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NATIVE BOOKS/NA MEA HAWAI'I
1050 Ala Moana Blvd.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa
2005 Kalia Rd.
A lot of allegedly Hawaiian souvenirs are really made in the Philippines or Malaysia, but not at this classy Hawaiian-run book, gift and souvenir shop. All the handicrafts, jewelry, clothing, body-care lotions and potions and whatnot sold here are made in the Hawaiian Islands. OK, maybe some of the books are printed elsewhere—but they’re all about Hawaii. Titles range from scholarly works on history and language to guides covering Hawaiian birds, fish and hiking to collections of local recipes for anything from tropical rum cocktails to Spam. (NB: The gift shop at the Hilton Hawaii Village in Waikiki stocks only a few books.) There are sometimes classes on Hawaiian crafts, such as lauhala weaving, and Hawaiian musicians perform regularly in the miniature amphitheater outside. Check the store’s Web site for the calendar of events.
ALOHA STADIUM SWAP MEET
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.
With more than 500 vendors arranged in concentric circles around the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium, there’s simply too much variety here to convey with a few examples. But for starters: Hawaiian jams, jellies, honey and doll clothing; Bob Marley bumper stickers and other reggae gift items; custom-made Hawaiian jewelry; and handbags and accessories. There’s also an amazing concession stand that sells Hawaiian food. Go early, before the die-hard collectors snatch up all the vintage silky aloha shirts and hula-girl lamps liberated by garage sales, and before the sun heats up the asphalt parking lot to desert temperatures.