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Hawaii (Big) Island
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Step into this charming downtown Hilo spot to find authentic Japanese fabrics, futons, and gifts along with an elegant selection of clothing, sleepwear, and slippers. Handmade comforters, pillows, and futon pads are sewn of natural fibers right on site. www.dragonmama.com.
Master bowl-turner Dan DeLuz creates works of art from 50 types of exotic wood grown on the Big Island. The shop features a variety of items—from picture frames to jewelry boxes—made from koa, monkeypod, mango, kiawe, and other fine local hardwoods.
This meandering oceanfront marketplace includes cafés, restaurants, boutiques, sushi, a frozen-yogurt shop, and several art galleries. At night, locals gather to watch outdoor sand volleyball games held in the courtyard or grab a beer and enjoy live music. This place is always hopping and it has the biggest free parking lot in downtown Kailua-Kona.
This in-town shopping center includes a Safeway with an excellent deli section for on-the-go snacks, as well a Wal-Mart, where visitors can find affordable Hawaiian souvenirs including discounted Kona coffee and macadamia nuts.
Popular for its original print dresses, skirts, and tops for women and girls, this store's feminine, flirty outfits are all designed and made in Hawaii and offer a contemporary twist on traditional "aloha" wear. In addition to clothing, the boutique carries perfume, jewelry, hats, slippers, stuffed animals, and other trinkets and toys. www.cinnamongirl.com.
The Waikoloa branch of this 25-year fashion veteran offers really sweet matching aloha outfits for the entire family. www.blueginger.com.
A local legend in the cookie- and chocolate-making business, Big Island Candies is a must-see if you have a sweet tooth. Enjoy a free cookie sample and a cup of Kona coffee as you watch sweets being made through a plate-glass window. The store has a long list of interesting and tasty products, but it is best known for its chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies. www.bigislandcandies.com.
This North Kohala shop, housed in the historic 1932 Toyama Building, adds a sophisticated touch to resort wear with items made of hand-painted silk in tropical designs by local artists. There are vintage and secondhand treasures, jewelry, and handmade ukuleles by David Gomes.
Housed in a historic building, this shop lives up to its name by offering a comprehensive collection of antiques and Hawaiiana interspersed with orchids of assorted colors and varieties. If you're on your way to Volcano, stop to enjoy a cup of Kona coffee served in the store's quaint coffee shop.
About 50 outdoor vendor stalls offer beautiful tropical flowers, produce, coffee, jewelry, clothing, and even ukuleles. It's a mellow spot, and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 to 5. www.aliigardensmarketplace.com.