When shopping for Hawaiian souvenirs, the Kihei Kalama Village and the open air market on S. Kihei Road are must-stop destinations! There is a little bit of everything between these two locales from touristy knick-knacks (made in China) to more authentic Hawaiian treasures. You will find lei, Hawaiian print shirts and wraps, Pacific black pearls, tropical fruit, t-shirts, Koa accessories, and ukuleles.
S. and I always like to bring back a little something for the house from our traveling adventures as well as some small mementos for our family. We don’t go crazy shopping for souvenirs, however, because that is just not the point for us when traveling. We would much rather make meaningful memories and take loads of photos. I did pick up some lovely Hawaiian jewelry at Oceania Maui in the Kihei Kalama Village and a few Hawaiian print swimsuit cover-ups. I did forget to bring back a Hawaiian lei, which I’m really disappointed about because they’re one of the most definitive parts of Hawaiian culture. However, I’ve heard about hawaiian flower leis being sold online that I can order, so that’s what I’ll have to resort to doing.
Stop at the open air market in the late morning or early afternoon before it gets too hot. Be sure to cross the street from the market to Yee’s Orchard, which has an awesome selection of tropic fruit from Maui Gold Pineapples and passion fruit to coconuts and guava. Then head on to the Kihei Kalama Village for lunch and some shade. There are great places to eat in the village; we particularly loved Three’s Bar & Grill. The other great shopping destination on Maui for Hawaiian souvenirs was in Lahaina. See more about our day spent there here
This is the open air market on S. Kihei Road. There were great prices at the booths, and owners were willing to haggle with you.
We bought several kinds of tropical fruit at Yee’s Orchard to try for breakfast the next morning. The owners were very friendly and told us how to prepare everything.
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On to Kihei Kalama Village…
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