So in the interest of full self-disclosure, I must say that shopping malls give me the hives. I like acquiring "stuff" as well as the next gal, but put me in a sanitized, air-conditioned musak-world for more than 35 seconds or so and I WILL lose my mind.
I do, however, want to load up on lots of fun souvenirs and bribes for all the people who are going to make me feel guilty that I didn't bring them to Hawaii.
I am absolutely fine with cool, funky little shops with lots of unique things to discover.
- So what places are cool, unique, not-to-be-missed?
- Someone (Betty Lou?) recently mentioned that not all ABC's are created equal, and go for the bigger ones. How is the one at HHV? Are the prices the same at all, or are we paying an unsuspecting tourist surcharge at some locations?
- Swap meet - good or junky? Do people haggle here? Do prices tend to be well below regular stores?
- Is KCC Farmer's Market just food? Worthwhile?
- Anything special about Hilo Hatties? Is it higher-priced duplication of things at swap meet or, rather, is it unique offerings?
Thanks to amberloo we'll check out Don Quijote
donquijotehawaii.com/store-locations.php. Looks like regular grocery store items, but also good place to load up on coffee, macadamia nuts, and unique food items.
Also as a very weird and specific request -- my young son is named "Kona". Will I be able to find some memorabilia for him with his name that won't require me to load him up with beer or coffee, and that won't require airfare to the Big Island? Any suggestions for things to keep an eye out for?
Hmmm, I seem to have a lot of shopping planned for an alleged non-shopper. Well any help that will make this utterly non-painful is appreciated!