The main gift shop in the Volcano House Hotel has one of the most spectacular views you'll see at a store (as good as that of the shop at the Grand Canyon Rim). There are two shops in the Volcano House Hotel. But the most inclusive shop is the one in the rear which over looks the Kilauea Caldera!
What to buy: If you're in the mood, pick up a bottle of Volcano Red (Pele's Delight) Wine. At about $20-25 per bottle, it's probably an expensive souvenir. All kinds of other volcano-related souvenirs are available. My favorites were a book on Hawaii Volcanoes (about $15), deck of cards (about $2.50) and the matches from the hotel.
What to pay: Anything you want!
If you're headed for Vocanoes National Park, you can't miss the sign for the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Shop. This complex south of Hilo is strictly touristy, but there is a short, informative film about the history of the nut industry on the island and some little known facts about the tasty little nut. Best of all you can taste samples of the many different flavors for free! The tour and film are also free.
What to buy: This shop not only sells every seasoned flavor of macadamia nuts (chocolate covered, BBQ, etc.) and other derivative goodies, and souvenirs, but you can also stop for a soft drink, sandwich or ice cream in the fountain area attached to the shop. You won't come out of here empty handed.
The shop is open 7 days a week from 8:30 - 5:30.
What to pay: Packages of macadamia nuts can be found in all sizes and quantities from under $10 and up. You can also order online.
Hilo Hattie is well known for having everything and anything Hawaiian.....(clothing, food, candies, coffees, toys, jewelry, etc.)......Great store to go to to find it all.......BUT these stores are also found in local areas back home (Well in my home town of California)......so if you don't have a Hilo Hattie store back home...then do go to one in Hawaii.....You will find so much there! Some items are a little expensive, but sometimes you do find some deals. AND.....there are usually coupons you can find that give you free items when you spend a certain amount..or give you a few dollars off.
ABC stores carry a little of everything from snacks and film to souveniers and hawaiian shirts. The ABC stores are found in practically every corner....or at least is seems that way. Alot of inexpensive items can be found here. Some things sold there are kind of cheap looking, but you will also find some things that are sold for much more at other stores in the area. I suggest stopping at an ABC store first, just to see what they have.
What to buy: Souveniers
....(try ABC stores first)......
Other souveniers and specialty items, (Coffee, chocolates, etc)...can be found at local malls or nearby stores in the area BUT expect to pay more at some stores.
Worth the stop, there is brewed coffee on hand to sample and lots of Hawaiian treats for sale. Fairly good size parking area and nice views.
All the shopping in the world would not have resulted in Brennan finding a better souvenir than this bottle of black sand from a Big Island beach.
My friend Harry and I were driving along SR 11 when we saw the sign for "Kona Boys." We had to stop and take a picture.
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
We stayed at Arnott's Lodge since there really isn't much in the way of lodging in Hilo, but we were...more
When we were here, this hotel was closed for remodeling. It might have needed it - my sister visited...more