Shopping on Gay Kauai

Published Date Author: , November 15th, 2014

Kauai Shopping

Kauai offers tons and tons of shopping opportunities. We explored the island from top to bottom for you, so you’ll know where to go. First off, we’ll cover the big shopping centers:


Kukui GroveKukui Grove Center
Here you’ll find Kukui Grove, the only real shopping mall on-island – anchored by Ross on one end and Macy’s on the other. This open air mall also has one of the few Starbucks on island. The mall is nothing fancy by mainland standards, but it’s great to have if you need to pick up something while you’re here – a new shirt, flip flops, or maybe a treat at the yummy Kauai Bakery?

Coconut Marketplace
The Coconut Marketplace is the second-largest shopping center on-island, with several restaurants and the island’s second multi-screen cinema. The center is being remodeled, so about a third was closed when we were there, but this is a great place to find reasonably priced gifts for your friends back home. The Marketplace also features live hula performances weekly at 5 PM.

Poipu Shopping VillagePoipu Shopping Village
This is the older (but still beautiful) shopping center, along the main drag, on the western side of Poipu. It offers upscale shopping in a garden setting, and is home to both Keoki’s Paradise and Roy’s, two restaurants we’ll review in our restaurants section.

Shops at Kukui UlaThe Shops at Kukui Ula
This center is brand-new in the last couple years, and is part of the Kukui Ula development, where you can buy a plot of land for your ocean view home, if you have a million bucks to spare. It’s a beautiful center, right in the heart of Poipu at the new traffic circle.

Nawiliwili Harbor / Kalapaki Beach
At the ocean end, on Nawiliwili Harbor, the cruise ships dock, and there’s a nice resort and a smattering of tourist shops.

KilohanaKalapaki BeachKilohana Estate
On the edge of Lihue, you’ll find Kilohana, an old plantation estate that’s been updated and filled with little shops, including Koloa Rum, a pottery shop, several little art stores, a candy store, a jewelry shop, and much more.


There are also a few shops in particular we really like:

Hilo Hattie
One of our favorite island stores is here. Kauai’s only Hilo Hattie is right in the middle of Lihue – stop here on your way back to the airport for great, affordable gifts for your friends and family back home – macadamia nuts, island candy, aloha wear, puka shell necklaces, and much more.

Island Soap and Candle Store
Koloa and Kilauea
Island Soap and Candleworks has a small store in Koloa Town and a larger one in Kilauea – a must-see on Hawaii, both to buy some of their delectably scented tropical soaps and candles and to watch them being made.

Sand People
Waipouli and Poipu
This is a great little knick-knacks store that has a location in Hanalei and one in the the Poipu Shopping Village. Some unique gifts for your friends back home.

Kauai CoffeeKauai Coffee
There’s a huge coffee plantation on the southern side of the island, west of Poipu and Koloa Town. They have a great gift shop, coffee flavored treats, and of course, great coffee.

ABC Stores
These are the local 7-11 type stores – good for the basics, but also offering a lot of touristy goodies at great prices, from mac nuts and candies to shark-tooth necklaces and everything in-between. They are all over the island.

There are a few outdoor marketplaces on Kauai – none of them very good – you’ll find one next to the spouting horn in Poipu, and another, the Kauai Products Fair, just on the northern edge of Kapa’a. But they do have some fun, kitschy tourst momentos.


Box Stores
Lihue also features big box stores like Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, and Kmart, and many of the nuts and bolts operations like contractors, suppliers, car dealerships, and more. Lihue is short on charm and long on practicality.

One of the local supermarkets – Big Save – is one of the most expensive on the island. Only shop here if you have to, or if you need one or two things – otherwise shop at the island Safeway in Waipouli. ***check this. There’s a brand new Safeway being built just west of Kukui Grove in Lihue, too. I should note, though, that if you want taro chips, Big Save is the only place I found them on this trip.

You may want to take along an extra suitcase, or limited clothing, so you’ll have room to haul back all the things you buy on your visit to Kauai.

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