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Hawaii (Big) Island
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A favorite in Captain Cook, this Sunday market offers great hot breakfast and lunch items, produce from local farms, and artists selling their goods.
This best part about this complex is its roster of restaurants, including Tommy Bahama's Tropical Café, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and Monstera. You can find tropical apparel at Jams World, high-end housewares at Oasis, and original art at a number of galleries. Kids love the movie theater, with the only "4-D" screens in Hawaii. www.shopsatmaunalani.com.
Reyn Spooner's dressy clothing has been a tradition in Hawaii since 1959 and remains popular among locals and visitors alike. The store offers fine silk and rayon aloha shirts for both men and boys, men's shorts, and some dresses for women and girls. The price may be high, but you're buying the best. 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.
The Big Island's most comprehensive mall, Prince Kuhio Plaza is an indoor shopping center where you'll also find entertainment and dining options including KFC, Hot Dog on a Stick, Cinnabon, and the 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, anchored by Macy's and Sears. www.princekuhioplaza.com.
Browse the quality boutiques here, where you'll find books, chimes and beads at Sweet Wind; locally crafted gold jewelry at Kamuela Goldsmiths; or salads, sandwiches, and Kona coffee at Waimea Coffee Company. Although The 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. 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, kau 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.
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