Crazy Shirt: Tees and Beach Wear
Crazy Shirt is a store I have seen in many location on the Main Land of the U.S. Here in Hawaii they have several locations across the islands. They carry some nice tee shirts for men women and children along with pants, swim wear, skirts, hats and some plush toys for kids. Prices are reasonable and the quality of the merchandise is good.
We stopped into the store primarily to look for a swim shirt for me. They had a few but I wasn't thrilled with the color options; fortunately I found what I wanted on their website when I got home. The sales woman was very helpful; a former New Yorker who once worked for Pan Am(it is a small world).
ABC Stores: If you can't find it here.....
ABC Stores are located all over Oahu, Maui and Kona. You can't walk down a block without hitting a store or several stores. The stores range from small shops to large department sized stores. Everything you could want to buy are in these stores: food items, alcohol, souvenirs, clothing, makeup, toiletries, sun block, beach towels, candy, picture frames, beach coolers, hats and more. The prices here are very affordable so it is the perfect place to pick up some cheap souvenirs for the people back home.
During our trips we always find ourselves here picking up some souvenirs and gifts for the people back home. Our last trip to Hawaii brought us to various stores in Waikiki, Kona and Lahaina. It is important to save your receipts. ABC has a rewards program that entitles you to free gifts depending on the total amount of your receipts. Our last trip we saved all of our receipts from Oahu, Kona and Maui and were given a tote bag, insulated cooler bag and a large bag on wheels for free.
**ABC is definitely a bargain store. No items will "break the bank" or budget. It's also a great place to buy the souvenirs for the people back home without spending a fortune.**
Harley Davidson Store: A Souvenir Shirt for my Dad
My Dad's only request of me for a souvenir was to get him a Tee Shirt from the Harley Davidson Shop in Kona. The shop is about a fifteen minute walk from the pier up a large hill.
The gift shop is a small area off the side of the dealership with tee, jackets and other Harley Davidson themed items. There were several tees to choose from and we found him a good one for $25. He was quite happy when we came home with it.
Waikoloa: Nice Shopping Center on Kona Side
This is an upscale shopping center with some very nice stores and art galleries. There are two shoppings centers, one is called Queens' Marketplace and the other is Kings' Shops. They are very close together and both centers are very nice. There is a Roy's Restaurant at Kings' Shops.
One of the art galleries we thought was very nice was Third Dimension. They carried some intriguing bronze statues by artist, Nano Lopez. Another gallery, Genesis, had Dale Chihuly glass art.
At the Queens' Marketplace, I found a great store called Island Gourmet Markets. There was even wine tasting within the store. Pre-packaged sandwiches and many Hawaiian souveniers. Turns out this is just a fancy ABC store. I enjoyed it anyway, it was much bigger and with a produce and grocery area, too.Related to:
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Many Stores: Kailua-Kona Alii Drive
The main shopping area in Kailua-Kona is on Alii Drive for quite a stretch. Lots of shops and restaurants. It's a bit touristy for my taste but did see some art galleries that were interesting. The farmers market is nearby (also on Alii Drive) but open from Wednesday through Sunday.
The cruise ships like to dock at Kailua-Kona, so many of the tourists come from the ships.
There is also an interesting church located in this area. Should check it out!
Kona Wine Club: Wine
My boyfriend and I really enjoy drinking good wine. Typically, the supermarkets tend to carry wines that aren't so complex. So, it's nice to find a wine shop that might carry more than a few varietals of wine.
A quick browse of this market's website on Zinfandels shows they carry a Dashe Cellars 2007 Zin. Ummm, ummm! I've had this before and it's very good! Priced reasonably, too!
Opened Monday- Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Good thing I found this wine shop!Related to:
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Akatsuka Orchid Gardens: Orchids and other plants
Even if you do not want to shop for plants it is worth a stop.
These Gardens are more or less a warehouse filled with orchids of all species. Everything is ready for shipping or for sale. You can buy seeds and cuttings for coffee plants, papayas, guavas, hibiscus and plumerias.
They have a huge gift store too.
Open Daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. HST
Entrance is for free.
What to buy: I bought two orchids and they are doing fine here at home.
What to pay: They have small orchids for 4$ and they had as well one for over 20 000$ that won some awards.
Costco: The Everything Store
Okay for all you condo stayers your in luck...there is a Costco about 3-5 miles north of Kona. I just like any other Costco on the mainland. It's got all the food you need, bathing suits, just in case, clothes and electronics. If you want to pick up a vollyball for fun they have that too.
What to pay: The cost of items in the Hawaii Costco are more than on the mainland, but still cheaper then some of the other stores.
Greenwell Farms: Best Coffee on the Big Island
Greenwell Farms is a coffee plantation that is in the Kailua-Kona region. Very good coffee, prices are a little high but you have to remember that you are buying Kona coffee.
What to buy: Personally, I would recommend the Estate Blend. However, they have samples of all of their selections so feel free to pick the one you like best!
