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Hawaii (Big) Island
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This best part about this complex is its roster of restaurants, including Tommy Bahama's Tropical Café, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and Monstera. The boutiques are a bit overpriced, but you can find tropical apparel at Jams World, high-end housewares at Oasis, and original art at Lahaina Galleries and the Third Dimension Gallery. Kids love the movie theater, with the first "4-D" screens in Hawaii. www.shopsatmaunalani.com.
Reyn Spooner's clothing has been well known throughout Hawaii since 1959. The store offers aloha shirts for both men and boys, men's shorts, and some dresses for women and girls. The aloha shirts, by the way, are high quality—and high price. www.reyns.com.
This darling little boutique that's stocked with trendy women's clothing from lines such as Three Dots, Trinity, Sky, Michael Stars, Hard Tail, and Zen Knits also carries fantastic purses imported from Indonesia, as well as locally made jewelry. Other gift items include funky stationery and cards, and island-themed bath and body products. www.persimmonboutique.com.
Hilo's most comprehensive mall, Prince Kuhio Plaza is an indoor shopping center where you'll find entertainment and dining options including KFC, Kuhio Grille, Hot Dog on a Stick, Cinnabon, and the Big Island's only IHOP. Grab a bite at Maui Tacos before heading to the multiplex, stadium-seating movie theater, or drop the kids off at the arcade (located near the food court) while you browse the stores. www.princekuhioplaza.com.
Browse the boutiques here, where you may find books and beads at Sweet Wind, locally crafted gold jewelry at Kamuela Goldsmiths, or salads, sandwiches, and Kona coffee at Waimea Coffee Company. Although Gallery of Great Things is the center's star attraction, Waimea General Store is packed with cool Hawaiian collectibles, books, cookware, and designer toiletries.
With a snazzy ranch-style motif, this shopping hub includes a supermarket, some great local eateries, a coffee shop, natural foods store, and some clothing boutiques. The Parker Ranch Store and Parker Ranch Visitor Center and Museum are also here, and the Kahilu Center next door hosts plays and musical entertainment most nights. Check out Village Burgers and the Liliokoi Cafe for delicious and affordable meals. www.parkerranchcenterads.com.
This place lives up to its name by stocking unique gifts from around the Pacific, be it pure Hawaiian ohia lehua honey, ka'u coffee, or tinkling wind chimes.
This reputable shop carries contemporary silk and rayon clothing for women. Located in the upcountry town of Kainaliu, there's also a branch at Keauhou Shopping Center.
With their buggy eyes and scaly skin, geckos strike many people as creepy—but not the owners of this store! Local Lizard & Friends rejoices in these pint-size tropical houseguests with a wide variety of gecko-themed clothing, toys, and accessories—the perfect gift for the kids back home. www.waikoloabeachresort.com.
This shopping center attracts islanders for the great bargains at Kmart, plus island-influenced clothing, jewelry, and housewares at the upscale Macy's. There's also one of the island's largest movie theaters here.
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