Big Island

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 t
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 gl
Residents like to complain that there isn't a lot of great shopping on the Big Island, but unless you're searching for w

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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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Cliff Johns Gallery

    Art Galleries

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

  • 5. Coconut Grove Marketplace

    Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 6. Harbor Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Since 1990, this gallery has been enticing visitors with a vast collection of paintings and sculptures by more than 200 Big Island artists....Read More

  • 7. Holualoa Gallery

    Art Galleries

    One of several excellent galleries along the narrow highway in this historic artists' village, this shop carries stunning contemporary raku...Read More

  • 8. Keauhou Shopping Center

    Shopping Neighborhoods

    About 5 miles south of Kailua Village, this neighborhood shopping center includes KTA Superstore, Longs Drugs, Kona Stories bookstore, and a...Read More

  • 9. Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Stores here include Martin & MacArthur, featuring koa furniture and accessories, and Tori Richard, which offers upscale resort wear, as...Read More

  • 10. Kona Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Gary and Elizabeth Theriault showcase a variety of local art here, including Gary's Big Island life photos and Elizabeth's hand-painted drums...Read More

  • 11. Kona Inn Shopping Village

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Originally a hotel, the Kona Inn was built in 1928 to woo a new wave of wealthy travelers. As newer condos and resorts opened along the Kona...Read More

  • 12. Kona Marketplace

    Crafts

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

  • 13. Parker Square

    Shopping Neighborhoods

    Although the Gallery of Great Things is this center's star attraction, it's also worth looking in at the Waimea General Store; Sweet Wind, for...Read More

  • 14. Rankin Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Watercolorist and oil painter Patrick Louis Rankin showcases his own work at his shop in a restored plantation store next to the bright-green...Read More

  • 15. Waipio Valley Artworks

    Art Galleries

    In this quaint gallery in a vintage home, you can find finely crafted wooden bowls, koa furniture, paintings, and jewelry—all made by local...Read More

  • 16. Wishard Gallery

    Art Galleries

    A Big Island–born artist whose verdant landscapes and paniolo (cowboy)-themed paintings have become iconic throughout the Islands, Harry Wishard...Read More

  • 17. Woodshop Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Run by local artists Peter and Jeanette McLaren, this Honomu gallery showcases their woodwork and photography collections along with beautiful...Read More

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