Top 10 Places to Buy Maui Souvenirs

Aloha! This blog is for all of our readers who are wondering where to go for the best souvenir shopping on Maui. When you plan out your trip to Maui, you may not be concerned about where you’re going to be shopping. Believe us though; once you arrive on the island and start enjoying all of the amazing things that this island has to offer, you are going to love the thought of bringing gifts back to all of your friends and family!

Best Places Buy Souvenirs Maui

Is there a more perfect gift to bring your loved ones than a piece of one of the most beautiful places on Earth? We have compiled the most up-to-date list of the best in-the-know spots for buying Maui souvenirs. Whether you are looking for more common Hawaiian-style tourist gifts or something with a bit more soul, we’ve got you! Read on to find our list of the 10 Best Places to Buy Souvenirs on Maui.

Although there are many individual places where you can shop and peruse, this is a list of winners across several regions on Maui. No matter what, please make your visit to Maui the very best! This island is truly magical, and not everyone gets the chance to see our shores. Please, come with grace, and visit us with love and respect. The Island of Maui is, as they say, No Ka Oi (The Best)!

Top 10 Places to Buy Souvenirs on Maui

Paia Town

There is just so much to say about the beautiful and bohemian Town of Paia. This “Shopper Paradise” offers way more than your eye can see! The Historical Town of Paia has deep roots in Maui’s agricultural history. To this day it is still garnished by old store fronts and easy beach town country vibes. Once the Counter Culture Revolution of the 1960’s left San Francisco, there’s no doubt that the real deal hippies set sail for Maui.

Opening new businesses and adding their own flair, Paia Town then became influenced by a whole new demographic of artsy, educated, conscious hippie types. With the indigenous local surf culture, and the wave of windsurfing migrants during the 1980’s, Paia became known as a secret gem for all kinds of fun-loving internationals who just wanted to kick back and enjoy their lives to the fullest!

Today, Paia Town is still the backseat heartbeat of Maui County. It is a one-stoplight town that might just be responsible for all of the unforeseen trends that can be seen at any given time throughout the Hawaiian Islands. We love Paia Town so much! From the surf shops to the galleries, yoga studios, one-of-a-kind boutiques, the Paia Tattoo Gallery, coffee shops, restaurants, and the best health food store in the world (Mana Foods), Paia is the epitome of Hawaii small town charm. Next time you’re on the island, do not miss out on the chance to visit Paia, Maui’s secret crown jewel.

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Maui Swap Meet

Since 1981, the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului has been the largest of its kind on the Valley Isle. We love this market for so many reasons, but it’s most well known for its wide range of souvenirs and gifts. You can find all of the kitschy Hawaiian-style souvenirs you could want to bring back for friends and family. They have keychains, coconut postcards, false flowers for your hair, and so much more!

One of the things that makes this market so awesome the host of local vendors who make unique Maui-made gifts. They have locally made jewelry, art, crafts, plants, packaged foods, and more. You can also find a wide range of Maui-grown produce and fresh flowers from the food vendors, many of whom offer samples of their locally grown foods. When visiting the Kahului Swap Meet, we suggest that you arrive early to beat the mid-morning parking traffic and the mid-day Central Maui heat!

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In Upcountry on the slopes of Mount Haleakala is where you’ll find Maui’s famed cowboy country! Since the days when Spanish and Portuguese settlers first laid their roots on Maui, Makawao has become a town known for its paniolo (Spanish cowboy) nature. Without a doubt, Makawao is the most charming and laid back community on Maui. In Makawao Town, guests will find an array of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and healing centers.

Just 10 minutes up Baldwin Avenue from the Historic Town of Paia, Makawao is the perfect place to spend a few fun hours shopping, taking photos, eating and talking story with local business owners. If you’re visiting Makawao on a Wednesday, make sure to check out the weekly Farmers Market (9 am-1 pm) at the Po’okela Church up Olinda Road. Here, you’ll find 100% local Maui produce and gift vendors. If you’re visiting Maui during the summer, do not miss out on their annual 4th of July Parade and Rodeo. This is a wonderful chance to really engage with Maui’s Upcountry culture.

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Nahiku Marketplace

Just 6 miles before Hana Town, right around Mile Marker 29, you’ll find the Nahiku Marketplace. Over the past 8 years or so, the Nahiku Marketplace has transitioned from a place with a few local vendors to a mini village full of tropical fun.

While you’re en route to Hana, this is a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat, some fresh coconut water and juices, a coffee, or some locally made souvenirs. At Nahiku Marketplace, guests can find a surplus of locally made gifts, including shell and semiprecious stone jewelry, spiritual icons, woven goods, woodwork, glass art, surf art, rare home decor pieces, paintings and more. This is a must-stop on the road to Hana; you never know just what you’ll find here!

