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“Beware, Better Deals Elsewhere!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Hilo Hattie

Hilo Hattie
3-3252 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Ranked #4 of 5 shopping in Lihue
Type: Specialty Shops
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“Beware, Better Deals Elsewhere!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2007

Been to the Lihue location once, but have been to other Hilo Hattie stores in Hawaii and one in California. This store is a bit smaller than most but carries all of the same items.

I was put off by this store after finding the vast majority of their clothing is made in China, the Phillipines or Indonesia. This is not how they used to be.

The Walmart is right next door to Hilo Hatties. I am no fan of Walmart, but they did have a whole section of the store that carried all of the same trinkets and food items that Hilo Hatties does, but MUCH cheaper.

More importantly, they had aloha shirts for $9.99 that had tags on them saying "Proudly Made in Hawaii." Compare this to the foreign made aloha shirts I saw at Hilo Hattie selling for $35.99.

There is a very nice Costco open in Lihue as well. They also carry Hawaiian made aloha shirts and a lot of the food items Hilo Hatties sells (much cheaper of course).

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“Deceptive Coupon-- Beware Of Hilo Hattie's”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2007

Skip Hilo Hattie's completely! The Hilton Kauai gave us a coupon--spend $50 at Hilo Hattie's in Lihue and receive a free Hilton tshirt. Spent over $50 on the pearl and pendant (the pearl is worth about $6 and they pressure you to buy a pendant for it--couldn't say no to my daughter who was so excited about getting a pearl in her oyster). When ringing up the item, I was told the jewelry is excluded--THERE ARE NO EXCLUSIONS NOTED ON THE COUPON--even lists jewelry as one of the items they sell. I was holding the coupon out during the whole pearl transaction and was never told this coupon doesn't work here. Saw the same thing happen to other people in the store.

Got ripped off with their prices and then couldn't even get the free tshirt. Got even more mad when my credit card statement arrived at home--they try to tell you that the jewelry is not sold by them that it is a different company--total lie--my credit card statement says 'Hilo Hattie' for the jewelry purchase!

The quality of the stuff at Hilo Hattie isn't great--you could get the same quality tshirts at Walmart in Lihue for much less.

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