Best Christmas Shopping on Kauai, 2013

Kauai may be lacking in enormous shopping malls and designer duds, but it's still a wonderful place to shop. As the holiday season settles in on the Garden Island, shoppers are seeking out places to pick up unique gifts and Kauai has an abundance of places to find them. Kauai is a melting pot for artisans and crafters, and because of that there's an abundance of one of a kind jewelry, art and other creations for the home. Many of the best places to find gifts are farmers markets and small boutiques, making shopping an experience in itself.

Islanders have been embracing the concept of buying local, and on an island that imports over 85 percent of its goods, it's a good motto to follow. At outdoor farmers' markets like the Sunshine Farmers' Markets, shoppers with sustainability in mind can browse one of the many locations around the island that is home to the markets. From handmade jewelry, clothing and home decor, to locally grown treats, they're a shopper's paradise.

For block party like fun and the best place to find local art for gifts, visit Hanapepe Art Night each Friday. Dozens of galleries open their doors, and entertainment, dancing and displays spill out onto the small town's street. The newer Kapa'a Art Night brings the same sort of fun to the east side, offering art and entertainment the first Saturday of each month.

Have with holiday shopping this year and seek out truly unique and Hawaiian style gifts.

Located in Lihue inside of the Marriott Resort, The Taro Fields offers high quality clothing, accessories, swimwear, jewelry and gifts that reflect the Hawaiian lifestyle. This is an ideal shop for quality clothing for going out to nice...  Read More

Enter the museum-like Red Koi Collection to explore an interesting array of exotic fine arts. The collection includes unique finds such as original paintings, koa furniture, hand painted silks and beautiful custom jewelry, both locally made and...  Read More

Kong Lung Historic Market Center
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The Kong Lung Historic Market Center is made of an array of exotic shops making a home in the wooden structure that has been around since the village was thriving in the sugar industry. Locally crafted goods are for sale here in a number of...  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

Hanapepe Art Night
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Hanapepe is a true art town. The small historic town, which surprisingly once served as the most bustling town on the Garden Island, is filled mostly with art galleries selling locally made art and locally crafted jewelry and housewares. Each...  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
Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt

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

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

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

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


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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