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Charleston, West Virginia
January 28, 2006
From journal Island Hopping in Hawaii
Kansas City, Missouri
July 27, 2003
First, a lot of stuff under one room at the main outlet on Nimitz Hwy. Second coffee as you shop. Third, good prices. Fourth a free trolley that will pick up and drop off at most major locations. The main goal is for the trolley to deliver you to Hilo's so if they drop you off at another site be sure to ask if you can get picked up from there to get back to your hotel. I took the trolley from the Duke's statue on Wakiki beach in front of the police station all the way to Hilo Hatties. Then on the return trip I got off at Aloha Towers shopping center where they would pick me up later. Aloha Towers is a good place to use public transport as there is limited and costly parking, if it is available at all.
Back to Hilo's. I purchased 100% Kona coffee there but the ABC stores on almost every block of Honolulu have equally good prices. Again...read the labels. If the coffee is under $9 a bag then it is probably only 10% Kona coffee.
One item I especially was interested in was the quilting. But again . . . most is done in the Philipines and advertised as a Hawaiian design. On the zipped pillow cases look inside for the hidden labels at the various outlets. There are a few Hawaiian made large quilts but they are pricey as good quilts should be.
I did find a basket weaver in the back of Hilo's who was doing her own stuff as we watched. She had some interesting palm leaf woven goods from purses to covered containers. She also did photo albums covered in tapa cloth made out of the mulberry tree and decorated in shells. The more you bought, the cheaper it got. She also would make specially ordered items if you wanted.
I got most of my shopping done at Hilo's so I could see the rest of the island with that chore over with.
From journal Oahu 25th Anniversary Trip
July 22, 2003
From journal Honolulu and Oahu Treasures