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Hawaii (Big) Island
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Around the corner from King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, this neighborhood mall includes the Bangkok House, which serves up Thai cuisine. There's also a hair salon and women's clothier.
Originally a general store built in 1914, this shop features handmade products crafted by local weavers. Among the offerings are hats, baskets, containers, and mats, many of which are woven by the proprietors. Owner Alfreida Kimura-Fujita was born in the house behind the shop, and her daughter Renee is also an accomplished weaver.
About 5 mi south of Kailua Village, this shopping center includes KTA Superstore, Longs Drugs, Kona Stories bookstore, and a multiplex movie theater. Kenichi Pacific, a great sushi restaurant, and Peaberry & Galette, a café that serves excellent crepes, are favorite eateries that have been joined by Bianelli's Pizza and Sam Choy's Kai Lanai. You can also grab a quick bite at Los Habaneros or L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. www.keauhoushoppingcenter.com.
A stop at this unique shop should be part of your itinerary when visiting Volcano Village. Beautiful hand-stitched Hawaiian quilts grace the walls, quilting kits and books abound, and the vast inventory of tropical fabrics is amazing. The friendly proprietors also offer plentiful fine art, photography, and cool souvenirs you won't find anywhere else. www.kilaueakreations.com.
This almost-oceanfront shopping plaza houses the exquisite Harbor Gallery, which represents more than 150 Big Island artists. Stroll inside before or after your meal at the acclaimed Cafe Pesto, Kohala Burger and Taco, or Kawaihae Kitchen. Try the Big Island-made ice cream at local favorite Anuenue. Also here are Mountain Gold Jewelers and Kohala Divers. www.kawaihaeshopping.com.
This cheerful market is the place to go on Saturday morning, and for good reason: live music, plus local produce (much of it organic), goat cheese, honey, meat, flowers, coffee, and macadamia nuts. Be sure to try Earthly Delight's fresh-baked pastries. Sample Lotus Cafe's savory breakfast offerings and fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice. www.keauhoufarmersmarket.com.
This large retail complex near the airport includes Costco—the best place to stock up on food if you're staying at a vacation rental for a week or more. For lunch, stop at Ceviche Dave's and enjoy some fresh fish.
This chocolate company has been satisfying sweet tooths for more than three decades with decadent desserts and sinful bites of chocolate heaven. Many truffles and candies incorporate local ingredients (passion-fruit truffles and chocolate-covered mango—yum). There are also a variety of cheesecakes and mousse cakes that will melt in your mouth. Of course, tasting is part of the fun. Through a glass wall you can watch the chocolate artists at work Monday to Saturday from 9 to 5. www.kailuacandy.com.
This boutique carries fine jewelry and a wide selection of high-end pearl jewelry, including Tahitian black pearls, South Sea white and golden pearls, and chocolate Tahitian pearls. Also look for fresh-water pearls in the shell. Prices are high but you're paying for quality and beauty. www.mauidivers.com.
In the quaint village of Holualoa, this is one of several excellent galleries that occupy the narrow street. The gallery carries stunning contemporary raku pottery, original paintings by local artists, and other collectibles, including owner Matt Lovein's famous Wish Keepers ceramic sculptures. www.lovein.com.
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