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Best Shopping Malls for Retail Therapy on Kauai



It's understandable that amidst all the beach, ocean and nature time a visitor would need a lil' retail therapy. Although Kauai is remote and green, it's not lacking in a world of satisfying shopping. While most retail stores are nestled in small strips of stores or stand alone, Kauai does have it's share of shopping malls and centers. These shopping centers boast everything from mainstream clothing outlets to small scale unique boutiques. One thing to remember wherever you shop is that Kauai banned plastic bags, so bring a reusable bag with you wherever you go.

For the largest mall on Kauai, drop by the Coconut Marketplace. An abundance of various shops offer everything from clothing from well known brands to exotic creations and basic needs. Centrally located in Kapa'a, it's easily accessible no matter where you're staying.

In Kilauea lies the Kong Lung Historic Market Center. It's walls have been standing since the start of the sugar plantation town a generation ago, and inside the walls you'll find items as interesting as the town's story itself. You'll also find plenty of places to dine, to make a full shopping afternoon out of it.

For the shopping center versions of crafting and the arts, check out Hanapepe Art Night or Kapa'a Art Night. Both events bring together tons of vendors offering locally made treasures.

When shopping in Kauai, go sustainable and buy local.


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Hanapepe Art Night
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Hanapepe is a true art town. The small historic town, which surprisingly once served as the most bustling town on the Garden Island, is filled mostly with art galleries selling locally made art and locally crafted jewelry and housewares. Each and every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. the west side town opens its doors to invite the public - both visitors and locals alike - to enjoy a night of socializing and entertainment in the name of art and creativity. Music can usually be found somewhere along the strip of art shops, as well as appetizers, chatting with new friends, and buying and window shopping of art. Dress up or go casual, either way art night is not to be missed while visiting Kaua`i.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Hanapepe Art Night will have the broadest selection of local art to make the most unique gift our souvenir.

Jade's expert tip: If you can't make it to art night, just visit the town and check out the many galleries.

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Every first Saturday of the month, a ton of local artists and crafters gather for Kapa`a Art Night where they line the streets with booths featuring their wares. Locally crafted jewelry, paintings, decor and other locally made things are all available while meeting the artists or other new people. Live music usually takes place and restaurants and shops are open. Kapa'a Art Night is part shopping extravaganza, part social scene, and part nightlife. This is the best place on the island to find an abundance of locally made gifts, art and home decor. Support local artists by gifting their creations.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Kapa'a Art Night is the idyllic place to find locally made gifts and souvenirs.

Jade's expert tip: Bring a reusable shopping bag.

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Kukui Grove Shopping Center
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One of the island's largest shopping venues, Kukui Grove Shopping Center features an open courtyard and boasts such distractions as miniature golf, weekly Polynesian entertainments, and live music and dancing on weekends. Dozens of shops offer all sorts of temptations, from clothing to artwork. You'll also discover a good selection of restaurants, ideal for grabbing a quick bite or scoping out for other moments during your vacation. In addition, a farmer's market is held every Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. Centrally located on the east side, the shopping center is just a short drive from any side of the island.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Kukui Grove offers the widest selection of shops on the island, making shopping easy.

Jade's expert tip: This is a great place to wander around on a rainy day.

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The Shops at Kukuiula
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The near shore shopping center located in sunny Poipu is a mix of elegance with it's modern and tropical design and casual and high end shopping. Fashion, gifts, and decor are are available in many different boutiques like Bungalow Nine and the Red Koi Collection. Modern paintings and island inspired photography are also available here. Surf shops, men and women's clothing, resort wear, and a gourmet grocery shop add up to providing everything you could need. The Shops at Kukuiula are perfect for serious retail therapy or even a stroll though window shopping while enjoying a shave ice or ice cream.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Kukuiula houses an eclectic selection of exotic arts and goods that make unforgettable gifts and souvenirs.

Jade's expert tip: Drop by after a day at the Poipu Beaches when it's cooler later in the day.

