|Local honey and jellies in Maui. // Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau|
As part of a recently-released newsletter, the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (HVCB) provided some quick tips on where to send clients looking to shop in Hawaii.
Whether your client is a shopping enthusiast or merely looking for a Hawaii memento or two, there are plenty of opportunities to snag unique products that are designed, crafted or produced in the Hawaiian Islands.
From Ala Moana Center, one of the largest outdoor malls in America, to charming boutiques and local specialty stores in downtown Honolulu's Chinatown district, there's no shortage of retail therapy options on Oahu. Find the perfect gift (or something for yourself) with handmade soaps and spa products, island wear and accessories, home goods, and much more.
On the Coconut Coast in east Kauai, Kapaa town is home to a variety of fun shops carrying aloha shirts, vintage maps and jewelry—even rare Niihau shell lei. On Maui, Lahaina has gained a reputation as a renowned place to buy art. The town even hosts an "Art Night" every Friday during which visitors can pop in and out of special gallery shows and artist demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and entertainment.
Art not your thing? Venture to a local festival or farmers market for locally made crafts and food items. On Hawaii Island, the Hilo Farmers Market is one of the largest in the state with more than 200 vendors. Though clients won't be able to take home many of the locally grown exotic fruits due to U.S. Department of Agriculture restrictions, packing tropical fruit jams and jellies made from lilikoi (passion fruit), strawberry guava and other delicious flavors in your check-in luggage is the next best thing.