Though famous for its scenery, climate and cerulean blue sea, Maui harbors another little gem—shopping.
Some of the best browsing comes in the form of walking up and down the streets of towns like Makawao, Pa‘ia, Kihei and Lahaina. Not only do you get to soak up the sunshine between stops, but you also get to experience each town’s unique character and local clientele.
For example, you will find cowboy boots in upcountry Makawao, a paniolo town; and upscale boutiques, scrimshaw and fine art in Lahaina, a historical whaling town. Surfer vibes mix with island fashion and healthy, tasty food in Pa‘ia. And aloha wear can be found island-wide, from thrift shops to upscale department stores showcasing designer inspirations.
If what you’re looking for is more upscale and exclusive, Maui boasts numerous luxury shopping destinations that offer a mix of well-known designer boutiques, galleries and shops featuring artisans from Maui and around the world.
Azeka Shopping Center, 1280 S. Kihei Rd, is the largest shopping center in Kihei. There are more than 50 shops and restaurants.
KalamaVillage, 1941 S. Kihei Rd., is an open-air arts and crafts fair with 50 specialty shops offering island treasures at reasonable prices.
Lahaina Cannery Mall is Maui’s only fully enclosed, air-conditioned shopping mall. There are more than 50 shops and restaurants plus free parking. Keiki (children’s) hula shows can be seen Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and Polynesian dancers appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Maui Marketplace on Dairy Road in Kahului is the place to find popular chain stores like Borders Books & Music and Starbucks.
Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center is the largest mall on the island. Located in Kahului, the center has a movie theater, retail shops and a food court.
The Shops at Wailea is a high-end destination with a collection of more than 70 island-chic shops, galleries and restaurants. You’ll find a diverse range of stores from Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta to Maui-exclusive boutiques.
Whalers Village at Ka‘anapali Beach features more than 50 shops ranging from local favorites and designer boutiques to fine-dining restaurants and free entertainment.