Go Shopping, Kaua‘i-StyleKaua‘i
A SHOPPING SPREE on Kaua‘i mimics the island experience to a T— you can’t possibly know what to expect, and you have to keep a keen eye peeled for treasures hidden along the way. There are shopping malls—none of them guilty of a sprawl—along with bigbox discount stores and Macy’s, the island’s only nationwide department store. Beyond that, there is an eclectic mix of small, unique, owner-operated stores.
Here’s a short guide to the island’s major shopping destinations:
KUKUI GROVE CENTER is the largest shopping center on the island. Here you’ll find Macy’s, Starbucks, Longs Drugs and more. Costco and Kmart also are nearby.
Smaller shopping destinations, like ANCHOR COVE SHOPPING CENTER and HARBOR MALL, are located at Nawiliwili Harbor. Walmart is near Wilcox Memorial Hospital on the north side of Lihu‘e.
The SHOPS OF KILOHANA, located north of Lihu‘e on the grounds of a 1930s plantation estate, offer art and gift shops in a pleasant surrounding.
South Shore shopping is concentrated in the PO‘IPU SHOPPING VILLAGE, on the streets of nearby KOLOA TOWN and in the resorts.
Kukui‘ula Village Shopping Center, better known as The Shops at Kukui‘ula, is the newest addition to the South Shore shopping scene. A premiere, expansive, open-air mall, here you’ll find local boutiques like Malie and Mahina, art galleries, a weekly culinary market and a natural foods store, nestled amongst some of the island’s most renowned restaurants. Hot spots include: Peter Merriman’s Merriman’s and Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza & Burgers (just below), The Dolphin, for sushi and poke, and Roy Yamaguchi’s newest eatery: Eating House 1849.
COCONUT MARKETPLACE is a visitor-friendly shopping center near KAPA‘A with 60 restaurants and shops. Nearby BAMBULEI, a small apparel and antiques boutique in WAILUA, is a find for women looking for something different. In OLD KAPA‘A TOWN, a cluster of off-the-mall shops and restaurants line the streets. Park and walk to discover what’s there.
Shopping here is likely to focus heavily on arts, crafts and tasty treats like handmade jellies and granola. If you come across Ni‘ihau shell lei, you’ve stumbled on a gem. HANAPEPE is the place to find local art.
Located 25 miles north of Lihu‘e just off Kuhio Highway is Kilauea, an old plantation town that is now growing its own brand of island chic. Down the road in Hanalei lies a village of little shops and eateries that invite exploration. For a little luxury browsing, check out Princeville.