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Oahu, Hawaii, USA

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Oahu Shopping

Though Hawaii has “cornered the market” in terms of natural beauty, it’s also the ideal place for superb shopping. Apart from small fabulous shops, visitors will find large shopping centers, some as beautiful as the island itself, making Hawaii shopping a most unusual experience.

Shopping Centers
Hawaii shopping centers are quite unique. King’s Shops offer first class shopping with luxury designer names like Coach, Luis Vuitton and others. There are other first class Hawaiian shops in this shopping center like Blue Ginger and Cinnamon Girl, both known for great fashion. A beautiful waterfall surrounded by well-kept native plants and creative murals makes this a most unusual place to shop. After shopping, you can enjoy crafts demonstrations and hula dance classes. This is definitely a must.

Another great shopping center for Hawaii shopping is the Queens Marketplace, at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Its home to a large number of brand name shops like Quicksilver and Pac Sun, island shops like Persimmon, and a specialty grocery store selling local gourmet treats like guava jam and smoked marlin jerky.

The newest in malls are the Shops at Mauna Lani; its open air ambience is a great place for Hawaii shopping. You can find name brands and unique local crafts; it’s also the place to find island style aloha wears and enjoy a display of waters dancing to the tune of piped-in music.

Other special shopping centers include Prince Kuhio Plaza, Lanihau Center and Parker Ranch Center, the home to great cowboy style shops.

Outdoor Markets
Outdoor markets are at the top of Hawaii shopping, and the most renowned is Alii Gardens Market Place in Kailua Kona, with more than 50 stalls, displaying local crafts, fossilized shark teeth, custom made jewelry, organic white honey, Hawaiian table linens, kites, art work and more. You can find unique and authentic Hawaiian gifts, while learning to play the ukulele or dance the hula.

Tourists will love Keauhou Center, an outdoor market close to Kailua-Kona, with specialty gift shops, and a movie complex.
You can participate in ukulele lessons or learn how to create the popular Hawaiian flower lei. Stay around and in the evenings, and enjoy a Polynesian show. This is definitely a different type of Hawaii shopping experience.

Unique
Unique would be one word with which to describe Hawaii shopping, mainly because most shopping places display truly unusual and creative gifts, all done with local products or by talented artists.

Hilo Hattie, known as “the store of Hawaii” in Kailua Kona, is a staple of Hawaii shopping, as it boasts some of the most amazing gifts. Here, you can shop for turtle necklaces, wooden bowls, coconut cups, Trad Koa wood Hawaiian weapons and artifacts; you can also find the popular toe rings, sheep horn, shells and the best for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Visit Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation and take home Kona Coffee, one of the best in the world, or make a quick stop at Volcano Winery for Macadamia nut honey wine, a taste of Hawaii.

Whatever you fancy, Hawaii offers it.
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