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Shops at Wailea

On Maui’s South Shore, visitors will love the location of The Shops at Wailea. Seated in the heart of one of Maui’s most luxurious resort communities, this is the perfect place to shop in paradise for all your souvenir needs. This beautiful open-air, two-story mall is home to more than 70 diverse boutiques, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Shops at Wailea offers an array of choices that range from mid to high-end souvenirs. Guests will find popular brands such as Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and The Gap, as well as some island-style favorites like Blue Ginger and Tommy Bahama. Also, Canyon Beachwear, Honolua Surf Co. and Billabong are great places to pick up board shorts, bikinis, and Hawaii beach attire. Shops at Wailea also has one of the nicest and largest ABC’s Stores on Maui. This is the ideal place to pick up all of your sundries, aloha gift baskets, and Maui souvenirs.

You and your family will enjoy strolling through this impressive mall and visiting its many boutiques and fantastic art galleries. They also have free entertainment from time to time, such as a Polynesian show with hula dancers accompanied by traditional Hawaiian music. Free parking is available with a minimum purchase, making the Shops at Wailea a convenient stop for buying holiday gifts on Maui.

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Artists’ Showcase at the Four Seasons

The Artists’ Showcase at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea is one of the most fabulous and intimate ways to discover art on Maui. Pore over local artist vendors while strolling through an ocean breeze-filled resort walkway.

The Artists’ Showcase takes place everyday between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm. If you’re in Wailea for the day, do not miss out on this luxurious and tropical art extravaganza.

Some of the local art featured here includes hand-painted silks by textile artist Brenda Kennerly, contemporary female form paintings by Lori Koprowski, Hawaiian wood sculptures by Arthur Dennis Williams, ocean photography by the fabulous Cesere Brothers (who also have a gallery in Paia), amazing tropical oil paintings by the beautiful Anna Keay, island-inspired ceramics by Curt Stevens, unique Maui-made jewelry by Kathy U’u, and so much more.

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Kalama Village

Kalama Village Shopping Center is on South Kihei Road in front of Kamaole Beach. The actual address is 1941 South Kihei Road, but you’d have better luck if you just look for Kihei Caffe or Local Boy Shave Ice from the road. There is plenty of parking behind Kalama Village, or you can find run-off parking across the street in the strip mall where Foodland is.

Kalama Village offers guests more than 40 specialty shops and over 12 restaurants and bars. This locale is by far the easiest place to go to find souvenirs on Maui. Most of the village is shaded, and there’s definitely something for everyone tucked into all the nooks and crannies.

Are you out shopping with a family member who’d rather be watching a football or baseball game? No worries! There’s plenty of sports bars nearby. Depending on what time of day you visit Kalama Village, you can find live music, karaoke or local arts and crafts demonstrations. This is a great place to check out if you want to grab all your gifts at once! It is possible to go to Kalama Village and grab earrings for your sister, coffee for your dad, t-shirts for your cousins, shave ice for your kids, clothes and lingerie for you (visit Mahina and the Love Shack), and a couple of beers for your husband (while he’s waiting for you at the South Shore Tiki Lounge). Just sayin’!

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Whalers Village

At Whalers Village in Ka’anapali, guests can enjoy the beach and shopping all in one day! Whalers Village is actually pretty amazing because it’s both indoor and outdoor, just steps from the sand, and close to a host of dining and leisure options. If you’re traveling with a large group, Whalers is perfect because not only is the beach just steps away, but there are always a bunch of activities going on.

Find the time to shop on your own and grab everything you need while your family is totally entertained. If you don’t think you’ll have the time to make it to a luau, but you really want your kids to see a traditional hula performance and have a chance to make their own flower lei, this is your stop! Whalers Village also offers a wealth of shopping experiences, from local kiosk vendors to TravisMathew, Oakley stores, and Louis Vuitton, plus a variety of daily and weekly activities.

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If you happen to find yourself looking for a place to eat after adventuring through Iao Valley, or if you’re just cruising around Central Maui, definitely make time to stop and shop in Wailuku Town.

Here, you can see old colonial architecture, Maui County’s downtown buildings, and historic churches. While you’re at it, make sure to check out Main Street. Main Street is a super cool place for souvenir shopping on Maui because it’s like a melting pot of small businesses. In just a few short blocks, visitors can find vintage clothing, tattoo shops, a variety of pawn shops, rare boutiques, music stores, yoga studios, farmers’ markets, art galleries, and more.

When in Wailuku, we suggest that you check out Request Music to search for rare musical finds, grab a coffee and lunch at Wailuku Coffee Company, or a smoothie at Farmacy Bar. Then, check out Wahine Love for local clothing designs, Native Intelligence for Hawaiian crafts and education, and Paradise Pawn Shop for rare and historical Maui treasures. Visitors can easily spend a couple of hours shopping in Wailuku.

The vibe in Wailuku Town is continually evolving. See art installations, hear live music, find vegan cafes, and really connect with the pulse of this Maui community. There are so many one-of-a-kind gifts to find in this Central Maui hot spot.

Wailuku is a town with so many hidden gems worth discovering. Make sure to check it out!

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Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra is a marketing professional with a passion for writing about travel to the Hawaiian Islands, vacation rentals, and luxury real estate. She exposes readers to glimpses of 'Old Hawaii,' new destinations to explore, local events, and all the best things to do on Maui.