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Although Kauai is the smallest of the main Hawaiian Islands, it doesn't lack in unique and exciting choices for shopping. Whether in search of some serious retail therapy or looking to satisfy a craving for a new bikini while on the road, great shopping on Kauai spans island wide. From shops with wares to satisfy daily needs such as sunblock and electronics, to exotic galleries with collection from all over the world, Kauai's shopping is as diverse as the island's terrain itself.
For those looking for the traditional type of mall, Kukui Grove Shopping Center will be the most satisfactory. Common department stores such as Macy's and Sears make a home in this east side shopping center. One can also find unique local boutiques and stores to satisfy daily needs too. Offering the most elegant stores and galleries are the Shops at Kukuiula on the sunny south side. This open air center is bright and new, and has surf shops, jewelry and galleries with exotic finds.
To pick up exotic finds like masks, instruments and jewelery from around the globe, stop into Havaiki Oceanic and Tribal Art in the quaint North Shore town of Hanalei. An ever changing collection compiled during the owners' travels around the world, this shop feels like a small museum. An abundance of handmade local crafts are available at the Waipa Farmers Market and the Sunshine Farmers Markets.
During shopping adventures remember to bring a reusable shopping bag, since plastics have been banned on Kauai.