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.



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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....  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



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



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

South Kona Coast


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...  Read More

Jungle Love
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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...  Read More



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...  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


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