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Hawaii (Big) Island
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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.
Kona's only fine wine market carries both local and imported varietals (stocking more than 600 high-end wines), specialty liquors, gourmet foods, and even cigars. As a bonus, the shop will deliver wine or a gift basket right to your hotel. www.konawinemarket.com.
This is the destination for more than 10,000 titles. The shop also sells Hawaiiana, children's books and toys, and whimiscal gifts. Special events, such as readings, are held weekly.
On the mauka (mountain) side of Alii Drive, this retail center in the heart Kailua Village includes galleries, T-shirt/souvenir shops, a tattoo parlor, and karaoke bar, Sam's Hideaway. The best-kept secret and local favorite is Hayashi's You Make the Roll, offering shaded outdoor seating and custom-made sushi to go.
This breezy, indoor-outdoor marketplace features vendors with coffee, Hawaii-made goods, and imported collectibles, novelty items, and clothing. There's also a shaded food court. Try some authentic Filipino specialities at Trini's Mixed Plate Catering. Open daily 9 to 5, and there's a free shuttle from Kailua Pier. www.konainternationalmarket.com.
Originally a hotel, the Kona Inn was built in 1928 to woo a new wave of wealthy travelers. As newer condos and resorts opened along the Kona and Kohala coasts, it was transformed into a low-rise mall with dozens of clothing boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, and island-style eateries. Broad lawns with coconut trees on the ocean side provide a lovely setting for an afternoon picnic. The open-air Kona Inn restaurant is a local favorite for evening mai tais.
This downtown center features big-box retailers like Sports Authority (for snorkel and swim gear), as well fast-food standbys like Dairy Queen, Subway, Taco Del Mar, and Panda Express. The best-kept secret is Ultimate Burger, offering local beef and delicious homemade fries. Take the kids to Genki Sushi, where the goods are delivered to patrons via conveyer belt. Ross Dress for Less sells suitcases, shoes, swimsuits, aloha wear and more. Find the best selection of premium wines, liquors, and spirits in Kona at Kona Wine Market, along with gourmet gift items.
An awesome flower vendor creates custom arrangements while you wait at this touristy farmers' market. There are lots of lei for sale, and you'll also find the best prices on fresh produce and the cheapest orchids anywhere in Kona. The market is held in the parking lot at the corner of Hualalai and Alii Drives, Wednesday to Sunday from 7 to 4.
Its location across from the Honokohau Harbor makes this family-owned coffee company's retail outlet a good bet for some easy gourmet gift shopping—or just a coffee or tea stop. Try different roasts or a selection of flavored coffees from the coffee bar, and shop for other Hawaiian-made treats, from honey and jams to chocolate-covered coffee beans. The shop is behind the Tesoro gas station. www.konacoffeeandtea.com.
Here you'll find fine stores such as Martin & MacArthur, featuring koa furniture and accessories, or Cariloha, which offers bamboo clothing items. High-end chains are also here, such as Coach, Tiffany, L'Occitane, and Louis Vuitton. Gourmet offerings include Merriman's Market Cafe, Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill, and Three Fat Pigs. www.kingsshops.com.
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