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With 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 wood; bags and baskets woven from coconut fronds and the leaves of the hala tree; Niihau shell and seed lei; or CDs 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, woodwork and other souvenirs).

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.

If you're more into malls than farmers' markets, head to Ala Moana Center, home to more than 300 stores and restaurants, including upscale brands such as Gucci and Kate Spade. About a half-hour outside Honolulu are the Waikele Premium Outlets, where you can stock up on goods from Calvin Klein, Armani and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.


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