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Kilohana Plantation
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In its heyday, this grand, 1930s-era mansion was the focal point of a successful sugar-cane plantation. Today, the Tudor-style, 16000-square-foot home has been restored to its original glory and houses galleries, boutiques, and the historic train. Visitors may wander its halls with their rich detailing and explore the cottages that lie on the estate's grounds. In addition, Gaylord's gourmet food is fit for a locovore, and local artwork and crafts from on-site shops make ideal souvenirs. You'll also find Kauai's only rum distillery and a ceramics shop where you can make your own pottery to create your own gifts and ship home.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Kilohana Plantation houses a wide array unique items, from locally made rum to artwork.

Jade's expert tip: Make your own gift at the pottery shop.

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Hanalei Center
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Comprised of a number of historical structures, including a former schoolhouse, this shopping center boasts a selection of intriguing shops and delicious restaurants. If you're on the North Shore, it's a terrific place to browse and search for local items and souvenirs to take back home. There are several women's clothing shops, offering stylish duds with an island twist. A surf shop has all the gear you could need to catch a wave at nearby Hanalei Bay. End the shopping spree with a local beer at Cafe Hanalei. You'll also find a few service-oriented businesses, should you be in the market for a haircut or the like.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Inside of its historic walls, Hanalei Center holds different kinds of creations perfect for gifts or souvenirs.

Jade's expert tip: Check out the Yellowfish Trading Co., it's an awesome shop with a ton of interesting collectables.

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Local handmade crafts and locally grown produce can be found island wide at the various Sunshine Farmers Markets taking place every day of the week. You'll find food to take home and prepare, as well as ready made meals, clothing, jewelry, and other crafts. They also serve as a really great place to socialize. Below is a listing with days, location and times. -In Koloa at the Koloa Ball Park off of Maluhia Road Mondays at 12 noon. -In Kalaheo at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Papalina Road off Kaumualii Highway Tuesdays at 3 p.m. -In Kapaa at Kapaa New Town Park on Kahau Street Wednesday at 3 p.m. -In Hanapepe at Hanapepe Park Thursdays at 3 p.m. -In Kilauea at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. -In Lihu'e at Vidinha Stadium on Hoolako Road Fridays at 3 p.m. -In Kekaha at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center on Elepaio Road Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Sunshine Farmers Markets support sustainability by selling locally made products.

Jade's expert tip: Bring a reusable shopping bag since Kauai has banned plastic bags.

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Ching Young Village Hanalei
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Nestled in historic Hanalei between the ocean and the lush green mountains, Ching Young Village is mostly made up unique and exotic gift shops along with stores that provide all the surf gear a beginner or professional could need. Another Hawaiian style outdoor shopping center where there is not main roof reaching over the entire center, the warm tropical breeze blows through as peaceful and small clusters of people browse through daily. You'll find a mix of visitors and locals here on any given day. A selection of restaurants also make a home here, so shop and eat after spending a day on the beach.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Ching Young houses a number of intriguing shops showcasing interesting and useful things.

Jade's expert tip: Take a stroll through before or after enjoying a meal in Hanalei.

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Kong Lung Historic Market Center
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The Kong Lung Historic Market Center is made of an array of exotic shops making a home in the wooden structure that has been around since the village was thriving in the sugar industry. Locally crafted goods are for sale here in a number of styles. High end jewelry made with precious stones and locally designed can be purchased along with men and women's clothing that has also been locally designed and made. Unique housewares, much with an Asian or Pacific theme can be found and shipped home, wherever that may be. Browsing the shopping center is great after breakfast here or before a romantic dinner.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Kong Lung has a wide variety of exotic and unique items.

Jade's expert tip: Drop by before or after visiting the nearby Kilauea Lighthouse.

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Coconut Marketplace
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Ranked as the island's largest open-air shopping venue, this hot destination offers a centralized location for picking up souvenirs and vacation and resort apparel. Free-standing kiosks cluster in a central courtyard, encircled by a ring of shops. Sculpture, landscaping, and a good selection of eateries enliven the place, which also boasts movie theaters, bookstores, and other specialty shops. This is the place to shop if you're looking for traditional items such as designer clothing, housewares, accessories and shoes, this is the place to go. With everything you could need in one location, it makes picking up the things you need an easy endeavor.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Coconut Marketplace is the island's largest shopping center, offering an abundance of choices.

Jade's expert tip: You'll want to purchase a lot here, but remember to be selective as great shopping is found island wide.

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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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