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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Shopping in Hawaii

Welcome back to Best Hawaii Vacation blog,
Before reading our today's post, make sure you read our Hawaii Travel Insurance article. So, what's up for today? How about shop till you drop? Believe me, shopping in Hawaii is exciting, entertaining and the ultimate fun!

Keiki Hula at new Shopping Center in Hawaii
Finally, you are in Hawaii and on vacation! You can leisurely enjoy going shopping whether it's for some Hawaiian gifts for your friends or family at home or for that special piece of clothes for yourself. Hawaii shopping offers a delightful variety of independent, locally owned markets and stores to national retail chains and upscale boutiques from around the world. Meaning there is a store in Hawaii for each wallet. We want to help you find it.

Why is it so much fun to shop in Hawaii? Hey, no work or chores are awaiting you after shopping. On the opposite, the tropical setting of open air markets in Hawaii, luxury resort shops at your Hawaii hotel or the abundance of Hawaiian retail stores makes shopping a popular activity on Hawaii vacation. No wonder that shopping areas like Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Alii Drive in Kona on the Big Island or Lahaina Front Street on Maui are busy tourist attractions when shopping in Hawaii.

New Queens Shops on Hawaii Big Island
If the upscale scale shopping boutiques and stores at 5-star luxury Hawaii Beach Resorts are not matching your shopping budget - actually, just 'cruising' those shops can be fun - check-out Hawaii ABCStores located at many locations on all Hawaiian Islands. They sell all kinds of Hawaii souvenirs, local apparel, groceries, fine wines & spirits, drugs & cosmetics at affordable prices for the budget traveler.

When we prepared this post, we noticed that with the abundance of shopping centers, markets and boutiques on each Hawaii island, we had to make a shopping selection for each Hawaii island with a glimpse of the shopping features. So, let's go shopping in Hawaii with Pua and Keoki!

Kauai Shopping:

Kukui Grove Shopping Center Kukui Grove is one of the island's largest shopping centers. It features an open courtyard and offers weekly Polynesian entertainments, and live music on weekends.

Coconut Marketplace in Waipouli Coconut Marketplace is the largest open-air shopping venue. It offers a central location for picking up souvenirs, Hawaii vacation and resort apparel from free-standing kiosks. A farmers market is held every Saturday noon - 4pm!

Maui Shopping:

Shops at Wailea Shops at Wailea are considered one of the most beautiful and exquisite shopping centers in Hawaii. Be aware that the shops cater to hotel guests at Wailea's luxurious resorts and not the average Maui traveler. It certainly has some of the best shopping on Maui considering the names they represent like Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. Maui visitors also find restaurants and specialty shops there. A shuttle runs from Wailea resorts to the shopping center for the convenience of hotel guests. Beautiful landscaping and dramatic water features attract shoppers or lookers.

Queen Ka'ahumanu Center Kahalui Ka'ahumanu Center is Maui’s premiere shopping and entertainment destination for the average Maui visitor. Maui’s only department stores, Sears and Macy's, attract Maui visitors and residents alike. Ka'ahumanu offers more than 100 shops and restaurants.

When on Maui vacation, don't miss Front Street in Lahaina, which is one of the town's busiest areas with lots of shops, restaurants and art galleries. Maui Swap Meet at Kahului needs to be mentioned for some casual Maui shopping for fresh fruit, tropical flowers, Hawaiian crafts and souvenirs. See photos of Maui swap meet.

Oahu Shopping:

Ala Moana Shopping Center Ala Moana Shopping Center is probably the most well-known and popular shopping center in Hawaii. It is located in the heart of Honolulu with buses getting you there from Waikiki resorts or hotels all day long. Ala Moana is one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world with more than 200 stores. Another superlative at Ala Moana is its Food Market which caters to over 1500 visitors and residents. We will tell you more about Ala Moana Shopping Center in one of our next posts.

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When shopping on Oahu don't miss the Aloha Tower Marketplace and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center for the best selections for of Hawaiiana, clothing, art, and more.

What about Shopping in Hawaii on the Big Island? Guess what, you got to wait. We don't want to overwhelm you with all this Hawaii shopping stuff and decided to give the Big Island, as our home island, a special post for Big Island shopping. If you don't want to miss that post, sign up for our email updates.

Last but not least, please, share your Hawaii shopping experience with our Best Hawaii blog visitors. Let them know which shop or shopping center you liked best on your Hawaii vacation on Oahu, Maui or Kauai. Mahalo and aloha, Pua Hawaii Vacations

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