Shopping in Hawaii

Hawaii

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
Hawaii (The Big Island)

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens is really a warehouse stuffed with perennially blooming orchids and contains a sizable collection – ready for shipping. Seeds and starters for Kona coffee plants, papaya, guava, hibiscus and bamboo orchids are also available for sale.

Ala Moana Center
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Holy fashion, this attractive open-air shopping mall could compete on an international runway with some of Asia’s most famous malls. And the shoppers are top-shelf fashionistas, stocking up on couture. The usual mall anchors are here, (Sears and Macy’s) as are the designer name brands (you name it) and the trendy teen brands (Abercrombie & Fitch).

A favorite for local color is the Crack Seed Center, where you can just scoop from jars full of pickled mangoes, candied ginger, dried cuttlefish and banzai (rice crackers, nuts and dried fish) mix. The ground floor or the shopping center is also the hub for TheBus service.

Alan’s Art & Collectibles
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Time travel through Hawai’i’s past in Alan’s Art & Collectibles, a secondhand shop full of coconut ashtrays, bowling trophies, Elvis posters, record albums, aloha shirts and occasional treasures.

Aloha Island Art
O’ahu, USA

In front of Jungle Gems, this outdoor stand sells unique gyotaku prints, based on a Japanese art form of handpainted fish prints. Artist Michael Hemperly uses handmade papers and sells his original works when the winds are too calm to go windsurfing.

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

The Aloha Stadium, best known as the host to nationally televised football games and music concerts, transforms itself three days a week into Hawaii’s biggest and best swap meet. For local flavour, it’s hard to beat, with some 1500 vendors selling an amazing variety of items, from beach gear and bananas to T-shirts and old Hawaii license plates.


 

Aloha Tower Marketplace
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

This handsome harbourfront shopping centre is anchored by the 56m (184ft) Aloha Tower, built in 1926 to greet arriving cruise ships. Today the two-storey marketplace, with over 75 open-air shops and kiosks, is a theme mall with many Hawaiiana or only-in Hawaii shops. Some of Hawaii’s best musicians perform at several of the waterfront restaurants and lounges.

 

Antique Alley
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

This cooperative shop is delightfully crammed full of rare collectibles and other cast-off memorabilia from Hawaii through the decades. Vendors sell everything from poi pounders and carved wooden bowls to vintage hula dolls, Matson cruise-liner artifacts and estate jewelry.

Arius Hopman Gallery
Kaua’i, USA

A Kaua’i resident since the early 1990s, the well-traveled Hopman is an engineer-turned- watercolorist; his representational renderings of Kaua’i are easy on the eye.

Art of Marbling
Kaua’i, USA

Becky J Wold creates exquisite marbled silks, which make unique scarves, sarongs, wraps or wall art. Also on display are Robert Bader’s gorgeous wood sculpture, including translucent Norfolk pine bowls.

Aunty Lilikoi Passion Fruit Products
Kaua’i, USA

This mom-and-pop shop run by Tony and Lori Cardenas concocts the gamut of delectable passion-fruit jellies and other condiments. The liliko’i-wasabi mustard beat over 300 rivals to win the 2005 Grand Champion Medal in the Napa Valley Mustard Competition. The liliko’i is the same variety you see growing wild on Kaua’i (with yellow skin and seedy orange pulp), but a pure fruit puree imported from Ecuador is used because locally grown fruit isn’t available in such quantity or quality yet.

Backdoor
Kaua’i, USA

The Hanalei Surf Company’s sister is similar in youthful vibe, but carries skateboards and a wider selection of alternative street clothes by brands including Luci Love, Volcom, Paul Frank and Billabong.

Bailey’s Antique Shop
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

This famous mecca for vintage and used aloha shirts promises over 15,000 choices. You’re guaranteed to find something memorable.

Bakery
Maui, USA

Lahaina’s finest bakery, in a nondescript industrial park, offers sinfully sweet pastries, crispy croissants and generously heaped sandwiches.

