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Don't Forget a Reusable Bag!

Who says shopping can't be sustainable?  Our favorite spots to shop are all local, so our money stays in the islands and supports local businesses and the local economy.  Don't forget to bring cash (some vendors accept credit cards) and an umbrella in case of rain if you visit a Farmer's Market.
The thriving Hilo Farmer's Market has been going strong for over 20 years now - from a few families selling out of the backs of their trucks to over 200 vendors!  Enjoy the market, located on bayfront and Mamo street, Wednesdays and Saturdays, from roughly 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  You'll find fresh produce, flowers, food, crafts, art, souvenirs, a food court, and bathrooms on either side of the street.

The sprawling mass of tarps that make up the hugely popular Maku'u Farmer's Market house arguably the most diverse collection of vendors on the Big Island.  The selection of food alone is astounding, so go hungry and choose from amazing BBQ, Thai, Samoan, smoothies, baked goods, Indian, Mexican, Crepes, and more.  There is different entertainment each week on the small stage by the picnic tables.  Clean bathrooms also available.

The Maku'u Farmer's Market is open Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is located right off the highway before Pahoa and after Ainloa drive, coming from Hilo.

If you find yourself out in Puna on a Saturday morning, it will be worth your while to follow Highway 137 to the neighborhood of Seaview and find the unique market at the Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education (or S.P.A.C.E.).  This beautiful large buiding hosts a modest sized farmer's market, but what it lacks in vendor numbers it makes up for tremendously in creativity.

Simple, comfortable, sustainable clothing with a good message and a stylish design - what more do you need?  Aloha Grown is not just a great local line of clothing, it's a way of life - they use slogans like "Peace, Love, & Brown Rice," "Join the Backyard Revolution," and "Keep Hawaii Green."  They have a huge variety of men and women's clothing and accessories in many different styles, sizes, fabrics, and cuts, so check them out when you get a chance.  They have a store in both Hilo (on bayfront) and Waimea (in the Parker Ranch shopping center).  Or, check out their website!

We like our favorite clothing for work or play to look good, but more importantly it has to feel good.  A soft breathable fabric in the right fit is a pleasure to wear.  Honolua Surf Co. carries not just bathing suits and surf shorts, but an extensive line of clothing for men and women that is suited to comfortable island living.

There are Honolua stores both in Waikoloa (in the King's Shops) and Kailua Kona (in the Kona Inn Shopping Village).

You'll find a unique combination of vintage and modern, dressy and casual items for women at Hula Moon Boutique, located in both Honoka'a (on main street) and Waimea (at Parker Square Shopping Center off Highway 19).  It's a great place to find something special.  Give yourself some time to really browse around and dig through their racks - there's a lot of great stuff to see!

If you're exploring Kohala, Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts is a precious stop to include on your itinerary.  Showcasing the work of many local artists - including painters, sculpters, jewelers, authors, and more - Elements is a tasteful, delightful, colorful little boutique.  Options and prices range from affordable souvenirs to high-end designer jewelry.

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