The main shopping drag in Kailua-Kona is Ali'i Drive.  In addition to lots of bars and restaurants, here you'll find a variety of shops catering to many different interests.  Lots of small shops here sell T-shirts, sunglass, sandals and souvenirs of all sorts.  Others specialize in jewelry or local arts and crafts. 

Shopping centers in the area include the Kona Inn Shopping Village, the Coconut Grove Marketplace and the Ali'i Gardens Marketplace, an outdoor market featuring over 50 vendors selling everything from traditional Hawaiian weapons to locally grown coffees and nuts to snorkeling equipment. Shaved iced is available here for refreshment during a long day of shopping.

Also plan on visiting the Kona International Market - just below the highway  on the north end of the business district.  There are 30+ shops in an open air mall, featuring locally made arts and crafts, gifts, food products and a food court,  fresh Kona Coffee roasted on property and an upscale womens boutique.  Their stage has music, hula, and interactive classes throughout the week.  You'll be pleased with bargains and local flavor! 

If you are just shopping for basic supplies like sunscreen or snacks, Wal-Mart and K-Mart have stores conveniently located within driving distance of the center of town and offer lower prices than the stores in the resort area. To find great deals and great prices on souvenirs to take home, stop at one of the many ABC Stores located on Ali'i Drive.

Be sure to pick up tourist magazines at the airport and other places.  You will find a lot of coupons for shopping, dining, and area activities that can save you money.