What to pay: Somewhere between $20 and $40 for a 1 pound bag.Related to:
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KTA: Cheapest Groceries
One of the benefits of renting a condo is that you can cook your own food and save on the cost of eating out. We had a few meals at restaurants but we sure like hanging out on the lanai. So I did my own survey of grocery prices and found KTA in the Keauhou Shopping Center the cheapest.
Not very scientific (and a strange way to spend vacation time) but compared the price of milk, beer (Kona of course), mangoes, bread, and steak (T-Bone of course). KTA was cheaper than Safeway on all items. WalMart had some cheap dry goods but they just don't carry the rest.
I couldn't bring myself to spend time at K-Mart - sorry.
Discount Fabric Warehouse: Fantastic Hawaiian fabrics
Discount fabric warehouse (taken from www.gotfabric.com)
E Komo Mai!
We have multiple locations in Hawaii and California. GotFabric.com is the online division of Discount Fabric Warehouse, a wholesale and retail operation. Our motto is "Discount Prices Everyday for Everyone."
We have a large selection of these fabrics and items:
Hawaiian & Tropical
Our hard to find Notions:
Coconut, Wooden & Bamboo Buttons
Hawaiian, Oriental and Quilting Patterns
Our Specialty Fabrics include:
Jacquards & Brocades
Spandex & Slinky
Checkout our Outlet Store for:
$1 & Less items
What to buy: all sorts of fabricsRelated to:
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Shopping guide: Where to shop on the big island
Kailua-Kona and Hilo are the primary shopping districts, but other quaint small towns offer a treasure trove of rare gifts. They are alive with small antique shops, museums, bookstores, art galleries, cafes and bakeries, each offering their own unique shopping flavor and sense of Old Hawaii.
For example, the South Kona towns of Holualoa, Kainaliu, Kealakekua, Captain Cook, and Honaunau reflect the flavor of Coffee Country. The harbor town of Kawaihae has a shopping center. Waimea is steeped in upcountry Paniolo history. The northern towns of Hawi, Kapaau, and Honoka'a take you back to the island's history of sugar cane plantations. Volcano Village is known as an artist's colony, inspired by Madam Pele's volcanic activity at Kilauea and Mauna Loa.
Just outside Kailua-Kona is a shopping center with a grand view of tranquil Keauhou Bay. The Keauhou Shopping Center is home to 35 shops and restaurants, most of them unique to the Big Island. Its merchants offer a variety of one-of-a-kind items, some only available at the center itself.
In newer Waikoloa, Golf Country, the Kings Shops offers upscale shopping, including art galleries, boutiques, and designer stores. The large Kohala Coast resorts all boast wonderful high-end shops and galleries, with easy access and free parking.
The Hele On Bus offers long distance transportation between Kona and Hilo. Hilo Hattie, one the state's most well-known Hawaiian-style stores, offers daily a free shopping shuttle from all hotels and condominiums in the Waikaloa, Kohala, Kona and Hilo areas. In Kailua-Kona, Island RV offers shuttle service to most Kailua shopping centers. The Alii Shuttle runs between the Lanihau and the Keauhou Shopping Centers. The Kona Coast Shuttle operates between the Kohala Coast Resorts and Kona Inn Shopping Village.
What to buy: LOCAL TEXTILES and QUILTS, Kona coffee and macadamia nuts; WOWEN lauhala and coconut Leaves with hats, bowls and mats; orchids, anthuriums, and other exotic bloomsRelated to:
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ABC Stores of Hawaii: Souveniers
One of my favorite places to haunt while in the islands are the ABC stores of Hawaii.
The stores can be found just about every corner depending on what town you are in.
ABC stores are like 7-11's, Circle K's, Turkey Hill's, and Wa Wa's, as they carry various snacks, sodas, water and juices.
They also carry sundry items such as sunscreen, film, sand mats, and first aid supplies.
But what I really like about the ABC stores is the wide assortment of gifts and souvenirs at very low prices.
What to buy: Pareaus (Pareos). These can be long or short pieces of fabric which can be worn as a skirt, a dress, or as a swimsuit cover up. They come in various colors and patterns. At the ABC stores you can sometimes find them for as low as five dollars apiece.
Coconut syrup. I bring back at least four bottles for pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
Coffee. ABC stores carry bags and bags of Hawaiian coffee. One of our personal favorites is "Lion Brand" the cup that roars.
Purple Gum. Choward's Scented Gum. This is an acquired taste. You either love it or you hate it. It is violet scented gum.
Aloe Vera Gel. This is great for sunburns and wind chapped skin.
What to pay: Prices for Pareaus start at $5.00, Coffee can run as low as $3.00 per bag. Check each store as they run their own specials.Related to:
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Hilo Hattie's: Buy a flowered shirt
I love to go to Hilo Hattie's to look around.
Somethings are a little gaudy to say the least but it is fun. You can buy gifts to take back home, boxes of mac nuts, a Hawaiian shirt, and many other things here.
They have sales and coupons the flyers..Related to:
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Long Drug Store: Everything under one roof
Our favorite place to shop is Long's Drug store. They have everything at very reasonable prices. It is also a good place to have your film developed. They do a great job and you have them back in 24 hrs. or less.Related to:
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