Banana Patch
Kaua’i, USA

Home of the colorfully painted ‘Mahalo for removing your shoes’ hanging tiles, originated by Joanna Carolan. Also find handpainted platters and bowls, fine jewelry and other gifts.

Banyan Tree Gallery
Maui, USA

The nonprofit collective Lahaina Arts Society represents more than 100 island artists at this extensive gallery. The works run the gamut from avant-garde paintings to traditional weavings. Many of Maui’s best-known artists got their start here, and there are some gems among the collection, so it’s a good place to start your browsing.

 

 

Big Island Candies
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Big Island Candies makes stylishly packaged confections and shortbread – watch them hand-dip chocolate from behind picture windows. One visit makes short work of your gift list.

Ching’s Punalu’u Store
O’ahu, USA

This market and deli dates back to 1935 when it was founded by a local jack-of-all trades. A small shrine to the original owner resides beside the deli counter. In addition to the normal corner-store goods, you can pick up pre-made poi butter, mochi (Japanese sticky rice cake) and plantation iced tea (pineapple and mint) as well as bait (but not sushi).

Cindy’s Lei Shop
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

A friendly and inviting place with lei made of maile (a native twining plant), lantern ilima (a native ground cover) and Micronesian ginger, in addition to more common orchids and plumeria.

Cinnamon Girl
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Flirty rayon dresses that are cool, contemporary and island-made hang on the racks of this trendy shop designed by O’ahu resident Jonelle Fujita. Sandals, bejeweled necklaces and sweet, old-fashioned accessories like floppy hats line the shelves.

Crazy Shirts
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

This iconic T-shirt company, founded in 1964, offers unique island designs on heavyweight cotton. A Kilauea motif is dyed using volcanic ash, and the Kona Brewing Company line is dyed using…beer!

Dan De Luz’s Woods
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Dan is a master woodworker who takes native hardwoods such as koa, sandalwood, mango and banyan and crafts gorgeous bowls, platters and furniture. His store is an education, and his workshop is next door.

Dan’s Green House
Maui, USA

Looking for an unusual souvenir? Dan’s specializes in ‘fuku-bonsai’ – a mini-tree only a few inches high with its roots grown around a Hawaiian lava rock.

Davison Arts
Kaua’i, USA

View Hayley Davison’s exquisite wood furniture and John Davison’s striking paintings inspired by Kaua’i’s landscapes. Ready to shell out around US$2400 for a lustrous koa rocker?

 

Diamond Head Farmers Market
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Diamond Head Farmers Market is O’ahu’s premier gathering of farmers and their fans. Everything sold at the market is local and has a loyal following, such as Don Akiyama’s jams that are made with berries from the Big Island, and North Shore’s Big Wave Tomatoes. Different restaurants are invited each week to prepare meals should you come only to’window’ shop.

 

Discovery Antiques
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Packed with cases of Hawaiian antiques and curiosities, Discovery Antiques is great for a unique find. Keep the kids distracted with locally made ice cream sold right in the store.

Earth & Sea Gallery

Kaua’i, USA

All pocketbooks can find a gift here, from ‘beanbag’ geckos (filled with Kaua’i sand) to intricately carved wooden frames (around US$75 to around US$130) and coconut-shell lamps ($85).

Edith King Wilcox Gift Shop
Kaua’i, USA

Located at Kaua’i Museum, this shopping delight features a broad selection of Hawaiiana books, plus koa bowls and other handicrafts. Enter the shop, free of charge, through the museum lobby.

End of the Rainbow
Kaua’i, USA

Handmade jewelry, island-style clothing and sarongs, art prints and photography featuring mainly Kaua’i artists. The collection of genuine puka-shell necklaces (around US$75 to around US$200) is a far cry from cheapo fakes. The friendly proprietor makes browsers feel welcome.

Foodland
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Full-service supermarket at Hawaii’s biggest mall, with free parking.

