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 Hawaiʻi’s shops is the ultimate shopping therapy.
The boutiques, galleries, and locally owned stores in Hawaiʻi’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 Oʻahu’s North Shore, the shops in Haleʻiwa take their vibe from surf culture. On Kauaʻi, the bustling galleries, shops and cafes of Hanapēpē Town are housed in picturesque historic buildings. And on the island of Hawaiʻi, Hōlualoa is an artsy town rooted in the heart of Kona coffee country.
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Ala Moana Center, the premier shopping mall in Hawaiʻi, is just steps from the Hawaiʻi Convention Center and the resort area of Waikīkī. It’s the world’s largest outdoor shopping mall—and does not disappoint.
There’s buzz beyond Hawaiʻi’s rich and aromatic java beans when it comes to take-home tastes and treats: rum produced from Hawaiʻi’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: Hawaiʻi’s have become bucket-list destinations for foodies. Top picks include one in Waikīkī across from Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) and another in Downtown Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island, and your group will thank you for booking the bus to take them there!
Last but not least, Hawaiʻi’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 Hawaiʻi-inspired hobby, seeking out ʻukulele and strumming each one in the shop before settling on just the right make and style.
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