10 Best Places to Shop near Big Island Cruise Ports



Travelers docking at either Hilo Cruise Port or the Kona Cruise Port for the day and have an urge for some retail therapy are in luck - there's plenty of shopping all in close proximity to the port. And for those in need of some basic necessities such as a new camera, sunscreen  or a cell phone charger will be able to easily find anything they need during their time on land. Pick up some souvenirs, gifts, or resort wear for a nice dinner back on the ship, all just a short drive from the ports.

Those in search of a funky mix of souvenirs and gifts, most locally made, will have fun at the Hilo Farmers Market. With over 200 vendors offers crafts, jewelry and household goods, you can get lost at the outdoor market for a while. In Kailua, the Kona Farmers Market offers similar goods, a lot of locally made crafts and fresh produce and snacks. 

Those in need of basic necessities like electronics, sun block or beach gear will find what they need at Long's Drugs. Offering everything from cosmetics to cameras Long's can supply any basic every day need. On the Kona Side, the Lanihau Shopping Center is the go to spot to finding those same things. For fans of natural and organic toiletries and cosmetics, Island Naturals Market & Deli provides a vast array or natural shampoos, conditioners, lotions, medicines and supplements.



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Voted the #1 shopping center in West Hawaii for the last three years, Lanihau Center is made up of fun shops, great food, and some services to fulfill your every day needs. Located in the heart of sunny Kailua, the center also is hom to various concerts and community gatherings. Anchor tenants are Sack n Save and Longs Drug. You will also find these great merchants- Supercuts, Gamestop, GNC, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Edward Jones, Verizon Wireless, KFC, Baskin Robbins, Royal Jade Garden, Buns in the Sun, Nail Trixx, Happi Yu Sushi, American Savings, Sumo Deli, Mobi PCS, Hawaiian Ice Cones, Oshima Surf & Skate, L&L Drive Inn, and Bank of Hawaii.


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Ali'i Gardens Marketplace


 

If you plan on taking home locally made items to placate those who couldn't make it to the Big Island with you, check out this public market. Here, just a half mile or so south of Kailua Pier, shoppers can find everything from handmade baskets and hats to black pearl necklaces, wood carvings, fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, and Kona coffee beans. The market is nestled amidst other shops and many restaurants to make them all easily explorable during time off the ship. Only locally made goods are allowed here, which makes it a sustainable market. Considered the island's largest and best open-air market.


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An elegant yet island style shop in downtown Hilo, Sig Zane Designs is sells high end fashionable, yet Hawaiian style clothing and accessories. They offer men's aloha shirts, neck ties, women's dresses, handbags, shirts and other accessories. The goal of Sig Zane Designs is to "share the knowledge and values of the Hawaiian people through art, by honoring the plants of the the islands, and providing a unique experience that is enhanced by teaching the symbolism of the Hawaiian name of the plant, and giving insight to other aspects of the lifestyle that will build upon the experience." The designs are connected to place, nature and culture. The shop opened in 1985 and has become a symbol of true local style over the years.


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South Kona Coast


 

Over forty vendors gather Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 am. 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.


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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.


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Best described as a natural food superstore, Island Naturals in an island staple for natural food, products, spirits, beauty products, and home supplies. What really awesome is that their breakfast hot bar serves just about everything you could want in the morning, no matter your taste. Eggs, sausage, fake sausage, tofu, pastries, and more along with really good Hawaiian coffee. Take it on the road or enjoy outside at tables. With locations in Pahoa, Hilo, and two in Kona, natural food can be obtained all over the island. The store has just about everything organic, natural and eco-friendly you could need. A highlight here is the hot bar and salad bar, with a changing menu each day that offers really good ready to eat food all day long.


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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.


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Named after a famous classic hula dancer, Hilo Hattie is the go to place in the islands for local style formal wear. Offering an abundance of aloha wear, Hilo Hattie offers tons of clothing and souvenirs perfect for any visitor. Men's, women's, and children's wear are all available. From aloha shirts, to mu'u mu'us, to leis, shorts and fashionable mini dresses, Hilo Hattie offers everything aloha themed. A button up and collared aloha shirt is all any man needs for a night out on the Big Island, and the dresses are ideal for women. Hilo and the rest of the Big Island maxes out at aloha wear when it comes to dressing up, so this is the spot to go to prepare for a nice dinner out.


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As a branch of CVS Pharmacy, Longs Drugs is the go to pharmacy and convenience store for residents in Hawaii. Made up of the usual drug store offerings such as medications, make up, hair products, some toys, beach gear and a household items, Long's can cover just about any basic need you may have. Although there are several Longs Drugs throughout Hilo and the Big Island, this store located in downtown Hilo is the most convenient location for visitors emerging from the cruise ship. It's easily accessible and centrally located near all of the great shops and restaurants of the Bayfront area of Hilo. Those in need of medication can pick up prescriptions at Longs, as well as purchase on shelf medications.


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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. Located in Downtown Hilo across from the ocean, the market is a great place to people watch, browse, or pick up gifts and souvenirs.


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