Foodland supermarket
O’ahu, USA

If you’re looking to eavesdrop on community gossip, then hit this grocery store during prime time: right after school. It does not sell alcohol (thanks to the Mormons), but all the other staples are here.

Hale’iwa Art Gallery

O’ahu, USA

This modern art space carries North Shore and Polynesian artists including Alfred Furtado, who is known for painting vivid pictures of hula dancers, many of whom are relatives by marriage.

Hana Coast Gallery
Maui, USA

Stop by this gallery at the north side of Hotel Hana-Maui even if you’re not shopping, just to see the museum-quality wooden bowls, paintings and Hawaiian featherwork.

Hilo Hattie
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

You can’t escape ads for this warehouse of kitschy Hawaiiana, built to process gigantic busloads of tourists. If you need a cheap aloha shirt, matching muumuu or plastic puka shell necklace, Waikiki’s ubiquitous ABC Stores are probably cheaper, however.

Hilo Hattie
Kaua’i, USA

Ubiquitous statewide, this tourist chain sure draws in the tour-bus crowd. While it’s a convenient one-stop shop for generic souvenirs (eg macadamias), beware of overpriced edibles or mediocre knickknacks made in China or the Philippines.

Hilo Seeds & Snacks
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

A closet-sized shopfront, Hilo Seeds & Snacks contains an overwhelming variety of ‘crack seed’, that bizarre Chinese dried-fruit snack that some find addictive and others find – well, try some yourself. The friendly owner will explain the types: plums dried with salt, vinegar, sugar and more, some medicinal and others mild. Mango with li hing powder is a sweet choice.

Hilo Surplus Store
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

This vintage army surplus store is the place for jungle-grade machetes or a bolt of camouflage Gore-tex. Campers will find rain gear, tents and authentic mess kits.

Holualoa Ukulele Gallery
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

In the historic Holualoa post-office building, Sam Rosen sells ukulele handcrafted by himself as well as other craftsmen at prices only serious buyers would consider. Signed portraits of local ukulele legends Jake Shimabukuro and ‘Ohta-san’ give the gallery a professional seal of approval.

Honokaa Trading Company
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Afternoons are lost rummaging through the dusty treasures in this secondhand store. Highlights are used books on Hawaii, vintage business signs, a few true antiques and aloha shirts. Opening hours are subject to the owner’s hula schedule.

Hula Girl
Kaua’i, USA

Aloha-shirt aficionados will find a wide selection of quality, name-brand shirts (around US$40 to around US$130). Feel the silky soft Tori Richard line in cotton lawn (around US$70 to around US$75). Also sells women’s dresses, jewelry, island-made ceramics, art prints and other souvenirs.

Hula Supply Center
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

For 60 years, Hawaiian musicians and dancers have come here to get their kukui-nut lei, calabash drum gourds, Tahitian-style hula skirts, nose flutes and more. Kapa-print aloha shirts and Hawaiiana CDs, DVDs and books are nifty souvenirs for nondancers.

International Market Place
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

The International Market Place has all the kitschy, tacky souvenirs you ever wanted, spread among a hundred stalls under a sprawling banyan tree in central Waikiki.

Ipu Hale Gallery
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Next to the café, this gallery sells ipu(gourds) decoratively carved with gorgeous Hawaiian imagery in an ancient method unique to the Hawaiian island of Ni’ihau. Lost after the introduction of Western crockery, the art form was revived by a Big Island scholar just 15 years ago.

Island Books
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Island Books is the best used bookstore for miles, with a good Hawaiiana section and an extremely knowledgeable owner. Move fast or get caught in his enjoyable chatter.

Island Soap & Candle Works
Kaua’i, USA

Follow your nose toward the soothing fragrances of plumeria, pineapple and dozens more. Established in 1984 to recreate the art of soap- and candle-making, the company is now a mini-chain.

