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Puna is a district on the east side of the Big Island, and while it may be big on natural beauty and secluded areas, shoppingisn't exactly its strong point. In our list of the top ten shopping experiences in Puna, we even had to throw in a few that are technically in the Hilo district, but hey, they're barely past the border. Yet there's still enough shopping to satisfy a need for a little retail therapy, and most of it is in unique small shops and large outdoor markets.
Three outdoor farmers market can be found in the super rural area of Puna. Out by quirky Pahoa town you'll find the ultra big Maku'u Farmers Market on Sundays. Then up towards Volcano National Park the Hilo Coffee Mill Farmers Market takes place every Saturday. Meanwhile the longest standing market is the Hilo Farmers Market, every Wednesday and Saturday. All markets offer a whole lot more than food, they're great places for souvenir and gift shopping.
For a more upscale yet local style shopping experience Hana Hou is a must. Offering high end Hawaiian and Polynesian jewelry, accessories and clothing, Hana Hou is one of the newest and classiest shops in town. Stop by to find that special piece of jewelry that will hold meaning as a souvenir forever.
Have checking out the unique and varied wares sold in these Puna shops, and remember, always bring a reusable shopping bag.