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The big draws at this small center are a full-service grocery store and a hardware store, but there's also a wine market, a yoga studio, a sandal boutique, a small food court, and an ice cream shop. This is also the last stop for gas and banking on the North Shore. www.princevillecenter.com.
Convenient to nearby hotels and condos on the South Shore, the two-dozen shops at Poipu Shopping Village sell resort wear, gifts, souvenirs, and art. This complex also has great food choices, from hot dog stands to excellent restuarants. There are a few upscale and appealing jewelry stores and fun clothing stores. A Tahitian dance troupe performs in the open-air courtyard Monday and Wednesday at 5 pm. www.poipushoppingvillage.com.
Family-owned Otsuka's Furniture and Appliances has a large clientele of visitors, who appreciate the wide selection of unique furniture, artwork, candles, tropical-print pillows, accessories, and knickknacks that can be found here. www.otsukas.com.
This is the retail outlet of the folks who invented Kauai's popular "red dirt" shirts, which are dyed and printed with the characteristic local soil. Ask the salesperson at Paradise Sportswear to tell you the charming story behind these shirts. Sizes from infants up to 5X are available. www.dirtshirt.com.
This is Kauai's only true mall. Besides Sears Roebuck and Kmart, anchor tenants are Longs Drugs, Macy's, and Times Supermarket. The mall's stores offer women's clothing, surf wear, art, toys, athletic shoes, jewelry, a hair salon, and locally made crafts. Restaurants range from fast food and sandwiches to Mexican and Korean. The center stage often has entertainment, there is a farmers' market on Mondays, and "Toddler Thursdays" offers entertainment for young children. www.kukuigrovecenter.com.
This charming boutique sells handmade, one-of-a-kind clothing by husband-and-wife team Ambrose and Marta Curry. He creates silk-screen art with nontoxic paint on fabric in his studio next door; then she cuts and sews the fabric into bags and clothing for men, women, and children. www.martasboat.com.
Sometimes called the Gump's of Kauai, this gift store sells elegant clothing, exotic glassware, ethnic books, gifts, and artwork—all very lovely and expensive. The shop is housed in a beautiful 1892 stone building in the heart of Kilauea. It's the showpiece of the pretty little Kong Lung Center, where everything from handmade soaps to hammocks to pizza can be found. Next door is the Kilauea Town Market & Deli, a good place to buy natural and gourmet foods, wines, and sandwiches.
Kinipopo is a tiny little center on Kuhio Highway. Korean Barbeque fronts the highway, as does Goldsmith's Kauai Gallery, which sells handcrafted Hawaiian-style gold jewelry. Monaco's has authentic Mexican food, and Cakes by Kristin is a new pastry shop specializing in cakes. There's also a clothing shop, an art gallery, and a cafe open for breakfast and lunch called Tutu's Soup Hale. www.kinipopovillage.com.
This 16,000-square-foot Tudor mansion contains art galleries, a jewelry store, and the restaurant Gaylord's. Kilohana Plantation is filled with antiques from its original owner, and the restored outbuildings house a craft shop and a Hawaiian-style clothing shop. Train rides on a restored railroad are available, with knowledgeable guides reciting the history of sugar on Kauai. The site is also now the home of Luau Kalamaku and Koloa Rum Company. www.kilohanakauai.com.
You can have Kauai Tropicals ship heliconia, anthuriums, ginger, and other tropicals in 5-foot-long boxes directly from local flower growers.