Where you spend your travel dollar while visiting Kauai (or from home!) is powerful. It has the ability to support local residents, provide for our families, promote authentic culture, and create empowering jobs and businesses. You may even get to talk story with vendors and learn about their art, trade, and their life. Everything you purchase will increase in value as you take time learn about it.
Donʻt assume that something is made here or supports the local economy – many products you see are oversees knock-offs and big-box retailers. Check the origin labels on items and look for ‘Locally Made’ or ‘Handcrafted on Kauai’. Our directory below also highlights (K)anaka Maoli Owned; (M)inority Owned, and (W)omen Owned businesses.
Places to Shop
Sometimes nothing beats browsing to pick out something really special! These hot shopping spots highlight mostly locally-made and designed products and are a great stop to check out an abundance of options. From north to west:
- Ohana Shop Kauai (Hanalei) – A gorgeous store that hosts beautifully crafted lauhala products, locally made jewelry, goods for the home, bath & body, and much more. Local owners, Koral and Moku, do a lot for the community here. (K)(W)
- Kalalea Anahola Farmers Market (Anahola) – Another great Anahola-based marketplace on Hawaiian homelands with a farmers market every Sunday. (K)(W)
- Anahola Marketplace (Anahola) – Non-profit marketplace on Hawaiian homesteads with vendors and retail shops managed by local and Native Hawaiians to help build strong communities. (K)(W)
- The Kauai Store (Kapaa) – The Kauai Store is a great source for authentic Kauai products! They carry a wide variety of products and gifts, and all of their products are either inspired, designed or made right here on The Garden Island.
- Kapaa Art Walk (Kapaa) – The first Saturday of every month, Old Kapaa Town hosts an art walk with music, local vendors, food trucks, restaurant specials, and more. Many of the vendors offer products handcrafted on Kauai.
- Hanapepe Art Night (Hanapepe) – Every Friday from 5pm to 9pm Kauai’s “biggest little town” opens all the galleries, shops and restaurants , and artists, musicians and venders of all types line the main street. It makes for a wonderful night out.
- Ho‘omana Thrift Store (Kapaa) – This store’s primary focus is using the Thrift Store as a “training site” for individuals in job-transferable skills! It’s the Thrift Store that changes lives and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Food & Beverages
- Kauai Sweet Shoppe – a Kānaka Maoli owned and run business that makes small batch confections like bon bons, caramels, and more, available at their Kilohana Plantation location and other outlets on island. (K)(W)
- Moloa‘a Bay Coffee – Kaua‘i grown and produced coffee in a variety of styles, plus teas, chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee blossom honey, and more available for shipping, pickup at the KCC farmers market, or in their Kapa‘a retail location. (M)(W)
- My Kaua‘i Honey – honey, cacao honey macnut spread, honey mango jam, tinctures & balms. This minority-owned business derives their products from their own bee hives across the island. (M)
- Nani Moon Meadery – the only brewer in HI that uses 100% local fermentables in their products, this honey wine producer supports farmers and beekeepers as well as those who like a little buzzzzzz. (W)
Bypass the cheesy guidebooks written by people passing through, and instead dive deep into Kauaiʻs real stories with books that can connect you to the culture and history of the island through local eyes.
- Aloha Publishing Hawaii – dedicated to promoting educational materials that help our children and share the meaning of Aloha. Their vision is to share the lessons of Aloha to anyone wanting to learn to help generate peace, love and acceptance for each other worldwide. (K)(W)
- Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides – building on two decades of interviews with more than sixty Hawaiian elders, leaders, and fishermen and women, Kaiāulu shares their stories of enduring community efforts to perpetuate kuleana, often translated to mean “rights and responsibilities.” (K)(W)
Health & Beauty
- Maile – (pronounced mah-lee-ay) has been a leader in the natural and organic beauty space on Kaua‘i since 2004. They only use organic, all-natural and wild-crafted ingredients to handcraft luxurious products that capture the essence of the tropics, allowing you to experience paradise anywhere. They also give back through their community donations program! (W)
Clothing & Accessories
- Kauai Carver – Whether youʻre looking for apparel, jewelry, or unique sculptures, Kauai Carverʻs got you covered! Keoni Durant is deeply committed to honoring the ways of life created by his Kanaka Maoli ancestors through various materials and styles including tiki, fish hook, paddler, and more. (K)
- Leiko Kaua‘i – Their unique vintage line of handmade clutches captures the essence of 1960’s era Hawaiian style through upcycling vintage fabrics with great memories – some come from Tutu’s old dresses or uncles favorite aloha shirts! (K)(W)
- Live Laugh Aloha – The message on her clothing is a simple reminder to “LIVE life to the fullest, LAUGH as much as possible, and share ALOHA in all we do.” (K)(W)
- NN Precision – Michael Nizo is an artist in Hilo, originally from Kekaha, Kaua`i who works with woods like Birch, Poplar, Mahogany, and Koa to design Hawaiian-themed laser-cut Wood Jewelry, and much more. Read about his inspiring story on his website. (K)
- Sole Mates – A family-owned mom-and-pop shoe store offering a wide variety of comfortable island-style footwear and hydroflasks. (K)(W)
- Meli Wraps – Reduce plastic and keep your food fresh with these food savers that use organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin and plant oils to create a natural & reusable antibacterial wrap. They also have adorable travel utensil sets! (W)
- Moses Hamilton Hawaiian Art – Mo is an inspiring artist, born in Ha’ena. Self-taught, he rediscovered his passion for art and started painting by mouth after a car accident in 2002 left him paralyzed. (M)
- NN Precision – Michael Nizo is an artist in Hilo, originally from Kekaha, Kaua`i who works with woods like Birch, Poplar, Mahogany, and Koa to design Hawaiian-themed laser-cut wood Educational Puzzles, Lamps, Coasters, and Ornaments. Read about his inspiring story on his website. (K)
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