Souvenir Shopping in
Hawaii the perfect vacation spot for
just about anyone, and what Hawaiian vacation would be complete
without souvenirs? While vacationing on the islands you will find
ample opportunity to pick up souvenirs to bring back home to your
Hilo Hattie's is the big souvenir
store. Unlike, the name suggests this store is not located strictly
in Hilo. It's a big chain store that has several locations on just
about all of the islands. Hilo Hattie's is famous for all different
types of souvenirs, but their crowning glory is, of course, the
Hawaiian shirt. Every tourist needs a Hawaiian shirt. You will also
find the other staples, such as homemade chocolate covered
macadamia nuts. These are sure to please every grandma. They also
have a wide assortment of hula dancing dolls, perfect for your
They have the standard dash board
version, as well as the world famous hula lamp. I was surprised by
the extreme variety available in the hula lamp. You can find cheap
plastic hula lamps for as little as thirty dollars to the
handcrafted more classy (if there is such a creation) hula lamp
that can cost as much as two hundred dollars.
Perhaps the goofiest souvenir, in my
opinion, is a real live coconut. You can actually ship a real
coconut back home to the continental United Sates. It usually costs
about thirty bucks. I say, save your money, I'd rather have the
dash board hula dancer. Coconuts are not the only live things that
are frequently shipped from Hawaii as souvenirs. The live lei
industry is very profitable in Hawaii. You can have a fresh flower
lei sent back to grandma or stick with those macadamia nuts.
Tiki statues are another popular
Hawaiian souvenir. Hawaiian legends say than the ancients, who
carried a Tiki statue with them experienced, an immediate run of
good fortune. Today, you can find these statues just about
anywhere. My favorite is the tiki statue that doubles as a bottle
opener. You can have good luck while drinking your beer.
Ukuleles are another popular Hawaiian
souvenir. These are miniature guitars that have been prevalent in
Hawaii since ancient times. Again, just like the hula lamp, you can
spend anywhere from about thirty bucks and up (really up). Some
Ukuleles actually cost thousands of dollars. The word ukulele
actually means "jumping flea" in Hawaiian. This refers to the way
the player would strum the strings.
There are many different souvenir
shops on all of the islands from which to choose your gifts. In
addition to Hilo Hattie's, there is the old stand by the ABC store.
This isn't the type of ABC store that you think of on the mainland.
It's really just like a convenience store molded into a souvenir
shop. They are on just about every corner in Honolulu. Another spot
for cheap souvenirs is the flea market on Oahu. It's located in the
parking lot of a stadium on the northern side of Oahu. Here you can
find everything from knock off purses to hand carved tiki statues.
Whatever you are looking for, Hawaii is sure to please.