The sky, the sea, the surf… the retail opportunities! Soaked by sunshine, just steps from silken sands and surrounded by swaying coconut trees, your meeting and incentive attendees will find that browsing Hawaii’s shops is the ultimate shopping therapy.
The boutiques, galleries, and locally owned stores in Hawaii’s small towns yield thoroughly unique finds: jewelry, pottery, textiles, and intricately carved koa woodworks crafted by local artisans.
Even better: no two towns are alike. On Oahu’s North Shore, the shops in Haleiwa take their vibe from surf culture. On Kauai, the bustling galleries, shops and cafes of Hanapepe Town are housed in picturesque historic buildings. And on Hawaii Island, Holualoa is an artsy town rooted in the heart of Kona coffee country.
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Ala Moana Center, the premier shopping mall in Hawaii, is just steps from the Hawaii Convention Center and the resort area of Waikiki. It’s the world’s largest outdoor shopping mall—and does not disappoint.
In Maui, your guests will delight in racks upon racks of top fashion brands in Lahaina. This former whaling village of is home to a sprawling outlet center—the only one in the world situated in an historic oceanfront resort town.
There’s buzz beyond Hawaii’s rich and aromatic java beans when it comes to take-home tastes and treats: rum produced from Hawaii’s sugar cane, granola featuring island-grown macadamia nuts and chocolate, spice mixes made from Pacific harvested sea salts, locally sourced mango relish and pineapple mustard.
And then there are the farmers markets: Hawaii’s have become bucket-list destinations for foodies. Top picks include one in Waikiki across from Leahi (Diamond Head) and another in Downtown Hilo on Hawaii Island, and your group will thank you for booking the bus to take them there!
Last but not least, Hawaii’s classic souvenirs will always be chic, and they’re still easy—and exciting—to find. What visitor can resist scoring the perfect Aloha shirt? Just as fun, your guests may find themselves enchanted by a new Hawaii-inspired hobby, seeking out ukuleles and strumming each one in the shop before settling on just the right make and style.