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10 Best Place for Christmas Shopping on the Big Island



The Big Island may be lacking in huge malls and designer stores, but it's still a wonderful place to hunt out great gifts. As the holiday season settles in on the island, shoppers are seeking out places to pick up unique gifts and the Big Island has an abundance of places to find them.  The island has a huge pool of crafters and artisans, and 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 Hilo Farmers' Market and the Kona Farmers Market, shoppers can support local economy by purchasing locally made gifts. From handmade jewelry, clothing and home decor, to locally grown treats, they're a shopper's paradise.

For beautiful and unique jewelry, contact Peace of Hawaii for sterling silver and gold combined with locally found shells. Hana Hou is a great resource for high end, local style clothing and accessories.

For high end jewelry and designer clothing, the King's Shops at Waikoloa Village house the widest selection of top of the line stores. Familiar names like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Tommy Bahama can all be found on this resort shopping center.

Enjoy the giving season, and use our list of the ten best places for Christmas shopping to cross names off your list.


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Located at the Waikoloa Beach Resort along the sunny Kona coast, Kings' Shops offers visitors and local shoppers a large array of shopping choices. From Baron & Leeds, Coach, L'Occitane, Louis Vuitton to Maui Divers, Royal Gold, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, Sunglass Hut, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama's, and many more exciting retailers. Dining includes Pacific Rim cuisine to casual snacks from Island Fish & Chips, Merriman's Market Caf�, and Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill. The Kings' Shops measures 75,000 square feet of prime retail property that boasts sales per square foot as among the highest in the state of Hawaii with a planned expansion of 25,000 more.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: King's Shops has the largest concentration of high end shops and designer clothing on the Big Island.

Jade's expert tip: Check it out when you're going to Hapuna Beach or to Waikoloa.

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This jewelry boutique carries fine stones and metals as well as a wide selection of high-end pearl jewelry. They offer Tahitian black pearls, South Sea white and golden pearls, and chocolate Tahitian pearls. Fresh water pearls in the shell can also be found here, which are quite interesting to see. Black pearls are highly valued by locals, and you'll see many residents wearing them. Many of the pearls are paired with other stones like opal or diamond, but it's the single pearls on a pendant or as earrings that residents of the islands really value. Pearls can be worn casually or when dressing up.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Tahitian pearls are a girl's best friend in the islands, and make wonderful gifts.

Jade's expert tip: Look specifically for Tahitan black pearls, they're the most valued in Hawaii.

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The cute little lizards called geckos that found in trees, homes, shops and even pop into restaurants in Hawaii are the star of this boutique. These tropical house guests are celebrated in the fun shop that is perfect for gifts and souvenirs. You'll find accessories, housewares, clothing and other art and decor all gecko themed. It is most definitely a children's store, but there's some accessories and housewares good for adults too. Children will have fun exploring the shop, so this may be a good break for families shopping throughout the designer stores and galleries surrounding Local Lizards & Things.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The market has a wonderful selection of locally made body oils, lotions, soaps and other body products perfect for gifting.

Jade's expert tip: Ask the staff the difference between the Hawaiian gecko and the introduced Madagascar gecko.

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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 cultural relevance. Located in Downtown Hilo across from the ocean, the book store is nestled among other small shops and restaurants making it an easy stop while exploring the area. This is where you'll want to visit for that perfect souvenir or gift, or of course a great book to read at the beach. A lot of local authors and artists are featured on the shelves.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Along with locally produced books and other knick-knacks, Basically Books is a lovely place for gift shopping.

Jade's expert tip: This isn't just a great place to pick up a book for the ship, but don't forget to browse the gift section.

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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 Front in Historic Downtown Hilo, they sell handmade lauhala bags, shell jewelry, Tahitian pearl and silver jewelry, and a wide array of Hawaiian style clothing and accessories. This is wear locals go to find upscale yet "local style" goods to wear when they need to dress up island style. The crafts in the store are so beautiful it's worth even just window shopping.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This market is ideal for finding truly unique and off beat gifts.

Jade's expert tip: Check out the always changing array of shell jewelry.

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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 Sunwear. Nine-screen Prince Kuhio Stadium Cinemas is a terrific rainy-day option, and small kids love paying a visit to Plenty Fun Family Entertainment Center near the food court. The food court offers expected mall food options, and a supermarket an drug store on the same property, but not adjacent to the building fulfill other needs. The mall is small compared to mainland malls, but is the biggest on the Big Island.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This market is a wonderful place to find Hawaii and Pacific inspired gifts.

Jade's expert tip: The most unique stores are Local Style and Big Island Surf.

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Over forty vendors gather Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kona Farmers Market. Located on Alii Drive in the heart of Kailua Kona, the Kona Farmers and Crafts Market is a must see while on the Big Island of Hawaii. Check out the huge selection of locally grown produce, flowers, hand-made arts and crafts, Kona coffee and and many more local items in the outdoor market. It's an easy stop while exploring Kailua on foot, as the market is located across the street from the ocean, in the midst of many other shops and restaurants.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: With offerings mostly locally produced and handmade, the market is great for buying local.

Jade's expert tip: Bring a reusable shopping bag since plastic bags are banned on the Big Island.

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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 well as imported goods from Indonesia, Thailand, and the like. Shopping here offers some of the most interesting finds on the island. From bamboo chimes to local paintings and photography to batik clothing and sarongs - if it's different you'll find it here. There's an abundance of fun things for main gifts and even small items for stocking stuffers.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Off beat, unique, and one of a kind all describe the treasures you'll find in here, just like the residents of the area.

Jade's expert tip: Check out the postcards and cards made by local artists to drop a line home.

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The Big Island is one of the most peaceful places you can find, and shopping at Peace of Hawaii�"a locally owned, design and crafted jewelry line�"offers an opportunity to bring that peace home. One of the best things you can do while shopping on the Big Island (or from home) is to buy local, and Big Island resident Colleen Daly collects each shell and piece of sea glass herself on beautiful beaches and crafts them into unique wearable creations of all colors and sizes. She blends them often with precious stones, metals, crystals, wood and other earthen beads to create beautiful pieces. Earrings, bangle bracelets and rings are all created with sea glass and shells found locally.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Designed and created on the Big Island, this designer offers some of the most beautiful jewelery on the island.

Jade's expert tip: Inquire about custom orders.

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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 from jewelry, to fresh flowers, to clothing and home decor, to food, ready to eat and to bring home and cook. The market is a bustling place to socialize or window and is a classic Hilo attraction. Explore the market along with the surround area of Downtown Hilo, known for it's galleries, boutiques, and overall hip scene.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Over 200 vendors offers unique creations of all kinds, perfect for gifting.

Jade's expert tip: Bring a reusable shopping bag since plastic bags were banned on the Big Island in early 2013.

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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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