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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Blue Ginger

    Clothing

    The Waikoloa branch of this fashion veteran offers really sweet matching aloha outfits for the entire family. There are also handbags, shoes...Read More

  • 4. Honolua Surf Company

    Clothing

    Surfer chic, compliments of Roxy, Billabong, and the like, is for sale here for both men and women. This is a great place to shop for a bikini...Read More

  • 5. King Kamehameha Mall

    Crafts

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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Mermaids Swimwear

    Clothing

    Local residents know that Mermaids is the best place in Kona to buy fashion-forward ladies' swimwear, sandals, hats, and other stylish beach...Read More

  • 9. Paradise Found

    Clothing

    Carrying contemporary silk and rayon clothing for adult women, this reputable shop is in the upcountry town of Kainaliu, near Aloha Theatre...Read More

  • 10. 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 Lilikoi...Read More

  • 11. Persimmon

    Clothing

    This darling little boutique is stocked with trendy women's clothing from lines such as Michael Stars, Free People, Blu Moon, and Sky, plus...Read More

  • 12. Prince Kuhio Plaza

    Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 13. Reyn's

    Clothing

    Reyn Spooner's dressy clothing has been a tradition in Hawaii since 1959 and remains popular among locals and visitors alike. The store offers...Read More

  • 14. Sig Zane Designs

    Clothing

    This acclaimed boutique sells distinctive island wearables with bold colors and motifs designed by the legendary Sig Zane, known for his artwork...Read More

  • 15. Cinnamon Girl

    Clothing

    This store's feminine, flirty outfits—original print dresses, skirts, and tops designed and made in Hawaii—offer a contemporary twist on traditional...Read More

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