Shop Big Island-Style
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.