10 Best Places for Retail Therapy on Kauai

Although Kauai is the smallest of the main Hawaiian Islands, it doesn't lack in unique and exciting choices for shopping. Whether in search of some serious retail therapy or looking to satisfy a craving for a new bikini while on the road, great shopping on Kauai spans island wide. From shops with wares to satisfy daily needs such as sunblock and electronics, to exotic galleries with collection from all over the world, Kauai's shopping is as diverse as the island's terrain itself.

For those looking for the traditional type of mall, Kukui Grove Shopping Center will be the most satisfactory. Common department stores such as Macy's and Sears make a home in this east side shopping center. One can also find unique local boutiques and stores to satisfy daily needs too. Offering the most elegant stores and galleries are the Shops at Kukuiula on the sunny south side. This open air center is bright and new, and has surf shops, jewelry and galleries with exotic finds.

To pick up exotic finds like masks, instruments and jewelery from around the globe, stop into Havaiki Oceanic and Tribal Art in the quaint North Shore town of Hanalei. An ever changing collection compiled during the owners' travels around the world, this shop feels like a small museum. An abundance of handmade local crafts are available at the Waipa Farmers Market and the Sunshine Farmers Markets.

During shopping adventures remember to bring a reusable shopping bag, since plastics have been banned on Kauai.

Old Koloa Shops
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A lively, small and historic place to shops, the shops at Old Koloa Town range from surf gear, to women's clothing, to locally made soaps and candles, and a lot more. The shops are all arranged side by side with a porch connecting them all...  Read More

Ching Young Village Hanalei
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Nestled in historic Hanalei between the ocean and the lush green mountains, Ching Young Village is mostly made up unique and exotic gift shops along with stores that provide all the surf gear a beginner or professional could need. Another...  Read More

Hanalei Center
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Comprised of a number of historical structures, including a former schoolhouse, this shopping center boasts a selection of intriguing shops and delicious restaurants. If you're on the North Shore, it's a terrific place to browse and search for...  Read More

Every first Saturday of the month, a ton of local artists and crafters gather for Kapa`a Art Night where they line the streets with booths featuring their wares. Locally crafted jewelry, paintings, decor and other locally made things are all...  Read More

Havaiki Oceanic and Tribal Art, a quaint but wonderful shop in Hanalei, features a collection of treasures from the countries of Oceania, the land of betel nut, crocodiles and headhunters. Many items are museum quality and were collected during...  Read More

Kilohana Plantation
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In its heyday, this grand, 1930s-era mansion was the focal point of a successful sugar-cane plantation. Today, the Tudor-style, 16000-square-foot home has been restored to its original glory and houses galleries, boutiques, and the historic...  Read More

Local handmade crafts and locally grown produce can be found island wide at the various Sunshine Farmers Markets taking place every day of the week. You'll find food to take home and prepare, as well as ready made meals, clothing, jewelry, and...  Read More

Kukui Grove Shopping Center
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One of the island's largest shopping venues, Kukui Grove features an open courtyard and boasts such distractions as miniature golf, weekly Polynesian entertainments, and live music on weekends. Dozens of shops offer all sorts of temptations,...  Read More

Locally made and grown everything is what you will find at the Waipa Ranch Farmers Market outside of Hanalei at the end of the North Shore. Fruit, vegetables, jewelry, crafts, clothing - you name it and it's there. This is a great place to watch...  Read More

The Shops at Kukuiula
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The near shore shopping center located in sunny Poipu is a mix of elegance with it's modern and tropical design and casual and high end shopping. Fashion, gifts, and decor are are available in many different boutiques like Bungalow Nine and...  Read More


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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