albany, New York
August 31, 2003
The first stop was the Kong Lung Center. There are several stores in this shopping area. All were interesting for browsing and for buying. Many of the stores were very old and had details such as plank floors. I found out later that the main building is on the National Register of Historical Places. A general store sold odds and ends. We also looked at the beautiful candles in The Island Soap and Candle Works store.
Best of all, the company has an online store so you can buy later! Check out the catalog. Another store in the complex was the Lotus Gallery which has art and jewelry for sale. Absolutely beautiful designs! This shopping plaza is definitely a place to shop for one of kind gifts! Based on a recommendation in RCI’s mini guide, we bought a few pastries at the Kilauea Bakery. They were hot out of the ovens and were delicious.
Click here to read a brief narrative about this different shopping plaza.
We also stopped at the Ching Young Center. This has a wide range of stores from a grocery store (where we stocked up on macadamia nuts!) to a store specializing in kites. Kites fascinate me so this was great to browse through the store looking at the large variety of types, sizes, and colors! There are also several choices of dining restaurants such as subs, pizzas, and deli restaurants. In addition there are public bathrooms!
Check out information about this shopping center. Make sure you read the section on the history of the shopping plaza.
The Hanalei Center was just across the street. This was a small area of several craft and jewelry stores including several booths outside. After doing a lot of window-shopping, I found (and bought) one unique necklace! There are also several restaurants in this area including the wonderful Hanalei Gourmet Deli.
Check out information about numerous shopping areas in Kauai.
From journal The Beautiful North Coast of Kauai - awesome!