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Trip List by Sashasmommy

My top souvenir finds on Kauai

12 May 2006  My trip to Kauai, May 3-10, 2006
4.0 of 5 stars based on 14 votes

Souvenir hunting is one of my favorite pastimes on a vacation... here are some of the things that "hit me" on Kauai.

Here's a link to a picture, you don't have to sign in, just click on the picture and it should work. And since it won't let me have a word length of more than 25, I've put spaces in this URL, you'll have to take them out after you paste into your browser. http://www. takeapick.com/ Kauai-Souvenirs_27H

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Shopping
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Fall
  • 1. Oyster diving at Maui Divers - Plumeria pendant with peach colored pearl

    At the Maui Divers counter in Hilo Hatties, you can choose an oyster to find the pearl inside. I'm sure they're not high quality pearls, but it's fun anyway. Then you buy the setting and they put it right on there for you. The gold is expensive, so this was my one splurge item

  • 2. Turtle bracelet and Bali Lime Papaya soap at Hilo Hatties

    I didn't even see the bracelet rack, but after we left the store, I fell so in love with the turtle bracelets that my sister bought for herself and her friend (the last two in the store, of course) that she finally gave me the one she bought for her friend. The Bali Lime Papaya Soap by Pacifica smells soooo good. The other scents are too sweet...

  • 3. Wooden art by the Le Family at West Kauai Craft Fair

    These beautiful pieces of art are made by piecing together different types of wood. Supposedly none of it is stained, all the colors are natural, and they give you a little card that tells you what kind of wood is what color. They had various ones ranging from a smaller magnet ($6) to the larger fish and turtles (two for $35), and then the large sea scapes with fish, dolphins, seaweed, etc for $55. They even broke open a package for me when I wanted a fish out of one box but the turtle out of the other. He said "I'll do anything you want as long as you have money!"

    Note: You'll find these exact same pieces at the vendors at Spouting Horn, but they charge REDICULOUS prices there... one for $29 when you can get two for $35 at the craft fair.

  • 4. Turtle magnet from vendor at Spouting Horn

    I always have to buy a magnet from my vacation spot, but hadn't found anything that I liked yet. I saw these magnets at Spouting Horn, and though I figured I could probably get it cheaper somewhere else (this was the same lady that was selling the wood art for $29), I hadn't seen it anywhere else, so I bought it -- it was only $3. Interestingly enough, the vendor two carts down from her was selling the exact same magnet for $5.

  • 5. Red dirt shirt from the Red Dirt Store

    Well, you just have to have one, don't you?? I got the one that says "Life is Short. Play Dirty." When you walk in the store, you are immediately checked out by their official greeter/security guard, Raven -- an ADORABLE black lab who prances in a way that I've never really seen a lab prance.

    They also have coffee dyed shirts, and blue ones, too.

    The store is somewhere between Poipu and Hanapepe I think. We saw it on the way to Waimea Canyon.

  • 6. Kauai Kookies

    The factory store has the latest flavors that are not available in the other stores, but you can buy the regular flavors pretty much anywhere including Walmart and the grocery store. Try the Lavender Shortbread... it's a little weird, but good!

    These are good souvenirs to bring home to friends and co-workers because they're cheap.

  • 7. Sarongs and vintage Hawaiian art prints from Walmart

    Walmart has a wide variety of beautiful printed sarongs for only $6 (for the short ones). Art prints are $5-$10 depending on size.

    They have a large section of Hawaiian souvenirs including plants and seeds that you can take home like Bird of Paradise and Plumeria.

  • 8. Maui by Design Inside painted glass ornament from Rainbow Ducks

    I have bought one of these every time I've been to Hawaii (one on Maui, one on the Big Island, and now one on Kauai). They are made by a woman (I think it's a woman anyway!) who lives on Maui. Now that I have three, I will be displaying them on one of those brass ornament trees in my bedroom (along with my vintage art prints from Walmart).

    Rainbow Ducks is the name of the store (well, that's what the receipt says) They are located behind the Bubba's Burgers in Hanalei.

  • 9. Maui Onion and 'Alaea Sea Salt Breadsticks by Kauai Breadstick Company

    You can buy these anywhere including Walmart, the grocery store, many fruit stands, and the Top Top Cafe. These are also good take-home souvenirs because they're cheap, if you can get them home without breaking them all up!

  • 10. Arare Snack Mix from Walmart

    I think you can buy this at health food stores anywhere, or at least something like it. But it's still good to munch on or take home.

  • 11. Tropical flower bouquet from Hanapepe farmers market

    We were lucky enough to hit a farmers market on first day we were there, and in addition to getting fresh pineapple and apple bananas, we got a beautiful bouquet of flowers to adorn the condo. It was only $5 and we enjoyed them all week.