Island Shopping: From floral printed maxi dresses to handcrafted koa wood clocks, you’ll find the perfect, unique gift for everyone you love—including you!
Eclectic styles unite at Maui’s many jewelry and clothing boutiques. Starfish-adorned earrings, coral pendants and seashell bracelets with intricate metalworking are popular in the islands—and we’re proud of it!
Handmade In Hawaii
Watercolors capture the vibrant hues of your Hawaiian vacation and hand-stitched quilts are made to last through generations. Nothing says “I thought of you!” better than handmade tokens, and island crafters take great pride in their work; many using only local materials for the ultimate island gift.
Nothing satisfies that sweet craving better than coconut shavings, dried pineapples and chocolate macadamia nuts. Step out of your chocolate-covered comfort zone and try some guava jam, passion fruit cookies or seaweed snacks.
Along with macadamia nuts, roasted coffee beans make the best gifts. Unique, flavorful and ultimately satisfying.
Take care of the kids with colorful crafts and literature only found in Hawaii. Pick up a book and transport your keiki to a land of friendly dolphins, Hawaiian legends, do-it-yourself lei-making and island adventure!
From fun, funky slogan tees to the island’s hottest bikinis, Island shopping is a great experience, with even better rewards. The best part about Hawaii is your daytime beach dress can double as your evening outfit. Of course, you might want to swap your slippahs (aka flip-flops) for some wedges.
Make a point to catch live Hawaiian music during your stay, and if you hear a song you like, ask where you can find the CD. You might be surprised to find the song you love is a classic and is available in stores or online.
What was your favorite part of the trip? If attending a luau is up there on your list, consider purchasing a local cookbook. Not only will you find traditional Hawaiian dishes, you’ll find a wide variety of Asian fusion dishes and, of course, tropical cocktails. It’s your key to a real Hawaiian-style luau back home, and the perfect gift for Aunty Norma.
Recommended Shopping: When on Oahu check out Royal Hawaiian Center; On Maui check out Whalers Village; When on the Big Island, check out Queens’ Marketplace and when on the island of Kauai check out Poipu Shopping Village.
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