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This is a good place to seek advice about the best snorkel conditions, which vary considerably with the season. The company, popular throughout the Islands, sells or rents necessary gear, including fins, snorkels, wet suits, and beach chairs, and even schedules activities with other suppliers. www.snorkelbob.com.
This small boutique carries everything from Brighton accessories and fashionable T-shirts to Betsey Johnson formal wear, and provides attentive yet casual personalized service. Its stock changes frequently, and there's always something wonderful on sale. No matter what your taste, you'll find something for everyday wear or special occasions. www.silvermoonhawaii.blogspot.com.
This little shop stocks easy-to-carry gifts, such as fish-shaped Christmas ornaments, Hawaiian-style notepads, charms in the shape of flip-flops (known locally as "slippahs"), soaps, and ceramic clocks. There's another branch in Kailua as well as three each on Kauai and Maui. www.sandpeople.com.
An open and inviting facade has made this three-block-long center a garden of Hawaiian shops. There are more than 100 stores and restaurants, including local gems such as Aloha Aina Boutique, Honolulu Home Collection, and Koi Boutique. Bike buffs can check out the Harley-Davidson Honolulu store, while Bob's Ukulele may inspire musicians to learn a new instrument. Nine restaurants round out the dining options, along with the Paina Lanai Food Court and Five-O Bar & Lounge. www.royalhawaiiancenter.com.
This clothing store is a good place to buy the aloha print fashions residents wear. Look for the limited-edition Christmas shirt, a collector's item manufactured each holiday season. Reyn Spooner has eight locations statewide and offers styles for men, women, and children. www.reynspooner.com.
Chinese nephrite-jade carvings, Japanese lacquer and screens, and Buddhist sculptures are among the international pieces displayed here. www.robynbuntin.com.
The heirloom design collection of this famed jeweler features custom Hawaiian wedding jewelry, sought by various celebrities. There's another location at Ala Moana. www.philiprickard.com.
While playing on the North Shore, check out this open-air plaza that includes North Shore Custom and Design Swimwear for mix-and-match bikinis off the rack, as well as Jungle Gems, where they make almost all of the precious and semiprecious gemstone jewelry on the premises. And don't miss the Silver Moon Emporium or Outrigger Trading Company upstairs. People drive out of their way for The Coffee Gallery, or for happy hour at Cholo's Homestyle Mexican Restaurant.
Housed in a converted silo in the old Waialua Sugar Mill, this is a working factory where you can watch the soap as it's made. The soaps are all natural and use as many local ingredients as possible. The factory also sells gift sets and T-shirts. www.hawaiianbathbody.com.
Newt is known for high-quality, hand-woven Panama hats and tropical sportswear. www.newtattheroyal.com.