Hawaii is the newest of the 50 states of the United States, and the only state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of the archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. Because it is located in the center of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii has many North American and influences from Asia, with its own native culture active. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oahu.


Shopping on Kauai is largely a boutique-size experience. Most of the retail stores you’ll find here are small. Merchandise leans toward resort wear, island art and designs, Hawaiian jewelry, surf wear, exotic flowers and local produce. Kukui Grove, a shopping mall in Lihue, is the largest on the island with a Kmart and Borders Book Store nearby.

Wal-Mart, near the hospital in Lihue, is one of the busiest stores on the island. Liberty House, recently sold to Macy’s, and Hilo Hattie are the two largest department stores here. The boutiques-and there are many of them–are located in small shopping centers and large resorts throughout the island.