10 Best Shopping Experiences in Puna Offer Unique Diversity



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.




The Big Island's most modern mall, enclosed Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza is home to department stores like Macy's and Sears, as well as to popular specialty shops like Foot Locker, Gamestop, Claire's, American Eagle Outfitters, and Pacific...  Read More




Basically Books is the quintessential small and independently owned bookstore. It's apparent that the books, crafts, maps and art sold in the store were carefully chosen and have a nice balance of artistic quality, educational value, and...  Read More




Founded in 1974, the Volcano Arts Center is dedicated to preserving and promoting worldwide awareness of the Hawaiian Islands' rich artistic history. The center hosts a variety of monthly exhibits and art sales that showcase paintings, wood...  Read More




The farmers market at the Hilo Coffee Mill in Puna is one of the newest farmers markets on this side of the island. Taking place in the back yard of the Hilo Coffe Mill, the market is still on the smaller side but offers a good array of crafts,...  Read More




Named after a famous classic hula dancer, Hilo Hattie is the go to place in the islands for local style formal wear. Offering an abundance of aloha wear, Hilo Hattie offers tons of clothing and souvenirs perfect for any visitor. Men's, women's,...  Read More




Over 200 vendors of all kinds frequent the Hilo Farmers Market. Although it's open daily, the biggest days are Saturdays and Wednesdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other day. At the market you'll find everything...  Read More




According to the store owner, Hana Hou has a goal to perpetuate and educate the Hawaiian and Oceania culture. They offer one of kind handcrafted items made by master weavers and artisans from Hawaii and throughout Oceania. Located right on Bay...  Read More


Jungle Love
Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt


The small shop called Jungle Love is as unique as the community it's in - colorful, wild, eclectic and fun. Jungle Love is family run by a mother and daughter, long time residents of the area. The shop sells locally made art and home decor, as...  Read More




Best described as a natural food superstore, Island Naturals in an island staple for natural food, products, spirits, beauty products, and home supplies. What really awesome is that their breakfast hot bar serves just about everything you could...  Read More




The Maku`u Farmers market is huge. Seriously. Here you can find everything from clothing (new and used), home decor, house wares, garage sale like things, fresh plants for the yard, kid's toys, fresh produce, and a huge amount of ready to eat...  Read More


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Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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