Forget Hang Loose t-shirts and shell necklaces: While both are well and good—and while both have a certain tropical charm—Maui also offers a cornucopia of rare and wonderful souvenirs.
Whether you’re shopping for mementos or determined to find an extraordinary gift, Maui’s shopping scene is sure to satisfy your every craving.
Here are 11 of the best places to score island swag—and why you should support their businesses:
If you’ve been to the sleepy Upcountry town of Makawao, there’s a very good chance visiting Hot Island Glass was the highlight. Whether you get to watch decades’ worth of talent working with molten glass or just perusing their diverse collection of beautiful art, it’s worth checking out and pick out something for your home (or to wear).
Make sure to check out their sites to occasional glass art deals too.
Have a lady to shop for on your list? Whether she’s your sister or BFF, Mahina is the hottest boutique on the island for one-of-a-kind fashions.
Created by a pair of yogis dedicated to discovering “sartorial perfection,” Mahina accomplishes the couple’s vision: To provide locals and visitors with a store that’s akin to walking into your trendiest friend’s closet.
Darling sundresses, platform sandals, handbags in fruity colors, rompers with adorable details—Mahina has it all and then some. Selections also include chic jewelry with a bit of edge, lightweight scarves for Hawaii’s perennially-bright weather, and wallets in an array of shades and styles. With locations in Paia, Lahaina, Kihei, and Wailea, Mahina is the ideal place to browse between brunch and cocktails.
Though Kona was the first region to get international fame and success as one of the best coffee beans on Earth, many prefer coffee from the lesser-known Maui farms. Because of our farms being smaller, we get less attention and have a limited supply. And has as acclaim and demand increases, we’re seeing far less availability as each season passes.
Aloha Rise currently only offers 100% Maui coffee and are often out of stock. This is one of those brands worth keeping tabs on and signing up for the newsletter for upcoming releases.
Coffee connoisseurs—or those with caffeine aficionados back home—find pleasure upon pleasure with coffee from Maui. Grab a bag of light and dark or Mokka beans to brew in your own abode and get a cup of this Maui goodness for the road: Much of the coffee here is grown on small Maui farms, so you can feel good about supporting local too.
Lovely souvenirs are here in spades, primarily in the form of breezy island clothes and splendid pieces of jewelry.
Aloha shirts that call to mind Elvis’s Blue Hawaii swing next to laidback-beach tees by Toes on the Nose. The women you hope to impress will also be contented: Sporty but elegant shirts are offered by Hawaiian Drift Tees, while dresses by Rainbow Joe will convince your best friend she best join you on your next Hawaiian excursion.
Unsure of your loved one’s size? Go with a Maui sign. Retro landscapes—from hula dancers to longboarders—are recreated with a nod towards vintage glamour (and, lucky for you, cost less than $20). With locations in Wailea, Paia, Lahaina, and Maalaea, you’re bound to find something awesome for your house or closet.
Paia may be the Windsurfing Capital of the World, but it’s also one of the best spots to procure spectacular presents.
Alice in Hulaland on Baldwin Ave. shouldn’t be missed on your North Shore stop. Here, jazzy hats are sold next to stylish eyewear and headscarves, while chic threads beg to be worn on Maui’s sunny verandas. Searching for some serious funk? Tribal earrings, slick pants—even bongs that double as sculptures—can be found within this cozy, clever gem of a shop.
For women, there are few better ways to take home a slice of paradise than with a cute suit—especially one that evokes basking on Maui’s beaches.
Find that delight at The Bikini Market on the island’s south side. Small but sweet, this hip boutique showcases one of the choicest selections of quality suits on the Valley Isle. (Acacia, Cocobelle, and Issa De’Mar are just a few of their eminent labels.) Sun hats, key rings, and journals perfect for seaside doodling are also offered, as well as delicate pieces of jewelry that are bound to earn you compliments.
Established in 1970, Village Galleries Maui is the oldest art boutique on the island—and of the most remarkable.
Featuring works by over 100 Hawaii-based artists, the two galleries—one in Lahaina, the other in the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua—exhibit pieces in a number of mediums, including marine life recreated in copper bronze, raku tea kettles in ocean colors, and Hawaiian petroglyphs rendered in gold. This is the place to reinvent your home with a tropical bent—and the boutique to find something truly unusual. Visit their website before trekking in: Both galleries frequently present special events.
Founded more than two decades ago by a couple who’s committed to offering unique interpretations of Hawaii’s beauty, Ki’i Gallery—which translates to petroglyph in Hawaiian—features hand-blown glassworks by the finest European and American artists. (Think: vivid jellyfish suspended in bubbled glass.)
Original prints and paintings depicting Hawaii’s majesty are also for sale, as well as Tahitian pearl jewelry and Maui-made rings and necklaces. With two locations in Wailea—one at The Shops, and one tucked into the Grand Wailea—visiting one of these galleries is an event in itself.
Tangible souvenirs may offer lasting gladness, but you and your loved ones will experience a different kind of joy by giving back to the Maui community.
A number of nonprofit organizations welcome charitable donations, whether it’s movie tickets for Women Helping Women, volunteered time at Habitat for Humanity, or monetary gifts to the Pacific Primate Sanctuary. You might not be able to place such souvenirs on your shelf—or wrap and tie with a ribbon—but sometimes the greatest gifts of all are found in, well, giving.