Though you may not find the Hawaii shopping malls on the Big Island that you’d see in Maui or Oahu, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll be limited in your opportunities. The Big Island has enough different venues, ranging from Hilo’s Wal-Mart to the trendiest resort shops along the Kohala Coast to keep even the most discriminating of shopaholics perfectly happy.
Hawaii shopping can also allow you to bring home unique and beautiful items such as jewelry and quilts to wood bowls made of rare koa, or even homemade glass. No matter what kind of traditional or trendy handcrafted keepsakes you’d like to purchase, the local artisans have everything you need and more.
Of course, no Hawaii shopping trip would be complete without finding a designer aloha shirt for yourself, or to bring home for someone you love. You’ll also have a great conversation piece when you display a piece of art that was inspired be Pele’s fire. The opportunities for buying are so vast that you’ll want to make sure that you have lots of room in your suitcase to bring it all back with you.
Some of the top Hawaii shopping spots on the Big Island include stores and malls in Historic Kailua Village, Hilo, and along the Kohala Coast. You can also visit Keauhou’s Keauhou Shopping Center, the Kealakekua Ranch Center in Kona, the Kings’ Shops at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, or the Queens’ Marketplace.
If you’re looking for an experience in Hawaii shopping that you’d never find back home, you’ll need to head away from the main tourist areas and step into the boutiques and art galleries in the smaller towns of Hawi and Holualoa. You’ll love the fun of specialty stores, too, such as Big Island Candies, Hilo Hattie, and the Maunaloa Macadamia Nut Factory, where you can taste and buy local flavored confections, jams, macadamia nuts, and the famous Kona coffee.
Of course, if you are looking for something more familiar, you’ll still find all of your favorite chain stores, from clothing to fast food, sports equipment, toys, electronics, and department stores. They’re all available against a nice mix of more Hawaiian-themed shops so that you’ll never truly feel as though you’ve stepped out of your vacation destination. That said, if you do need to escape, even from there, the Big Island does boast a nice-screen multiplex theatre where you can see all of the latest movie releases.