Shop Big Is­land-Style

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - SHOPPING -

Whether you’re plan­ning a Big Is­land shop­ping spree or just a win­dow-shop­ping walk­a­bout, don’t ex­pect to hit a mall stocked with Main­land looka­likes. Part of the is­land’s charm is the fact that it’s not rid­dled with de­part­ment store chains. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll eas­ily find all that you need; it’s just that shop­ping on the Big Is­land is an in­trigu­ing mix of is­land-style ap­parel and one-of-a-kind things.

Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona has wall-to-wall shop­ping. Wan­der through the small shops and find is­land wear, san­dals, gifts, jew­elry and art.

For re­sort shop­ping, head to the Ko­hala Coast. Two chic des­ti­na­tions are the Queens’ Mar­ket­Place at the Waikoloa Beach Re­sort and The Shops at Mauna Lani.

With stores in Kona and Hilo, Hilo Hat­tie is known for its large se­lec­tion of Hawai­ian fash­ions. The store may be the only place in the Is­lands that stocks sizes up to 5XL.

Holu­aloa Vil­lage is a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion just wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. A short and scenic drive from Kailua-Kona, the vil­lage is set in Kona cof­fee coun­try and features a col­lec­tion of gal­leries and shops with friendly pro­pri­etors and in­trigu­ing, orig­i­nal mer­chan­dise.

The Hilo Shop­ping Cen­ter, just min­utes from the air­port, is a re­fresh­ing oa­sis from over­crowded malls. En­joy lunch or din­ner at one of five restau­rants or re­lax with a cup of gourmet cof­fee. The mall in­cludes a large nat­u­ral foods store and a va­ri­ety of ap­parel shops. The shop­ping cen­ter is lo­cated at the cor­ner of Kekua­nao‘a and Ki­lauea streets.


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