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. Big Island Candies

    Food/Candy

    A local legend in the cookie- and chocolate-making business, Big Island Candies is a must-see for connoisseurs of fine chocolates. The packaging...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Keauhou Store

    Convenience/General Stores

    This historical roadside store has been transformed into a combination convenience store, bakeshop, lunch stop, gift shop, and museum. When...Read More

  • 4. Sugar Coast Candy

    Food/Candy

    Located on the bayfront in downtown Hilo, this beautifully decorated candy boutique, owned by interior decorator Carolyn Arashiro, is a blast...Read More

  • 5. Alii Gardens Marketplace

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    This mellow, parklike market, open Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5, features outdoor stalls offering tropical flowers, produce, soaps, kettle...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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 Walmart, where visitors can...Read More

  • 8. Hilo Coffee Mill

    Local Specialties

    In addition to a fantastic coffee-farm tour, the Hilo Coffee Mill sells coffee from a variety of local producers, along with locally made baked...Read More

  • 9. Hilo Shopping Center

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Among this shopping plaza's 40 shops are a day spa, a pharmacy, a trendy boutique, and popular Lanky's Pastries and Island Naturals Market and...Read More

  • 10. Kailua Candy Company

    Food/Candy

    This chocolate company has been satisfying sweet tooths for more than three decades with decadent desserts and sinful bites of chocolate heaven...Read More

  • 11. Kaloko Light Industrial Park

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This large retail complex near the airport includes Costco, the best place to stock up on food if you're staying at a vacation rental. Kona...Read More

  • 12. Kawaihae Harbor Shopping Center

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This almost-oceanfront shopping plaza houses the exquisite Harbor Gallery, which represents more than 200 Big Island artists. Stroll inside...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Mrs. Barry's Kona Cookies

    Food/Candy

    For 30 years, Mrs. Barry and her family have been serving yummy home-baked cookies, including macadamia nut, white chocolate–macadamia nut,...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Two Ladies Kitchen

    Local Specialties

    This hole-in-the-wall confections shop has made a name for itself thanks to its pillowy mochi (Japanese rice pounded into a sticky paste and...Read More

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