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Kauai may be lacking in enormous shopping malls and designer duds, but it's still a wonderful place to shop. As the holiday season settles in on the Garden Island, shoppers are seeking out places to pick up unique gifts and Kauai has an abundance of places to find them. Kauai is a melting pot for artisans and crafters, and because of that there's an abundance of one of a kind jewelry, art and other creations for the home. Many 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 Sunshine Farmers' Markets, shoppers with sustainability in mind can browse one of the many locations around the island that is home to the markets. From handmade jewelry, clothing and home decor, to locally grown treats, they're a shopper's paradise.
For block party like fun and the best place to find local art for gifts, visit Hanapepe Art Night each Friday. Dozens of galleries open their doors, and entertainment, dancing and displays spill out onto the small town's street. The newer Kapa'a Art Night brings the same sort of fun to the east side, offering art and entertainment the first Saturday of each month.
Have with holiday shopping this year and seek out truly unique and Hawaiian style gifts.