' MarketPlace

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

The largest shopping complex on the Kohala Coast, Queens' MarketPlace houses fashionable clothing stores, jewelry boutiques, galleries,...

The Shops at Mauna Lani

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The best part about this complex is its roster of restaurants, which includes coffee, smoothies, and sandwich shops, Tommy Bahama Tropical...

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