10 Best Shopping Experiences Near the Kauai Cruise Port

So you've been on the cruise ship for days - maybe even weeks - and you need to shop. Maybe it's for the sake of old fashioned retail therapy, or maybe it's to restock some basic necessities. Whatever it may be, you'll find it in close proximity to the cruise port at Nawiliwili Harbor on the east side of Kauai. The port is in Lihue, and here you'll find everything from clothing, jewelry and accessories to basic needs like sunblock, electronics and toiletries, and their all close to the cruise port. Remember that many cruise ships offer shuttles around town.

If you're looking for beautiful locally made gifts, arts and souvenirs, stop by historic Kilohana Plantation. Just a short drive or taxi ride from the port, Kilohana Plantation is a historic home housing many galleries, arts and even a rum tasting room.

For local style resort wear, Hilo Hattie is the go to place for shirts, dresses and accessories for both men and women to dress up for dinner. You'll find a huge selection here, and browsing is half the fun.

To meet some basic needs, Longs Drugs is an all around pharmacy and convenience stores. Find everything from electronics to beach gear, and have prescriptions filled.

You'll need a shuttle or taxi to get to these shops, but they're the closest to the cruise port. Everything you could need is just minutes away.

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...  Read More



Kama'aina Surf & Sport is a one stop shop for all of your needs that are beach, ocean and fun in the sun related. They rent any beach gear a person could need, including surf and stand-up paddle boards, body-boards and snorkel gear. They...  Read More

Papaya's Natural Food Market
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Known for its selection of organic, vegetarian, and healthy food, toiletries, supplements and even some housewares, this market and gourmet deli is as good for eating as it is for shopping. If you are in need of a natural or organic...  Read More



Da Life is a locally owned outdoor gear shop located right on the beach at Kalapaki Bay next to Duke's Restaurant. The shop is there to provide outdoors types with quality gear for surfing, paddling, free diving, hiking, stand up paddling,...  Read More



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,...  Read More



Located in Lihue inside of the Marriott Resort, The Taro Fields offers high quality clothing, accessories, swimwear, jewelry and gifts that reflect the Hawaiian lifestyle. This is an ideal shop for quality clothing for going out to nice...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More

Anchor Cove Shopping Center
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A small shopping center bordering Kalapaki Beach, Anchor Cove has limited shops, many beach oriented. It's a great place to pick up a few things while taking a break from the cruise ship, or before if you need a new pair of sunglasses or a beach...  Read More

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...  Read More


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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