Big Island Guide: Where to Shop and What to Buy

To add some Big Island Style to your wardrobe, try these little stores.
Photo: Odeelo Dayondon 

To stock up on stuff  you won’t find (easily) on O‘ahu, in Hilo, try Sig Zane Designs for blouses, dresses, shirts, shorts; Dragon Mama for strikingly patterned Japanese-modern fabrics and pillows; Extreme Exposure for prints, photos, art; Basically Books for books, art, gifts; and Still/Life Books for its wonderfully curated used books and local art. In Pāhoa, hit Jungle Love for unique one-off clothing, toys, gifts, art; while in Hāwī, Aloha Man preaches classic surf-shack style through bikinis, boardshorts, surf art, body care products—everything “Made in Hawai‘i.” In Kona, Ginger and Koi conjures up ethereal little dresses, active/yoga gear, accessories; while in nearby Waikoloa Persimmon Boutique pleases the fashion fixated and offers local jewelry.

 

Omiyage

You gotta bring something back at the end of your trip. Better make it good.

  • Strawberry mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen, Hilo  

  • Fresh flowers and fruit from the Hilo Farmers Market

  • Beanies and wraps from the Hawaiian Homegrown Wool Co. stand at the Waimea Farmers Market at Parker School 

  • Chicken Skin from Hawai‘i Tsunamis, Pacific Tsunami Museum curator Barbara Muffler’s new book (perfect gift for those disaster-loving nieces, nephews, and grandparents)   

  • Atebara’s Chips and Kona Chips furikake style   

 

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