Itsu’s Fishing Supplies
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

No visit to Hilo is complete without a stop at Itsu’s Fishing Supplies – yes, a fishing-supply store! – which sells Hilo’s best ice shave (note: Hilo folks call it ‘ice shave’, not ‘shave ice’). The ice shave is hand-cranked off an ice block, scooped into a cone and topped with your choice of sweet syrups – double your pleasure and add ice cream in the middle. The hardworking owners offer a popular, fresh lunch buffet as well.

Iwa Gallery
O’ahu, USA

This smaller gallery carries primarily the wax candle works of owner Scott Bechtol; his most popular pieces are the crying Tiki candles, designed so that the wax drips out of the candle like tears.

Jeff Chang Pottery & Fine Crafts
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Not everything at this beautiful downtown gallery is island-made, but it is all handcrafted. The striking raku pottery is made by Chang himself. You’ll also find exquisite hand-turned bowls of Hawaiian hardwoods, art jewelry and blown glass by some of Hawaii’s finest artisans. There’s another branch at Ward Warehouse.

Kamaka Hawaii
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Dozens of shops sell cheap plastic and wood ukuleles around Waikiki and Chinatown. But this legendary instrument maker near Restaurant Row specializes in the real thing: handcrafted ukuleles made on Oʻahu, with prices starting around $500. In business since 1916, its signature instrument is a ‘pineapple’ ukulele with an oval-shaped body that produces a less twangy sound.

Kapaia Stitchery
Kaua’i, USA

Nirvana for folks who sew, with a wide selection of tropical fabrics, Hawaiian quilt and pillow kits and needlepoint designs. Custom-made aloha shirts and other handmade items on sale for those who can’t thread a needle.

Kauai Chocolate Company
Kaua’i, USA

Chocoholics, get your fix here. Signature treats include the Krabs (with caramel, pretzels and macs), luscious fudge, Piko Paint (edible body goo) and lots of sugar-free options. For massive decadence, buy Da Brick, a 16oz hunk of macadamia toffee, caramel, chocolate and more.

Kaua’i Products Fair
Kaua’i, USA

Worth a browse, this outdoor fair on the north side of town sells handmade souvenirs, photography, aloha wear, produce, herbal remedies and much, much more.

Kaua’i’s Hindu Monastery Gift Shop
Kaua’i, USA

While not Hawaiian or local, the souvenirs here are unusual – chanting CDs, alarm clocks with the Great Crystal on the face, granite lingams and tiger-eye Ganesha figurines.

Kaukini Gallery & Gift Shop
Maui, USA

Just before the 14-mile marker, the hilltop Kaukini Gallery & Gift Shop has works by island artists, with watercolors, native-fiber baskets, pottery and much more. There’s a soda machine here, too, and a good bird’s-eye view of Kahakuloa village from the grounds.

Kihei Kalama Village
Maui, USA

Kihei overflows with souvenir shops of all sorts, the most interesting being Kihei Kalama Village, opposite Kalama Park, which has a collection of stalls selling cheapo T-shirts, sarongs and jewelry.

Kilohana Plantation
Kaua’i, USA

While touristy, this classy collection of shops boasts a scenic historic-manor setting and quality goods. Find intricate Ni’ihau shell lei, scrimshaw, dolls, woodcarvings and contemporary paintings by local artists. The aloha shirts at Kilohana Clothing Company are top-notch.

Kimura Lauhala Shop
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Three generations of Kimuras weave quality lauhala (pandana plant) products here, as they have since the 1930s. Originally, they purchased lauhala products from Hawaiian weavers and sold them at the family’s general store. When demand increased they took on the production themselves. Don’t fall prey to cheap imports – the lauhala hats, placemats, baskets, bags and floor mats sold here are the real deal.

Kokonut Kids
Kaua’i, USA

A smorgasbord of unique, top-quality, locally made children’s clothing and toys. The colorful screen-printed tees and handmade sun hats are irresistible. And where else can you find a tropical-print Barbie camping tent and sleeping bag?

 

Kona International Market
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

This awesome new complex is made up of five large warehouse buildings filled with individual stalls selling everything imaginable, including gifts, beach gear, boutique-quality clothing, produce and flowers. There’s a food court and ample parking.

