Best Shopping Malls for Retail Therapy on Kauai

It's understandable that amidst all the beach, ocean and nature time a visitor would need a lil' retail therapy. Although Kauai is remote and green, it's not lacking in a world of satisfying shopping. While most retail stores are nestled in small strips of stores or stand alone, Kauai does have it's share of shopping malls and centers. These shopping centers boast everything from mainstream clothing outlets to small scale unique boutiques. One thing to remember wherever you shop is that Kauai banned plastic bags, so bring a reusable bag with you wherever you go.

For the largest mall on Kauai, drop by the Coconut Marketplace. An abundance of various shops offer everything from clothing from well known brands to exotic creations and basic needs. Centrally located in Kapa'a, it's easily accessible no matter where you're staying.

In Kilauea lies the Kong Lung Historic Market Center. It's walls have been standing since the start of the sugar plantation town a generation ago, and inside the walls you'll find items as interesting as the town's story itself. You'll also find plenty of places to dine, to make a full shopping afternoon out of it.

For the shopping center versions of crafting and the arts, check out Hanapepe Art Night or Kapa'a Art Night. Both events bring together tons of vendors offering locally made treasures.

When shopping in Kauai, go sustainable and buy local.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coconut Marketplace
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Ranked as the island's largest open-air shopping venue, this hot destination offers a centralized location for picking up souvenirs and vacation and resort apparel. Free-standing kiosks cluster in a central courtyard, encircled by a ring of...  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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