Shopping in Hawaii
One of the greatest experiences a tourist can have is shopping and bringing home souvenirs as a memento of their trip. Hawaii, steeped in culture and rich in shopping spots, can be considered a shoppers’ dream. Here are some of the shops you can visit while on your Hawaii trip.
1. Harbor Gallery. Formerly known as the Kohala Kollection, the gallery remains to be a big tourist site near the region of Café Pesto. It has paintings by Harry Wishard, excellent model ships and canoes made by Miles Fry, pencil drawings by Kathy Long, and canvas paintings of island scenes by Francis Dennis.
2. Kohala Book Shop. This shop was established by Jan and Frank Morgan, and it has continued to draw guests and visitors to browse through brand new and second-hand books. The shop, located at the historic Nanbu building, contains rare first editions, sold at a collector’s price. The journals of Captain Cook are sold by set at $22,500, while the 1691 edition of the Morals of Confucius sells for $350.
3. Abundant Life Natural Foods. Healthy snacks, fresh organic fruits and vegetables, grains, baked goods, vitamins and supplements, and the latest health products are available at this health food store. It also has a take-out deli where you can buy smoothies made from the freshest fruits and salads and sandwiches made from organically-grown and nutrient-rich sprouts.
4. Dan de Luz Woods. The products of the world-renowned Dan De Luz have always been a tourist draw no matter where he goes. He exhibits products made from different varieties of wood such as koa, mango, kamani, milo, kou, hau, and sandalwood, to name a few. These are turned into accessories, bowls, and trays that come in all sizes and shapes. You can also buy letter openers, paddles, and bookmarks with prices that range from 3 dollars to 1,000 dollars.
5. Sig Zane Designs. The store sells household items, clothing, and fabrics that are made in traditional Hawaiian style. Mr. Zane puts emphasis on using Hawaiian design elements. As a result, his designs are unique and truly Hawaiian, with prints appearing on many handbags, dresses, sarongs, and aloha shirts. Recently, the shop began to sell Tibetan wool rugs that were hand-made. It has motifs of koa (acacia), ulu (breadfruit), lehua (flower), and kukui (candlenut).
6. Volcano Art Center. This shop is a testament to Hawaii’s thriving art scene, with a community of artists offering shows and exhibits that lasts for a month. The center is a non-profit community that holds at education for those who want to learn. Oil paintings, photography, oil and block prints, watercolor paintings, goddess masks, and furnishings are just some of the pieces that you will see.