Shopping on the Big Island

Dozens of shops in Kailua-Kona offer a range of souvenirs from far-flung corners of the globe and plenty of local coffee and foodstuffs to take home to everyone you left behind. Housewares and artworks made from local materials (lava rock, minerals, koa, and milo wood) fill the shelves of small boutiques and galleries throughout the island. Upscale shops in the resorts along the Kohala Coast carry high-quality clothing and accessories, as do a few boutiques scattered around the island. Galleries and gift shops, many showcasing the work of local artists, fill historic buildings in Waimea and North Kohala, and many of the island's former sugar plantation towns have been turned into charming art communities, with local artists selling their wares directly from their studios. Hotel shops generally offer the most attractive and original resort wear but, as with everything else at resorts, the prices run higher than elsewhere on the island. Below we review the main shopping areas. However, many other local shopping plaza's with a variety of stores can be found throughout the island, and in many of the local towns like Waimea, Kona, Hilo, etc.

Kings' Shops and Queens' Marketplace

Kings ShopsFrom 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 ocean front Waikoloa beach resort, the two centers offer over 90 stores and 18 restaurants. It's a paring made in paradise, with more variety than any other resort of shopping center on the big island. The jewel of the Waikoloa Beach Resort is Kings’ Shops, an outdoor shopping oasis offering unique Hawaii merchandise and a diverse array of national brands set amid lush landscaping and water features. You will find shops such as Louis Vuitton, Macy's, Tiffany & Co, Coach, Tommy Bahamas', and more. Just 20 minutes north of the Kona Airport. Open daily 9:30AM to 9:30PM. Here for more information.

The Shops at Mauna Lani

Mauna Lani ShopsDelicious dining means different things to different folks. From fun eating to fine dining, there is a taste for every pallet at the shops at Mauna Lani. Elegant or casual, you'll discover a food experience to delight all your senses. Much more than just shops - it's an adventure! In the heart of the Mauan Lani resort, you can find that special gift as well as wonderful dining at some of the best restaurants on the island. The shops at Mauna Lani offers the perfect balance between brand name quality and unique local craftsmanship. Enjoy relaxed dining at Tommy Bahamas Restaurant and bar, Ruth's Chris steak house, Monstera, and Just Taco's Mexican grill and cantina. Foodland farms is a full service gourmet market with deli and bakery - plus Kimo Bean coffee and Juice 101. Here for more information.
68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, HI 96743

Keauhou Shopping Center

KeauhouEnjoy he warm Kona trade winds and breathtaking views of Keauhou Bay at the open-air 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 multi-plex 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. Here for more information.

Alii Drive Shops

There are several clusters of outdoor shopping centers scattered along Alii drive in the center of Kailua-Kona. You will find everything from clothing boutiques, to ABC stores, restaurants, bars, and local crafts stores. It's an interesting area to walk around in and browse through the many shops with eclectic crafts, clothing, and arts.