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 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. Mauna Lani Spa


    This is a one-of-a-kind experience with a mix of traditional standbys (lomilomi massage, moisturizing facials) and innovative treatments influenced...Read More

  • 2. Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii


    This ranks among the best massage facilities on the island, partially due to the superlative setting—private massage areas are situated amid...Read More

  • 3. A Ala Hawaii Massage and Spa


    With oceanfront views of Kailua Bay, this spa offers a full menu of massage treatments as well as wraps, facials, and waxing. It's a convenient...Read More

  • 4. Crossroads Shopping Center


    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

  • 5. Hale Hoola Spa in Volcano


    Although this spa is located in a private home, those staying in Volcano have easy access to body treatments, massages, and facials at far more...Read More

  • 6. Hapuna Spa at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel


    Locals and visitors come to the contemporary salon at Hapuna Spa for the latest haircuts and styling. The adjoining full-service spa offers...Read More

  • 7. Hawaii Island Retreat Maluhia Spa


    This remote and elegant sanctuary in North Kohala offers three artfully appointed indoor treatment rooms and two outdoor massage platforms that...Read More

  • 8. Hoola Spa at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay


    The hotel's oceanfront spa offers a menu of tropical delights with combination options that let you mix and match for a super-heavenly—and affordable...Read More

  • 9. Kohala Spa at the Hilton Waikoloa Village


    Naupaka grows in abundance along the shores of Hawaii Island, and Kohala Spa pays it tribute with the 80-minute Signature Naupaka White Flower...Read More

  • 10. Kona Shiatsu Clinic


    Tucked away in a vintage bungalow near Manago Hotel, this peaceful little clinic offers deep-tissue shiatsu massage, Japanese style. A master...Read More

  • 11. Mamalahoa Hot Tubs and Massage


    Tucked into a residential neighborhood above Kealakekua, this is a welcome alternative to the large Kohala Coast resort spas. It feels like...Read More

  • 12. Mandara Spa at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort


    Overlooking the hotel's main pool with a distant view of the ocean, Mandara offers a complete, if not unique, spa menu, with lomilomi, scrubs...Read More

  • 13. Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara


    Mandara blends European, Balinese, and indigenous treatments to create the ultimate spa experience. Though this facility is on the smaller side...Read More

  • 14. Prince Kuhio Plaza

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    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

  • 15. Spa Vive


    Occupying a circa-1897 house just above Hilo Town on the way to Rainbow Falls, this charming day spa and salon features 10 treatment rooms,...Read More

  • 16. The Lotus Center


    Tucked away on the first floor of the Royal Kona Resort, the Lotus Center provides a convenient option for massage treatments, facials, and...Read More

  • 17. The Spa at Hualalai


    For the exclusive use of Four Seasons Resort guests and members, this spa features 28 massage treatment areas. Tropical breezes waft through...Read More

  • 18. Pau Hana Massage


    This classy massage studio, owned and operated by resort-trained massage therapists and open only on weekdays, is conveniently located in downtown...Read More

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