Hawaii offers many opportunities to shop and enjoy a variety of culinary experiences. Here are some recommendations for these two aspects:
Shopping in Hawaii:
Art Galleries: Hawaii is known for its rich art scene. Visit art galleries on the island of Oahu, such as the Kakaako neighbourhood in Honolulu, to see the work of local artists.
Local markets: Visit local markets such as the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet on Oahu or the Hilo Farmers Market on Hawaii Island for a variety of souvenirs, gifts and locally produced foods.
Shopping Malls: Honolulu on Oahu is home to many shopping malls, including the Ala Moana Center, one of the largest malls in the U.S., and Waikiki Beach Walk, where you’ll find boutiques and world-class brands.
Specialty Stores: Explore specialty shops where you can find unique items such as Hawaiian clothing, pearl jewellery and surfer gear.
Cooking in Hawaii:
Luau: Visit a local luau to try traditional Hawaiian dishes such as kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon and poi. Luau is not only about food, but also part of Hawaiian culture and entertainment.
Hawaiian cuisine: Sample local specialities such as poke (raw seafood with rice), mahimahi (fish), iceland mousse (a dessert with coconut and fruit) and more. Restaurants, cafes and food trucks offer a wide variety of Hawaiian dishes.
Food Trucks: Explore Hawaiian food trucks where you can sample authentic dishes at affordable prices. They often offer dishes like mahimahi tacos, Hawaiian shawarma, and more.
Farmers’ Markets: Visit farmers’ markets to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and other produce from local farmers. You can also find homemade jams, honey and other products.
Culinary Excursions: A variety of culinary excursions are available in Hawaii. You can visit coffee plantations, cacao processing factories and places where chocolate and rapeseed oil are made.