 

 

Kong Lung Co
Kaua’i, USA

If you appreciate fine furnishings and Asian design, Kong Lung is a must. Browse the high-quality lifestyle wares, including classic Japanese pottery, imaginative chopsticks, designer aloha shirts, glossy collector books and unique children’s toys.

Kukui Grove Shopping Center
Kaua’i, USA

Kaua’i’s only true ‘mall’ includes major department and big-box chains including Macy’s, Sears, Longs Drugs, Borders, Kmart, Star Market, Radio Shack and banks. It resembles any suburban mall; don’t expect designer boutiques or fancy restaurants.

Zeidman Gallery
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Bowls and sculpture made from over 50 types of Hawaiian wood – most of them grown on the Big Island – are on display at L Zeidman Gallery. The craftsmanship standard is high, with prices to match.

Lahaina Printsellers
Maui, USA

Hawaii’s largest purveyor of antique maps, including fascinating originals dating back to the days of Captain Cook; also sells affordable reproductions.

Lai Fong Department Store
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

For antiques, junk and kitsch, a great place to browse is Lai Fong Department Store, which sells a variety of antiques and knick-knacks, including Chinese silk clothing, Oriental porcelain and old postcards of Hawaii dating back to the first half of the 20th century.

Leonard’s
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

This classic Portuguese bakery is famous for malasadas, an addictive, spongy, often-cream-filled donut. Try coconut cream; you’ll be hooked.

Locals Only
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

The brand name, which has been around since 1981, says it all. It’s a casual place to pick up rayon reproductions of vintage aloha shirts and T-shirts that represent island lifestyles, such as a Rastafarian-colored shaka sign with the logo ‘Keep Hawaii Green.’

Longs Drugs
Kaua’i, USA

Longs is the local favorite catchall store. Find a wide range of gifts – from classic macadamia treats to locally published children’s books – plus snorkeling gear, bodyboards and cheap rubbah slippah (rubber flip-flops).

Made on the Big Island Outlet
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Made on the Big Island Outlet store stocks a wide selection of top-notch souvenirs, island crafts, edibles, clothing and oddities, including take-home potted bonsai.

Mana Hawaiʻi
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

This airy space offers authentic Hawaii-made products (eg woodcarving and bowls) as well as photos and books on Hawaii, and hosts classes in Hawaiian language, hula, lauhala weaving etc.

ManuheAli’i
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

When Hawaii gals need a party dress, many look to this homegrown shop for original and modern designs. The flowing rayon dresses take inspiration from the traditional muumuu, but are transformed into contemporary looks that range from daring to sassy.

Marta’s Boat
Kaua’i, USA

The whimsical Marta’s Boat will delight ‘princesses of all ages’ with feminine and sexy threads from Paris, LA and New York. Distinctive lingerie and frocks shine, but jewelry and excruciatingly cute little-girl clothes also enchant. Be prepared for big-city price tags.

Maui Crafts Guild
Maui, USA

One of the island’s best galleries, this collective of Maui artists and craftspeople sells everything from pottery and jewelry to handpainted silks and natural-fiber baskets. It’s on the makai side of the road as you come into town from Kahului.

Maui Swap Meet
Maui, USA

Skip the mall and head to this quintessential island scene where you buy direct from craftspeople and local farmers (admission 50¢). You’ll not only find fresh organic Hana fruits, Kula veggies and homemade banana bread, but it’s a fun place to souvenir shop for everything from Hawaiian quilts to Maui designed T’s. This place glows with aloha and the prices are unbeatable.

MauiGrown Coffee
Maui, USA

On the mountain side of the highway, next to the former sugar mill’s smokestack, this shop sells west Maui’s newest homegrown crop, Ka’anapali Estate coffee. Buy it by the pound, or test it by the cup.

