Although most of the items you find in Waikiki or other tourist centers in Hawaii say "Hawaii" on them somewhere, most are not actually made in Hawaii. The grass skirts you see came from the Philippines. Statues of King Kamehameha? Made in China.
If you’d like to make sure what you bring home from the Islands is actually Island-made, we’ve put together a list of stores that specialize in selling authentic Hawaii-made products.
If you’re shopping on Oahu, you might want to look into stores like Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i in Ward Centre. Na Mea Hawaii (translation: "Hawaiian Things") also has a store in the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. Stores like Na Mea carry authentic and culturally accurate wares, including handcrafted items, gift baskets, books, clothing CDs and DVDS and even food products.
Here, we present a sampling of retailers statewide specializing in selling authentic Hawaii-made products. They're arranged by island, for your convenience, with web links when available. Many of the retailers also sell their products online, so you can get Hawaii-made products even when you can't be here.
Retailers That Carry Authentic Hawaii-Made Products: A List
East Honolulu Clothing Company
41-1537 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo
Clothing and gifts with country flair. (pictured, top)
48-140 Kamehameha Hwy
Located inside Waiahole Poi Factory, aloha wear from designer Colleen Kimura.
930 Punahou St., Honolulu
Designer Danene Lunn’s island style family wear.
1613 Houghtailing St., Honolulu
Designer Nake’u Awai's clothing
Philip Rickard Honolulu
Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, third floor
Longtime crafter of made-in-Hawaii Hawaiian heirloom jewelry.
Na Mea Hawaii
Hilton Hawaiian Village, next to Tapa Tower
2005 Kalia Road, Waikiki
Original art and fine art reproductions.
Maui and Molokai
Alii Kula Lavender Farm and Store
1100 Waipoli Road, Kula
This is a working lavender farm filled with goodies, most made right on the farm. Lavender products for the bath, home and kitchen.
810 Haiku Road, Haiku
A working soap factory, it’s a great place to visit and it smells wonderful.
Hyatt Regency Kaanapali, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali
Maui Hands represents over 300 Hawaii artists and artisans.
45 N. Market St., Wailuku
The best Hawaiian cultural products available on Maui.
Molokai Artists & Crafters Guild
64 Ala Malama St., Kaunakakai
The diverse works of over 90 top artists and crafters living on Molokai.
Banana Patch Studio
2490 Keneke St., Kilauea
Ceramics and art.
Island Soap and Candleworks
2474 Keneke St., Kilauea
Soap and candles.
Kauai Products Store
Kukui Grove Shopping Center
Kaumualii Highway, Lihue
An outlet for 200+ Kauai-made products.
Nani Moon Meadery
4-939D Kuhio Highway, Kapaa
Local honey wines and eclectic small batches of special gifts.
Train Depot Store
at Kilohana Plantation
3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue
Plantation inspired, locally made preserved foods, sauces and goodies.
17-4003 Ahuahu Pl., Mountain View
Dan De Luz turns koa, milo, mango, kamani, sandalwood, hau and other Island woods into beautiful bowls and wood products.
164 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo
One of a kind handcrafted items made by master weavers and artisans from Hawaii.
Kimura Lauhala Shop
77-996 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kona
Everything lauhala, from rolled-up mats and wide-brimmed hats to tote bags, coasters and coin purses.
122 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo
The most esteemed clothier for local people in Hawaii.
Under the Koa Tree
69-250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa Resort
Locally made koa items, jewelry, boxes, keepsakes, canoes, paddles and more.