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aloha tower marketplace honolulu oahu hawaiiWith a wealth of stores and a vibrant local arts and crafts scene, Honolulu is a fun, unique place to shop. Looking for a memento of your trip? Consider bowls or sculptures handcrafted from native woods; bags and baskets woven from coconut fronds and the leaves of the hala tree; Niihau shell and seed lei; or CD's featuring the music of local performers. And don't forget the food! Teas, jams and jellies, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, and island-grown pinapple and coffee are popular choices.

Stores in or near downtown Honolulu that specialize in made-in-Hawaii gifts include Native Books (books, music and educational materials), Martin & MacArthur (furniture and decorative items), Nohea Gallery (art, jewelry and crafts) and Island Keepsakes (gift baskets).

The Pacific Handcrafters Guild puts on a number of free public shows each year at Thomas Square. Browse the booths for pottery, wood sculptures, fine art, clothing and more from local artisans. If you're visiting Honolulu in August, you'll also find quality local products at the Made in Hawaii Festival at Neal Blaisdell Center.

The 10-story Aloha Tower was the highest building in Honolulu when it opened in 1926. Today it's home to a variety of boutiques and shops offering apparel, jewelry, crafts and more. On the top floor, the observation deck reveals a breathtaking view of Honolulu Harbor.

Produce, flowers, baked goods, beef, seafood, cheese, fruit preserves, snacks, seasonings and more -- all made or grown in Hawaii -- draw huge crowds to the Farmers' Market, held on Saturday mornings at Kapiolani Community College.

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