Kauai

There aren't a lot of shops and spas on Kauai, but what you will find here are a handful of places very much worth checking out for the quality of their selection of items sold and services rendered. Many shops now make an effort to sell as many locally made products as possible. When buying an item, ask where it was made or eve
There aren't a lot of shops and spas on Kauai, but what you will find here are a handful of places very much worth checking out for the quality of their selection of items sold and services rendered. Many shops now make an effort to sell as many locally made products as
There aren't a lot of shops and spas on Kauai, but what you will find here are a handful of places very much worth check

There aren't a lot of shops and spas on Kauai, but what you will find here are a handful of places very much worth checking out for the quality of their selection of items sold and services rendered. Many shops now make an effort to sell as many locally made products as possible. When buying an item, ask where it was made or even who made it.

Often you will find that a product handcrafted on the island may not be that much more expensive than a similar product made overseas. You can also look for the purple "Kauai Made" sticker many merchants display.

Along with one major shopping mall, a few shopping centers, and a growing number of big-box retailers, Kauai has some delightful mom-and-pop shops and specialty boutiques with lots of character. The Garden Isle also has a large and talented community of artisans and fine artists, with galleries all around the island showcasing their creations. You can find many island-made arts and crafts in the small shops, and it's worthwhile to stop in at crafts fairs and outdoor markets to look for bargains and mingle with island residents.

If you're looking for a special memento of your trip that is unique to Kauai County, check out the distinctive Niihau shell lei. The tiny shells are collected from beaches on Kauai and Niihau, pierced, and strung into beautiful necklaces, chokers, and earrings. It's a time-consuming and exacting craft, and these items are much in demand, so don't be taken aback by the high price tags. Those made by Niihau residents will have certificates of authenticity and are worth collecting. You often can find cheaper versions made by non-Hawaiians at crafts fairs.

Kauai is often touted as the healing island, and local spas try hard to fill that role. With the exception of the Hyatt's ANARA Spa, the facilities aren't as posh as some might want, but it's in the human element that Kauai excels. Many island residents are known for their warmth, kindness, and humility, and you can often find all these attributes in the massage therapists and technicians who work long hours at the resort spas. These professionals take their therapeutic mission seriously; they genuinely want you to experience the island's relaxing, restorative qualities. Private massage services abound on the island, and your spa therapist may offer the same services at a much lower price outside the resort, but if you're looking for a variety of health-and-beauty treatments, an exercise workout, or a full day of pampering, a spa will prove most convenient.

Though most spas on Kauai are associated with resorts, none is restricted to guests only. And there's much by way of healing and wellness to be found on Kauai beyond the traditional spa—or even the day spa. More and more retreat facilities are offering what some would call alternative healing therapies. Others would say there's nothing alternative about them; you can decide for yourself.

Open Hours. Stores are typically open daily from 9 or 10 am to 5 pm, although some stay open until 9 pm, especially those near resorts. Don't be surprised if the posted hours don't match the actual hours of operation at the smaller shops, where owners may be fairly casual about keeping to a regular schedule.

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  • 1. ANARA Spa

    Spa/Beauty

    The luxurious ANARA Spa has all the equipment and services you expect from a top resort spa, along with a pleasant, professional staff. Best...Read More

  • 2. Galerie 103

    Art Galleries

    This gallery sells art, but the owners want you to experience it as well. Sparse and dramatic, the main room at Galerie 103 consists of concrete...Read More

  • 3. Halelea Spa

    Spa/Beauty

    This superb spa at the St. Regis Princeville Resort is indeed a House of Joy, as its Hawaiian name translates, so long as you are prepared to...Read More

  • 4. Kapaia Stitchery

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Hawaiian quilts made by hand and machine, a beautiful selection of fabrics, quilting kits, handmade aloha shirts, and unique fabric arts fill...Read More

  • 5. Kauai Community Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    This is the biggest and best farmers' market on Kauai, sponsored by the Kauai Farm Bureau at the community college in Lihue, and held on Saturday...Read More

  • 6. Kauai Museum

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    The gift shop at the museum sells some fascinating books, maps, and prints, as well as lovely authentic Niihau shell jewelry, handwoven lau...Read More

  • 7. A Ell Atelier

    Clothing

    Clothing designer Angelique Ell sells everything from custom wedding gowns to men's aloha shirts to children's clothing, using all-natural fabrics...Read More

  • 8. Alexander Day Spa & Salon at the Kauai Marriott

    Spa/Beauty

    This sister spa of Alexander Simson's Beverly Hills spa focuses on body care rather than exercise, so don't expect any fitness equipment or...Read More

  • 9. ALOHA Images

    Art Galleries

    ALOHA stands for "Affordable Location of Original Hawaiian Art." A self-proclaimed "candy store for art lovers," it has a large selection of...Read More

  • 10. Angeline's Muolaulani Wellness Center

    Spa/Beauty

    It doesn't get more authentic, or rustic, than this. In the mid-1980s Aunty Angeline Locey opened her Anahola home to offer traditional Hawaiian...Read More

  • 11. Art Shop

    Art Galleries

    This is primarily a framing shop, but the Art Shop also sells original oils, photos, and sculptures, many by local artists, as well as art supplies. ...Read More

  • 12. Ching Young Village

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This popular shopping center has its roots in the Chinese immigrants who came to Hawaii in the early 19th century. Hanalei's only full-service...Read More

  • 13. Crystal & Gems Gallery

    Jewelry/Accessories

    Sparkling crystals of every shape, size, type, and color, as well as jewelry and paintings, are sold in this small, amply stocked boutique....Read More

  • 14. Deja Vu Surf Hawaii: Kapaa

    Clothing

    This family operation has a great assortment of surf wear and clothes for outdoors fanatics, including tank tops, visors, swimwear, and Kauai...Read More

  • 15. Divine Planet

    Clothing

    This friendly, hip boutique sells unusual merchandise from India and other exotic Asian locales. Dangly earrings, loose, natural clothing, beads...Read More

  • 16. Eleele Shopping Center

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Kauai's West Side has a scattering of stores, including those at this no-frills strip mall. It has several banks, a hardware store, laundromat...Read More

  • 17. Halelea Gallery

    Art Galleries

    In addition to offering original works by Kauai artists and others, this stylish gallery doubles as a boutique which sells a unique sampling...Read More

  • 18. Hanalei Center

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Once an old Hanalei schoolhouse, the Hanalei Center is now a bevy of boutiques and restaurants. You can dig through ’40s and ’50s vintage memorabilia...Read More

  • 19. Hanalei Day Spa

    Spa/Beauty

    As you travel beyond tony Princeville, life slows down. The single-lane bridges may be one reason. Another is the Hanalei Day Spa, an open-air...Read More

  • 20. Hilo Hattie, The Store of Hawaii

    Clothing

    This is the big name in aloha wear for tourists throughout the Islands, and Hilo Hattie, the Store of Hawaii has only one store on Kauai. Located...Read More

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