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Fashionable beach footwear, clothing, bathing suits, fun beach bags, and rash guards supplement a huge selection of canoe paddles. Check out the wooden steering paddles: they become works of art when mounted on the wall at home. islandpaddlerhawaii.com.
Bring home some aloha you can sink your bare feet into. Designs from this exclusive Hawaiian rug collection depict Hawaiian petroglyphs, banana leafs, heliconia, and other tropical plants or scenery. indichcollectionhawaii.com.
To really impress those back home, pick up a box of gourmet chocolates here. They dip the flavors of Hawaii, from Kona coffee to macadamia nuts, in fine chocolate. www.honoluluchocolate.com.
Busloads of visitors pour in through the front doors of the world's largest manufacturer of Hawaiian and tropical aloha wear. Once shunned by Honolulu residents for its three-shades-too-bright tourist wear, it has become a favorite source for Island gifts, macadamia nut and chocolate packages, and clothing for elegant Island functions. Free shuttle service is available from Waikiki. www.hilohattie.com.
Traditional island comforters, wall hangings, pillows, and other Hawaiian-print quilt items are the specialty here. There are also three locations in Waikiki hotels. www.hawaiian-quilts.com.
Some of the best-looking firefighters in Honolulu teach surf lessons out of this tiny shop; they transport beginners to the less crowded southwest side of the island. The store also sells T-shirts and backpacks. www.hawaiianfire.com.
Tucked into a tiny strip mall near Maui Tacos, this boutique features contemporary apparel for women, Hawaiian-style children's clothing, and unusual jewelry and gifts from all over the world. Look for coasters in the shape of flip-flops, a wooden key holder shaped like a surfboard, and placemats made from lauhala and other natural fibers, plus accessories you won't find anywhere else. www.globalvillagehawaii.com.
Frequent visitors return to this store year after year for a fresh supply of original, hand-picked, Hawaiian-style clothing for youngsters. www.thegrowingkeiki.com.
Look for Hawaiian bath products, pikake perfume, locally made jewelry, and a carefully chosen selection of Hawaiian music CDs. Fun gifts include chip-and-dip plates and spreaders shaped like ukuleles. www.globalcreationscart.com.
Look for old-style Birdwell surf trunks here, along with popular labels such as Quiksilver, Roxy, DaKine, and Billabong, which supplement Downing's own line of surf wear. www.downingsurf.com.