A charming and eclectic multitude of galleries and shops in the village of Kailua-Kona offer an immense variety of souvenirs, along with a fantastic selection of first-rate local coffee and foods to delight any palate. Housewares and artworks made from local materials (lava rock, minerals, koa, and milo wood) are plentiful.
Upscale resort shops along the Kohala Coast carry high-quality clothing and accessories, as do a few boutiques scattered around the island. Resort shops generally offer the most attractive and original resort-wear, however, their prices run higher than elsewhere on the island.
Historic buildings in Waimea and North Kohala host numerous galleries and gift shops showcasing the work of local artists. Many of the island's former sugar plantation towns have also been transformed into charming art communities where local artists offer their creations for sale directly from their studios.
Here is a partial list of some of the best shopping destinations on the island. Numerous other shopping plazas can be found throughout the island in the local towns of Waimea, Kona, and Hilo.
From family style to high style, Queens Marketplace and Kings Shops are the ultimate shopping and dining destinations along the Kohala coast. Adjacent to each other at the oceanfront Waikoloa beach resort, the two centers feature over 90 stores and 18 restaurants. It's a paring made in paradise, surpassing all other resort shopping centers on the island in size, selection and elegance.
Of the two, King’s Shops is the jewel of the Waikoloa Beach Resort: a luxurious outdoor shopping oasis set amidst lush vegetation and water features, offering unique Hawaiian merchandise alongside a large selection of world-renowned brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Coach, Tommy Bahamas', Macy’s and more. Just 20 minutes north of the Kona Airport. Open daily 9:30AM to 9:30PM.
Exquisite dining means different things to different people. Whether you’re after a casual, fast-food treat or an elegant meal, the shops at Mauna Lani cater to every palate. Located at the Mauna Lani resort, the shopping center features some of the best restaurants on the island, and exclusive gift shops that achieve the perfect balance between brand name quality and unique local craftsmanship.
Enjoy relaxed dining at Tommy Bahamas’ Restaurant and bar, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Monstera, or Just Taco's Mexican Grill and Cantina. For a snack or if you are looking to do some food-shopping, try Foodland Farms, a full-service gourmet market featuring a delicatessen and bakery. Kimo Bean coffee and Juice 101 are also nearby.
Enjoy the warm Kona trade winds and breathtaking views of Keauhou Bay at the open-air shopping center located just minutes south of Kailua-Kona in Keauhou Resort off Alii Drive. Keauhou Shopping Center offers a great mix of shops, restaurants, professional services and a state-of-the-art multiplex theatre (with stadium seating).
Keauhou Shopping Center is the centerpiece of Keauhou Resort, a modern getaway surrounded by rich Hawaiian history. Once the birthplace and playground of kings, The Center offers shopping and the chance to learn about the heritage of the Kona Coast through special entertainment and educational programs.
Vacation rentals offer not only unsurpassed convenience and flexibility in terms of accommodations, but also the exciting opportunity to get creative with your culinary skills and enjoy entertaining at home.
The Big Island is the perfect place to indulge your inner chef and host by taking advantage of the numerous farmers' markets available. Supplied by local farmers, these markets offer a wide range of fresh, often organically grown fruits and vegetables that you will love. You will also find cheeses, flowers, coffee, and decorative non-food items brought in by local artisans.