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In addition to clothing for adults and children and unusual artwork such as Niihau shell necklaces, this boutique's book selection covers Hawaiian history and language, and offers children's books set in the Islands. www.nativebookshawaii.com.
If you look at the wrists of kamaaina (local) women, you might see Hawaiian heirloom bracelets fashioned in either gold or silver in a number of Island-inspired designs. Na Hoku sells jewelry in designs that capture the heart of the Hawaiian lifestyle in all its elegant diversity. www.nahoku.com.
The word is out that this shop has a wonderful selection of Hawaiian arts, crafts, and children's toys.
Actor Tom Hanks, sumo wrestler Konishiki, and ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi have all stopped in for a cold flavored cone at Matsumoto's. If you're going to the North Shore, it's a must to stop by this legendary shack established in 1951. On average, they produce 1,000 shave ices a day. Matsumoto's also has T-shirts and souvenirs. www.matsumotoshaveice.com.
For gift items in bulk, try one of the many outposts of Longs, the perfect place to stock up on chocolate-covered macadamia nuts—at reasonable prices—to carry home.
This shopping center looks like a Hollywood stage set of monarchy-era Honolulu, complete with a changing-of-the-guard ceremony every evening at 6:15; shops include The Jade Tree Jewelry, Honolulu Surf & Sport, and Solid Stone. www.kings-village.com.
The upscale residential neighborhood of Kahala, near the slopes of Diamond Head, is 10 minutes by car from Waikiki. The only shopping of note in the area is located at the indoor mall, which has 90 stores and restaurants, including Macy's, Gap, Reyn's Aloha Wear, and Barnes & Noble. Don't miss fashionable boutiques such as Ohelo Road (808/735-5525), where contemporary clothing for all occasions fills the racks. You can also browse local foods and products at Whole Foods. Eight movie theaters provide post-shopping entertainment. www.kahalamallcenter.com.
Another source for bikes, sports bathing suits, water bottles, and active clothing. However, they don't rent bicycles. itbhawaii.com.
This is a surprising, yet charming store in a section of the old Waialua Sugar Mill. The store carries gifts, clothes, and local food items—especially coffee and chocolate that is grown there. If you're lucky, you can get an unofficial tour of the coffee mill and trees. www.islandxhawaii.com.
Local residents come here to shop for gifts that are both unique and within reach of almost every budget, ranging in price from $1 to $5,000. Next to Zippy's and overlooking the ocean, the store has handbags, toys, jewelry, home accessories, soaps and lotions, and locally made original artwork. Certainly the most interesting shop in Hawaii Kai's suburban-mall atmosphere.