Longs Drugstore: Kona coffee and macadamia nuts, for less
Yes, its a general merchandise drugstore, but they also carry quite a few local products such as Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, Hawaiian Sun fruit drinks, jams and jellies, and the full line of "Island Cravings" snacks. The prices for these items are usually the lowest around. And since Kailua is a beach town, you'll want to stock up on beach chairs, flip-flop sandals (or "slippers" as they are called here), and sunscreen.
The store is popular with the locals, especially when there is a sale which seems to be quite often.
You might have trouble finding a parking spot on Thursday evenings which is when the Farmer's Market is held (5pm - 7:30pm). The market uses part of the lower level of the Longs parking structure, but you can usually find parking on the upper levels.
What to buy: Hawaiian Isles "Kona Sunrise" coffee (10% Kona blend).
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MACY'S IN KAILUA HAS DOWN HOME FEEL .. A LITTLE LESS BUSY THAN MOST PLACES OF THE OTHER MACY'S ON OAHU ..CHECK IT OUT ........
ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BUY THERE!!!!!
B THE PEOPLE WORKING THERE SEEMED TO BE NICE..
What to buy: GOOD PLACE FOR BUYING FASHIONS FOR THE EVENING AFTER A DAY AT THE BEACH.....
What to pay: $3 TO A FEW HUNDRED IF YOU ARE INTO SHOPPING...: )
Kailua Farmer's Market: Local food and produce
The farmer's market is held every Thursday in the lower level of the parking structure behind Longs Drugstore between 5 and 7:30pm. The best place to park is in the upper levels of the parking structure -- its free.
At this market you can find fruits, vegetables and other kinds of locally grown produce. The various vendors also offer local fish, coffee, bread, flowers, and even chocolate.
Its also a great place to pick up dinner. You can find a variety of freshly prepared food for sale such as Hawaiian plate lunch, Greek, Indian, Mexican, etc. My wife and I enjoyed a freshly cooked corn on the cob covered with parmesan cheese ($3.00).
The market is popular and crowded so get there early to ensure the best choices since the produce vendors tend to run out of stock near the end.
Windward Mall: Going Mall-ing
The closest mall is the Windward Mall in Kaneohe, about 10 minutes away from Kailua. You can find the usual stores there, like Sears, Macy's, Radio Shack, Borders Books, as well as Hawaiian specialty shops like T&C Surf Designs, Local Motion, and Little People Hawaii.
Try Seeds 'N' Things on the second floor for Island snacks: crack seed (salted plums and cherries), preserved mango strips, rice crackers.
The only movie theater in the Kailua area is in this mall.
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Kawapalai Market: Since 1927: A Beachside Corner Market
Kawapalai Market, at the beach yerminus of Kailua Road, is an icon. If you need a sandwich, drinls (including wine or beer), coffee or even a few souvenirs and you need it only steps from the beach, go to this old (by Hawaii standards) standby. The prices are slightly expensive as you'd expect from both a corner market and a beachside shop, but you can't beat the convenience and the old Hawaiian ambiance. You can even eat burgers at the picnic tables outside on weekends!
The Swap Meet
Did you forget to bring a clothing item or other accessory with you? Or perhaps you need a quick way to get some inexpensive souvenirs. Although I would not spend all day or multiple days here, I would have to say that the swap meet by the Aloha stadium meets alot of convenient needs. I got cool long shorts for $2.
A Variety of Shops
There are all kinds of places to shop in Kailua - everything from a Goodwill store to pricey beachwear boutiques. I was surprised to see that there was even a small Macy's in town.
Kailua: Shopping for a House = Sticker shock!
If you want a habitable house in Kailua, prepare to spend more than $900,000, as Hawaii has the most expensive housing in America.