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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Best Big Island Shopping

How about a new Hawaii bikini for your vacation?Aloha everybody,
You did some fun Hawaii shopping with us across the Hawaiian island chain, from Maui, to Kauai and Honolulu. We hope you found what you were looking for...that special Hawaiian Aloha Shirt, a fancy bikini with matching sexy body wrap, a nice Hawaii beach bag or that special Hawaiian gift of Kona coffee or a Hawaii T-shirt.

Today we get some exciting shopping done on the Big Island, as promised last time. When on a Hawaii vacation, there is nothing more fun to the ladies than going on a Hawaii shopping spree just as the guys get magnetically drawn to our Hawaii golf courses. Let's admit, shopping in Hawaii can fill a lady's day - she won't ever get tired and even if, a cup of fresh Kona coffee gets her going again! - and can bring that special glow on her face when she found that unique piece of Hawaiian clothes, which she firmly believes will turn heads when she's walking the beach!

So, where is that special shopping place on the Big Island to find such treasures for the ladies, and the guys? Let's jump right into it. Come join us for some shopping on the Big Island!

Our biggest towns, Hilo on the East Coast and Kona on the West Coast, are naturally great shopping areas. If you want to buy cheap and average, all local markets, including WalMart, offer Hawaii beach apparel, Hawaiian beach towels, bathing suits and body wraps, Hawaiian dresses and Hawaii T-shirts.

New Queens Marketplace on the Kohala Coast of Big Island
However, if you also want to have some outdoor shopping fun in Hawaii and find something unique, plan leisurely shopping on Kona's oceanfront Alii Drive - remember that's there where the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon starts in October each year. You will find lots of small boutiques with quite a variety of different stuff. Not as cheap as WalMart but still affordable. When you got tired, get a Kona coffee at one of those ocean view cafes and take in the blue ocean and relax to the soothing sound of the ocean waves. Definitely a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in Hawaii!

Hawaii hula perfomance at Waikoloa Beach Resort Shopping Center
However, the best is still to come. You will find best Big Island shopping north of Kona on the exclusive Kohala Coast resorts. No worries just as Ala Moana in Honolulu caters to the extravagant shopping tastes and at the same time to the average shopper, popular Kohala Coast shopping markets, like the Kings Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort, do just that.

You will find exclusive brand names almost next to retail stores with nice, yet affordable clothes and apparel for the average shopper. A Food Mall and many restaurants offering different cuisine make sure you won't go hungry when shopping. The Kings Shops make your Hawaii shopping fun with daily and nightly free entertainment such as hula performances, story telling and the outstanding slack-key guitar playing by John Keawe.

As more and more condos and townhouses were being built on the Kohala Coast, the need for more shopping facilities was met with another new shopping center, The Queens Marketplace, across the street from the Kings Shops. It offers plenty of parking and a great variety of retail stores in a lovely Hawaiian scenery of hibiscus flowers and waterfalls. It still feels a little new there but tourists and residents seem to like it just as they do the Kings Shops.

Last but not least, we need to mention the new upscale shopping center at the Mauna Lani Beach Resorts 'The Shops at Mauna Lani' with Tommy Bahamas clothing store downstairs and restaurant upstairs as the central point of attention. Currently, this brand-new shopping center seems to be more frequented for its two restaurants, Tommy Bahamas and Ruth's Steakhouse, than for the many different retail stores. I doubt that too many locals will make dinner reservations there with both places charging entree prices around $40.

However, we are certain that the shops will pick up business as soon as more people moved into the surrounding townhouses and condos plus busy summer Hawaii vacation season is coming up.
To all those who have done some shopping on their Big Island vacation, please, let our Hawaii blog visitors know which Big Island shops you liked. We would love to hear from you about your shopping experience on the Big Island. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacations
For all the guys who were more interested in the beautiful Hawaiian girl than the bikini, it's Korri from WahineStyle!

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