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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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Just Ukes

    Local Specialties

    As the name suggests, this place is all about ukeleles—from music books to T-shirts to accessories like cases and bags. The independently owned...Read More

  • 10. 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 are hats...Read More

  • 11. Kona Coffee & Tea Company

    Local Specialties

    This family-owned coffee company operates all of their businesses—growing, roasting, brewing, and serving their authentic Kona coffee—within...Read More

  • 12. Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    This place lives up to its name by stocking unique gifts from around the Pacific, be it pure Hawaiian ohia lehua honey, ka'u coffee, aloha wear...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 16. 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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