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Kauai Shopping

Forever Kauai
8171 Kekaha Road
Kekaha , Hawaii
96752
Tel: 808 337 2888

A Niihau shell lei—lustrous strands of delicate shells, no bigger than a baby's fingernail, plucked from the sands of the privately owned island of Niihau—can sell for upward of $10,000. Why are they so expensive? A single lei-maker would need over five years to collect enough shells of the same shape and color to make a classic five-strand lei. While families do work together to speed things up, the process is still painstaking. State law mandates that only leis made out of 80 percent Niihau shells can be called Niihau shell leis, but cheap knockoffs abound, and even authentic Niihau leis vary in quality. The only way to be sure to get what you're paying for is to buy from a reputable seller, like Forever Kauai, located in Kekaha on the west coast of Kauai. The shop is modest and stuffed with cheap matching Hawaiian shirts and muumuus, but the leis, varying in color from gray blue to hot pink, are exquisite. You can start with a simple $50 pair of earrings or a $250 single-strand choker, or go whole hog for a multistrand piece sure to become a family heirloom.—Cathay Che

Open daily 9 am to 5 pm.

Malie Boutique
2-2560 Kaumualii Highway
Kalaheo , Hawaii
96741
Tel: 808 332 6220
www.malie.com

Malie's fruit, flower, and vine essences—gathered from the Garden Isle's rain forests and rich volcanic soil—are an all-natural way to bring the scents of the islands home with you. This boutique's star item is the Kokee room spray (or, if you prefer, reed diffuser) that perfectly captures the green scent of the native Hawaiian maile vine. Liquid hand soaps and lotions make good souvenirs if you're checking bags; otherwise, opt for an eco- and TSA-friendly soy candle. There are also spa kits and cases of Kona Red, an antioxidant elixir made of coffee berry skins (Hawaii's answer to açaí) that you can ship home. Prices vary, but the tab will likely be less than a treatment at the Grand Hyatt Spa, which uses Malie products.—Cathay Che

Open Mondays through Fridays 9 am to 4 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.