Where to Shop on the Island of Hawaii
Collected by Andrea Rip, AFAR Local Expert
and, Kamehameha Avenue, Mamo St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
The Huffington Post named the Hilo Farmers Market the best in the United States. For fresh local flavors, the market is open every day except Sunday. The big market days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays where more than 200 vendors including farmers...
75-5669 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Kona coffee is famous around the world as one of Hawaii's best known products. The relatively small coffee growing area on the Big Island of Hawaii produces only a small fraction of the world's coffee beans. The limited production makes Hawaii...
16-701 Macadamia Road, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Living in Hawaii, I find it's not hard to appreciate macadamia nuts. After moving to the Islands, I did not waste any time determining my favorite kind of chocolate-covered mac, Mauna Loa. As with many other companies, mac nut orchards dot the Big...
75-5744 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Both Hilo and Kona have quaint downtown areas with small shops and cafes. Kona has been updated more recently to accommodate travelers who predominantly stay on the Kona side of the Big Island. With coffee shops, restaurants like the Kona Canoe...
831 Leilani St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
For travelers who visit Hawaii and want a quiet, tucked-away vacation from the rest of the world, Hilo is a fantastic town to find a condo for rent and sunrises from the local beaches or to enjoy quiet evenings staying in. While no one needs to...
48-5416 Kukuihaele Rd, Honokaa, HI 96727, USA
For road-trippers around the Big Island of Hawaii, the Waipio Valley is an attraction all its own with a beautiful green valley that opens into the sea. Several shops and stops in the area make a pleasurable drive more interesting. One such stop...
111 Puainako St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Souvenirs galour is what you’ll find at Hilo Hattie’s, an Islandwide chain filled with aloha-wear, macadamia nuts, hula dolls, sunglasses, ukuleles, and key chains. It’s the perfect place to choose from a variety of aloha shirts, or splashy,...
45-3490 Mamane St, Honokaa, HI 96727, USA
Catching the Honokaa Trading Company during “open” hours is a little hit-or-miss these days. Grace, a respected elder of the Honokaa community, has put her time in the old shop and can be forgiven for easing up a bit on her work. She has been...
77-996 Hualalai Rd, Holualoa, HI 96725, USA
In the Hawaiian language, lauhala means "leaf." A fourth generation family business, the Kimura Lauahala Shop is more than just a roadside store, it is a landmark of sorts, and a steadfast member of the Holualoa community. The custom made hats,...
65-1279 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
In The Gallery of Great Things, visitors will find much more than "things" to experience when they walk in the shop. The actual building was a nurses' quarters during WWII serving an estimated 50,000 soldiers who passed through during the war....
12-5038 Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA
If there is one thing you will take away from the Island of Hawaii’s small towns, it’s the sense of community the locals share. A fantastic place to experience this friendly, hippy group of small business owners and artisans is at Uncle Robert’s...
Very few people have the willpower to resist a candy shop. Anyone with curiosity about the candy making process will be drawn to Big Island Candies with the big picture windows into their production room. Their small batches ensure fresh...
250 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA
For the shopper, fine fashion and luxury stores dot the tropically appointed walkways around Kings' Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort. It’s an idyllic one stop shop for a romantic evening out with dinner at Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill and a possible...
78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, HI 96725, USA
Cultural events, live music, and a variety of artwork can be seen at Donkey Mill Art Center. The gallery is open daily for visitors and features exhibits as diverse as the creative minds that make them. An appreciation for art and culture along...
256 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
The name says it all. It’s impossible to visit this den of trinkets, gifts and general frippery without buying something you didn’t know you needed. Expect loud aloha shirts, locally made jewelry and Hilo-themed souvenirs that are a...
55-3419 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi, HI 96719, USA
Ukeleles and aloha can be found at Hawi Gallery where the most authentic Hawaiian instruments can be found—even some made from rare koa wood. Well known to provide exceptional ukuleles, the shop carries vintage models and their modern...
55-3419 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi, HI 96720, USA
A recent addition to the Kohala Coast is a small market that specializes in local goods and produce. The highlight for me is the seasonal tropical fruit that is arranged colorfully for selection. Owners Leo and Jeannievie also select locally...
78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Farmers, creatives, and cafes all come together on Wednesdays at the Hooulu Community Farmers Market and Artisans Fair. The market is a brilliant way for tourists to see what the Big Island is capable of producing—in terms of produce, creative...
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA
The counterpart to Kings' Shops in Waikoloa is Queens' MarketPlace—a family-friendly venue for shopping, dining, and entertainment where everyone can enjoy a little hula, live music, or a movie under the stars. If you’re feeling peckish before (or...
79-7407 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, HI 96750, USA
This is a worthwhile quick stop for anyone who enjoys chocolate or innuendo and is passing through Kainaliu on the west coast of Hawaii Island (around eight miles south of Kailua-Kona, just before Captain Cook). They specialize in donkey balls,...
82-6160 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA
This small farmers’ market takes place every Sunday from around 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Captain Cook on the west coast of Hawaii Island. There’s local produce on sale, as well as the obligatory macadamia nuts, honey, and Kona coffee, but...
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