Prince Kuhio Plaza is the closest you'll find to a mainland-style mall on the Big Island. Completely indoors (most island shopping centers are not enclosed), the plaza is a full-service mall, meaning that in addition to plentiful shops and kiosks, you'll find a full food court, children's rides and even a movie theater.
It's the type of mall where you could spend the day, which is a good thing, on a side of the island where rainy days are a common occurrence. So whether you're in search of some retail therapy or just looking to take a break from trails and beaches, Prince Kuhio Plaza can keep you entertained for a whole day.
Stores at Prince Kuhio Plaza include well-known names like Macy's, American Eagle Outfitters, GameStop and Sears. Smaller shops offer insight into local interests, such as surf shop Local Style, Hawaiian Jewelry Store and Hilo Hattie. In addition to stores and boutiques, free-standing kiosks offer a range of off-beat products.
Enjoy some retail therapy at Prince Kuhio Plaza — Photo courtesy of rafael-castillo
As to be expected, the food court offers the usual mall fare. If hot dogs on a stick are your thing, then you're in luck. Craving Cinnabon? You'll find it here. And all malls must have a Starbucks, right? Well, you'll find two here: one in the main building and one at the back of the parking lot.
But perhaps the best place to eat on site is Maui Tacos, a local chain serving a Mexican menu with a local twist, that's actually pretty darned good. Another local staple at the plaza is Zippy's. It's a local fast food chain/sit down and eat restaurant that's a hot spot for most locals.
Eat Mexican food at the food court, while you're at it — Photo courtesy of Jason Lam
At Prince Kuhio Stadium Cinemas, nine state of the art theaters play the newest blockbusters. A video game area adds fun to the night, and the usual treats and drinks are offered inside. Prices are as follows: $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $6.25 for children and $7.50 at matinee shows.
Not far from the mall are Hilo attractions like Liliuokalani Park and Banyan Drive. About a half hour away (heading inland and south) is Volcano National Park and the Kilauea Lodge, one of the best places to eat on this side of the island. Just a few minutes away are popular Hilo eateries, including Miyo's home-style Japanese restaurant and Hilo Bay Cafe - a gourmet restaurant utilizing locally sourced ingredients.
Whether you're dropping by the plaza to pick up a particular item or seeking refuge on a rainy day, you'll find something fun to do at Prince Kuhio Plaza.