Mauna Kea Galleries
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Mauna Kea Galleries has authentic, one-of-a-kind items and artifacts, and prices to match. But browsing is free: check out Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard, original Webber engravings (from Cook’s voyage), poi pounders, movie posters, vintage aloha shirts and classic kitsch.

Montsuki
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Designers Janet and Patty Yamasaki refashion classic kimono and obi designs into modern dresses. Hybrid wedding dresses, formal attire or sleek day wear can all be custom-crafted even for short-term visitors.

Na Kani O Hula
Maui, USA

Producing instruments for hula halau (troupes), the shop sells ‘uli’uli (feather-decorated gourd rattles), bamboo nose flutes and more – any of which would make a fascinating souvenir.

Native Books/Nā Mea Hawaiʻi
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Specializes in Hawaiiana books and hosts cultural performances and classes.

Neptune’s Garden Gallery at Last Chance Store

Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

New owners have turned the Last Chance Store into a gallery for their stained glass – much of it whimsical, some of it stunning. They also still carry water, soda, snacks and ice cream.

Nite Owl T-Shirts
Kaua’i, USA

A T-shirt is a T-shirt is a T-shirt? Minds might differ, but on Kaua’i it’s caveat emptor regarding the iconic Kimo’s Hawaiian Rules T-shirts and paraphernalia. The authentic producer of those words is Nite Owl T-Shirts, a screenprinting company established in 1985. Don’t be fooled by copycats who have swiped their famous words. You can find femme tanks and extra-extra-extra-large sizes, at the Port Allen headquarters.

Nohea Gallery
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

A soothing space amid the shopping-mall madness, this high-end gallery sells handcrafted jewelry, glassware, pottery and woodwork, the vast majority of it made in Hawaii. Island artisans occasionally give demonstrations of their craft on the sidewalk outside.

O’ahu Market

Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

The commercial heart of Chinatown revolves around the markets and food shops on Kekaulike St. Noodle factories, pastry shops and produce stalls line the street, which is crowded with hobbling grandmothers and errand-running families. An institution since 1904, the Oʻahu Market sells everything a Chinese cook needs: ginger root, fresh octopus, quail eggs, slabs of tuna, jasmine rice, long beans and salted jellyfish. You owe yourself a bubble tea if you spot a pig’s head in the market.

Oʻahu Market

Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

The colorful Oʻahu Market is the bustling heart of Chinatown for more than a century.

Oshima
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Locals joke that there is nothing you can’t find at Oshima, making it a good family-run alternative to the big box stores in Kailua-Kona. It stocks everything from groceries and pharmaceuticals to snorkel gear and surf wear.

Pahala Plantation Store

Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Housed in a historic bank building, this little shop sells local products, books and interesting gifts. Inquire here about renting restored plantation cottages.

Pegge Hopper Gallery

Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

The Pegge Hopper Gallery is one of several good art galleries and antique shops in Chinatown. As its name suggests, the gallery showcases the works of Pegge Hopper, whose prints of voluptuous Hawaiian women adorn many a wall across the islands.

Pohaku T’s

Kaua’i, USA

Plenty of quality tees and tanks showcase original Kaua’i-theme designs. Also available are handmade aloha shirts, kids’ clothing and other Kaua’i-made items.

Progressive Expressions
Kaua’i, USA

Established in 1972, this was the South Shore’s first surf shop. Original owners Marty and Joe Kuala sold the shop to the Hanalei Surf Company in 2005 but Joe still designs and crafts boards sold here.

Rainbow Books & Records
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Carries new and used books, CDs and records.

Shung Chong Yuein
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Shung Chong Yuein sells delicious moon cakes, almond cookies and other tasty pastries at bargain prices. This is also the place to buy dried and sugared foods – everything from candied ginger and pineapple to candied squash and lotus root. Come early before the counters are emptied by loyal customers.

Sig Zane Designs
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Famous state wide, Sig Zane custom designs his own fabrics and styles, lifting the humble aloha shirt and tropical-flower dress into the realm of fashion.

