Hilo Hatties, Maui
A souvenir store with the largest selection. You are greeted with a shell lei placed around your neck and a free beverage. Large open store.
Most affordable and largest selection of Hawaiian clothes. Great perfumes, lotions, cds, dvds, windchimes, etc. This is the most popular souvenir store. I bought a dashboard hula girl, perfume, and a magnet.
Open 9am - 9pm
Coupon for free mug in most tourist mags
What to pay: Average prices.
If you want a big selection of Hawaiian clothes (other than t-shirts) and gift items try this store. The also carry macadamia nuts/chocolates. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is very hospitable. Coupons for discounts or gifts with purchase can usually be found in many of the free Maui tourist publications. My husband got a set of 4 coffee mugs with his purchase.
Hilo Hattie's is a chain of shops that are located all over the United States, but are truly at home in Hawaii. The shops specialize in all things Hawaiian: flower print shirts, shell jewellery, Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, and so on.
Upon arrival, we were offered shell necklaces and were greeted with a friendly 'Aloha' from the attendant at the front door. We were then free to browse through to our heart's content!
What to buy: Some of the most popular things to buy in Maui seemed to be: Macademia nuts, tropical fruit, Kona coffee, flower print clothing (shirts, dresses, sarongs, shorts, skirts, etc.), shell necklaces, coral and pearl jewellery, and Hawaiian trinkets (think of the little Hula girls you see on dashboards back home).
All of these are available at Hilo Hattie's, so instead of spending your time searching for a particular item, try here first!
What to pay: This shop was much better priced than most of the tourist shops that we visited in Lahaina. I bought 3 sarongs for $15 USD, and Jesse bought a great Hawaiian print shirt for about $30 USD. Expect to find cheaper prices here than at any of the little shops in Lahaina.
From the moment you walk in the door and they put a seashell lai around your neck until the moment you exit their establishment, you will find a wonderfully friendly and eye-appealing experience shopping at "The Store of Hawaii".
Hilo Hattie was the stage name of a popular female Hawaiian entertainer during the 1950s and '60s. Today it is a name that has become synonymous with Hawaiian fashion. Hilo Hattie is Hawaii's largest Hawaiian retailer and the world's largest manufacturer of Hawaiian clothes. The company offers hundreds of prints and styles as well as Maui Divers jewelry, home accessories, beauty products and gourmet foods.
Established in 1965, Hilo Hattie has grown to be one of the most recognized brands in Hawaii. Hilo Hattie was born Clarissa Haili on October 28,1901, but everyone called her Clara. She began her career as a schoolteacher but it was her singing and dancing that gave her a place in modern history. She popularized the comic hula style with such tunes as "Princess Pupule Has Plenty Papayas" and "When Hilo Hattie Does the Hula Hop".
Hilo Hattie gave her name to the company that now has stores all over Hawaii, and a few on the mainland, and that gives UH scholarships to deserving students so they may continue their education in Hawaiian studies and music.
Hilo Hattie prides itself on having the internets largest selection of Hawaiian merchandise. In fact they are the world's largest manufacturer and retailer of Aloha Wear.
Shopping Hilo Hattie online is almost as fun as going into a retail location could be. I mean, if you can imagine your home office swirling with soft island breezes whilst you keyboard away.
Hilo Hattie has nine stores throughout the Hawaiian Islands and on the mainland in Orange, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; Tempe, Ariz.; and Miami as well as Las Vegas.
What to buy: Hawaiian shirts and all types of Hawaiian products.
Hawaiian shirts (known more popularly as the Aloha Shirt in Hawaii) have a long and storied history in the 50th State. Many have attributed the invention of the Aloha Shirt to Ellery Chun, owner of a Dry Goods store in Honolulu who sold the tropical print fashions in the 1930s. In truth the "Hawaiian Shirt" had already been in circulation for numerous years, although Mr. Chun had a major role in the Hawaiian Shirt's proliferation.
In the mid 1930's, "Musa-Shiya the Shirt Maker" was making shirts from Japanese Kimono fabric. Musa-Shiya the Shirt Maker eventually evolved into "Musashiya", a store in business today at Honolulu's Ala Moana Shopping Center. The business advertised its "Aloha" shirts with a starting price of 95 cents per shirt! In 1932, Surfriders Sportswear Manufacturing began making and selling its "Hawaiian" shirts. Thus, in effect, the celestial shirt stars began magically aligning to produce the modern Hawaiian Shirt.
By the 1950's, the Hawaiian Shirt had blazed into prominence. In August 1959 Hawaii became the 50th State of the U.S.A., bringing the new Aloha State even more attention, and most significantly, even more tourists! Then Hawaiian shirts also began receiving high exposure in Hollywood movies, and a succession of popular Hawaii-based TV-Series through the late 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.
And as you are very aware, almost everyone who comes to Hawaii winds up buying and owning at least one Hawaiian Shirt. Some companies back in the continental US even have special “Hawaiian Shirt” casual days to spice up the office.
So one of the things you should schedule to do on your visit to Maui is a visit to Hilo Hattie’s store in Lahina. Why Hilo Hattie’s? Well there are many good reasons, and I have another shopping tip on Hilo Hattie’s, but for this article the reason is that in that store you will find the world’s second largest Hawaiian Shirt ever made – as I recall about a 200XL – unbelievable! Here is a picture of that fantastic shirt.
One of the first things a traveler to Hawaii notices on their arrival at the airport or first visit to any convenience store is the huge displays of macadamia nut products, such as gift packs of dry roasted nuts, chocolate covered nuts and macadamia nut brittle. The selection is almost endless and the prices are amazing, less than half of what you would pay on the mainland for the same items.
Hawaii is the macadamia nut capital of the world, growing 90% of the world's macadamia nuts.
In Hawaii the soil is rich in nutrients, the skies are filled with sunshine, and the plantations are drenched by tropical rain...perfect for growing the finest macadamias in the world.
Hawaii's elegant macadamia nut is an interesting phenomenon. Its unique flavor and textural qualities have catapulted it into almost mystical popularity in remarkably few years.
Though almost all the macadamia nuts today are produced in Hawaii, the nut is native to Australia. In 1921, a transplanted Massachusetts man began the first Hawaiian macadamia plantation near Honolulu. A trickle of nuts was marketed in 1930's, but it was not until the 1950's that production became substantial.
Macadamias increased in popularity not because they were backed by massive advertising, but mainly because visitors to Hawaii discovered them, took them back to friends, and never forgot the delicious macadamia nuts for themselves.
Macadamia nuts have the reputation of being the toughest nut to crack. It takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell. Old-timers tell of putting the nuts under boards and running their cars over them to crack the nuts. Today, the macadamia nuts are passed between rotating steel rollers, precisely spaced to break the shell without disturbing its contents.
The macadamia nut is primarily made up of protein carbohydrates, and mono-unsaturated fats. It contains some vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium and iron. Macadamia nuts have approximately the same number of calories as do other commercial nuts.