Shopping on Kauaʻi
No tourist paradise would be complete without a good variety of souvenirs to take home to family and friends. Kauaʻi does not disappoint on this count! There are so many creative craftspeople here, you’ll be sure to find all the locally-made gifts you need when you explore the many Kaua’i shopping options available. Here are just a few of the great places to check out:
Island Soap and Candle Works – Koloa
This is a great Kaua’i shopping location for unique, affordable, and locally-made soaps, lotions, and candles. Friends and family back home will luxuriate in the scents of the tropics when you gift them hibiscus, coconut, or passion fruit soap. If you’re lucky, they might be making candles there in the shop when you stop by, and you can watch the process!
Hanapepe, Tiny Town of Treasures
At first glance, you might think the sleepy old-west town of Hanapepe didn’t have much to offer the visiting shopper in Kaua’i. But you’d be very, very wrong. Some of Kauaʻi’ shopping’s best-kept secrets are right here! Puahina is a local clothing designer with beautiful, classic fern patterns on comfortable t-shirts, dresses, and skirts. Across the street, you’ll find Talk Story Bookstore, the largest on the island. Browse this independent store’s selection of used and new books at your leisure. Just a few doors down, there’s Island Art Gallery, a sure spot to find unique treasures, and just beyond that, JJ Ohana, the absolute best place on the island to purchase the rare jewelry made from tiny Niʻihau shells. You won’t regret an afternoon spent browsing the shops in Hanapepe!
Aunty Lilikoʻi – Waimea
For all your take-home passion fruit specialties, no trip to Kauaʻi is complete without a stop at Aunty Lilikoʻi’s. From salad dressings, to BBQ sauce, to sweet syrup, lilikoʻi (also known as passion fruit) adds a tangy, unique flavor to just about anything. This is a unique gift that your friends back home will love!
Don’t Forget Farmers’ Markets!
That’s right, they’re not only for fruits and veggies! Stop by the nearest farmers’ market to find all sorts of handmade local treasures to take home with you. The one in Hanalei is very popular on Saturday mornings, located right in downtown next to Waioli Park. Come for the breakfast burritos, stay for the crafts!
Kauaʻi’s shopping options are many and varied. Come and treasure hunt today!