Sudha’s Art Gallery
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

Run by the longtime chairman of the East Hawai’i Cultural Center, Sudha’s Art Gallery sells high-quality paintings, sculpture and woodworking. Upstairs, find secondhand books.

T&L Muumuu Factory
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

So much flammable aloha wear in one space – it is worth a visit just for the oddity factor. This is an auntie’s shop, where polyester still represents progress. Bold-print muumuus run in sizes from skeletal to queen, and pu’u skirts are just funky enough to wedge into an urban outfit.

Talk Story: The Bookstore

Kaua’i, USA

A used bookstore that’s also the town’s gathering place where there’s live music on Friday nights, cribbage on Tuesday and chess on Thursday. You’ll also find wi-fi and book signings. Owners Ed and Cynthia exude aloha spirit.

Tin Can Mailman
Kaua’i, USA

Bibliophiles and collectors, enter your heaven. This jam-packed shop lives up to its description, ‘Fine Books and Curiosities’. Amid shelves of new, used and rare books, find delightful Hawaiiana collectibles: vintage LPs, aloha shirts, maps, photos, postcards and more.

Two Ladies Kitchen
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

For a delicious island take on traditional Japanese mochi (sweet rice dessert) and manju (baked adzuki bean-filled cake), stop at Two Ladies Kitchen. Tempting, beautifully packaged mixed boxes allow for sampling (with flavors like peach and passion fruit), but whatever you do don’t pass on the specialty, strawberry mochi. This handmade delight is a prize possession.

Village Gifts & Fine Arts
Maui, USA

This little shop in the Masters’ Reading Room sells prints, wooden bowls and silkscreened fabrics, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Vintage Aloha
Kaua’i, USA

Gallery owner Melinda Morey has created an attractive space to showcase fine vintage Hawaiiana, jewelry, artsy books, home furnishings and her own vivid paintings.

 

Waikiki Beach Walk
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Part of the Outrigger Enterprises’ much-anticipated makeover of Waikiki, this new shopping center includes a Trump Tower hotel, Hawaii-based shops and restaurants.

 

 

 

Waikiki Shopping Plaza
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Just opposite the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, this three-story plaza features close to 75 shops and eateries, most with an Asian theme, along with drop-in weekend classes in the art of making lei and shell necklaces.

Waipio Valley Artworks
Hawai’i (The Big Island), USA

One of the better gift shop/galleries you’ll find, with lots of koa and ceramic art, plus an excellent selection of books and prints. Several Waipi’o tours leave from here, and the shop sells cheap sandwiches, muffins, coffee, water and trail snacks.

Ward Farmers Market

Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Ward Farmers Market, across the street from Ward Center, is this almost daily fresh market and grocery. For the average tourist, a visit here is more like sightseeing for food and is a good introduction to Hawaiian and Asian dishes and ingredients, from local produce to prepared meals. The market covers the budget range from blue collar to gourmet imports.

Ward Warehouse

Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

This is the original Victoria Ward complex that today takes in the adjacent and more upscale Ward Centre, the rambling Wards Farmers Market and Ward Entertainment Center, a movie and restaurant complex. Ward Warehouse is an accessible two-storey complex with specialty clothing shops, music and bookstores, several courtyard eateries and free parking.

Westside Sporting Goods
Kaua’i, USA

Head here for outdoor gear, including camping and hiking supplies such as fleece sleeping bags, camp-stove fuel, tabi (reef-walking sandals) and first-aid kits.

Yat Tung Chow Noodle Factory
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

If you look inside one of the half-dozen noodle factories in Chinatown, you’ll see clouds of white flour hanging in the air and thin sheets of dough running around rollers and coming out as noodles. One easy-to-find shop, Yat Tung Chow Noodle Factory, makes nine sizes of noodles, from skinny golden threads to fat udon.

Yellowfish Trading Company
Kaua’i, USA

At this notable Hawaii memorabilia shop, find an irresistible selection of collectibles, eg vintage aloha shirts, handmade jewelry, glossy photo books and antique ceramic

 

 

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