While some of us have stuck to online shopping while we’ve been cozying up at home, many local shops have opened their doors to in-person shopping. As much as I love scrolling through endless online stores looking to score on some of the latest fashion trends, I love supporting small businesses even more (and some of them even have websites that you can order from, too!). There’s something about strolling through a variety of Big Island boutiques on a Sunday afternoon with an iced chai in my hand that gives me a glimpse of normalcy during these unusual times.
To keep the ball rolling with local stores to shop at this Christmas, we’re here to share some of the best, locally owned Big Island boutiques. Do you know what the best part is about shopping from this list? You’re also supporting the local companies that stock their products in the store. Shop local this holiday season, whether you’re shopping in person or online at one of these incredible small businesses.
Makai Building, 74-5606 Pawai Pl Suite 101, Kailua-Kona, HI
Located in the heart of Kona’s Industrial Area, this family-owned treasure carries almost entirely Hawai’i-based brands and offer items like children’s books, jewelry, skateboards, and other unique gifts for all members of the family.
Hilo location: Manono Marketplace,
578 Hinano Street Unit 105, Hilo, HI
Kona location: Lanihau Shopping Center, 75-5595 Palani Rd Ste A4, Kailua-Kona, HI
Conveniently located on both sides of the island, KaiElla Boutique has you covered when it comes to buying a gift for the fashion-forward person in your life.
Two locations: Banyan Court Mall, 75-5695 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI &
75-159 Lunapule, Kailua-Kona, HI
As featured in our Guide to Big Island Handmade Jewelry, Pueo Boutique’s list of in-stock products don’t stop at jewelry—they carry candles, clothes, skincare, makeup, and more. Stop by one of their two Kona locations to snag a unique present this Christmas.
Olivia Clare Boutique
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI
Located in Waikoloa’s Queens’ MarketPlace, this boutique carries products with an island flair for everyone – including clothes, jewelry, skincare, and food items. Don’t miss the children’s section to find gifts for all ages.
Hana Hou Hilo
160 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI
If you’re looking for Big Island boutiques that offer traditional, handmade Hawaiian and Pacific Islander products—this is your go-to shop. From handwoven lauhala handbags to hand-carved bone hairsticks, Hana Hou has everything to make for a thoughtful gift this Christmas.