Interested in doing some shopping while on vacation? Maui has many shopping options to choose from, ranging from souvenirs to handmade items to luxury goods. While souvenirs can be found at many locations, basic Maui items ranging from t-shirts to sarongs, and hats to beach bags can be found at stores such as Whalers Village, located near Makena Surf in the Wailea Shops and in Kihei on South Kihei Road, and the ubiquitous ABC Stores which can be found virtually on every corner; the closest one to the condo is in the Wailea Shops. There is a new grocery store at the Wailea Shops, known as Island Gourmet Markets, which also carries souvenir items.
Having already mentioned the Wailea Shops several times, let me be sure to mention that this mall is the best place to find upscale and luxury items from stores such as Rolex, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Tiffany & Co. This mall has a number of other stores for those not wanting to break the bank, ranging from classics such as Banana Republic and Gap to Maui favorites such as Tommy Bahama and Honolulu Surf Company. This mall is a beautiful outdoor mall with good dining options and a nice collection of stores to suit every budget.
Handmade items can be found at roadside stands, street corners, especially in Lahaina, farmers markets and craft shows – see our blog post dated July 26, 2014 about where to find farmers markets which are often run hand in hand with craft shows. Many of the local resorts including The Grand Wailea, the Fairmont and the Four Seasons allow local artisans to display and sell their wares on resort grounds. These are regular occurrences and each hotel has a varying schedule as to when the artisans will be present.
Another good option for finding gifts, especially locally made items, are the Friday celebrations held on Maui. Each Friday, there is a local street fair held on a rotating basis between Wailuku (1st Friday) Lahaina, (2nd Friday), Makawao (3rd Friday) and Kihei (4th Friday). When there is a fifth Friday in the month, it is held on the island of Lanai and extra ferries are normally put into operation. The ferry leaves from Lahaina.
Lahaina is a great town to spend some time shopping. Walking along Front Street, which is a beautiful ocean front avenue, there are numerous trendy and classic stores, and lots of restaurants to help sustain you throughout your shopping trip.
Also in Lahaina is a fairly new Outlet Mall which has outlets from stores such as Coach, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.
As you can see, there are many places to enjoy shopping, so be sure to bring extra luggage to carry all your treasures home!