best souvenirs from hawaii

1. Hawaiian shirts (Aloha shirts)

These shirts are not just for tourists; they’re worn by locals for casual occasions as well. The vibrant patterns often feature native Hawaiian plants, marine life, or traditional motifs.

2. Lei

Lei are commonly given to greet visitors or to mark special occasions like graduations or weddings. They can be made from a variety of materials, including flowers, leaves, shells, or even kukui nuts.

woman wearing flower headband

3. Jewelry

Puka shell necklaces are made from small, round, white shells found on Hawaiian beaches. Koa wood, native to Hawaii, is often used in the creation of bracelets, rings, and earrings. Traditional Hawaiian silver jewelry may feature designs such as honu (turtles) or plumeria flowers.

4. Macadamia nuts

Hawaii is one of the world’s leading producers of macadamia nuts. These creamy, buttery nuts are often sold in various flavors such as roasted, salted, chocolate-covered, or in tropical mixes.

white round ceramic bowls with white round nuts

5. Pineapple-themed items

Pineapples have been grown in Hawaii since the 1800s and are an important symbol of hospitality. You can find pineapple-shaped keychains, magnets, candles, and even clothing.

6. Hawaiian quilts

Traditional Hawaiian quilts feature symmetrical appliqué designs inspired by nature, such as flowers, leaves, or waves. Each quilt is handcrafted and tells a story through its unique patterns.

7. Ukulele

The ukulele was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in the 19th century and has since become synonymous with Hawaiian music. Visitors can purchase ukuleles ranging from inexpensive souvenirs to high-quality, handcrafted instruments.

8. Kona coffee

Kona coffee is grown on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its smooth, rich flavor and low acidity make it highly sought after by coffee connoisseurs worldwide.

9. Tropical fruits

Hawaii’s tropical climate allows for cultivating a wide variety of fruits, including mangoes, papayas, lychees, and pineapples. Dried fruit snacks are convenient for travelers and can be enjoyed long after returning home.

10. Sea Salt

Known for its purity and unique flavor, Hawaiian sea salt is harvested through a traditional process that involves evaporating seawater in salt ponds. It comes in different textures and flavors, ranging from fine to coarse, and is often used to enhance the taste of local dishes.

11. Hawaiian Tiki Statues

Tiki statues are carved representations of Polynesian gods or deities. They come in various sizes and materials, including wood, stone, and resin. Tiki statues are often used as decorative items in homes or gardens.

best souvenirs from hawaii

12. Hula Dolls

These miniature figurines depict dancers performing the traditional Hawaiian hula dance. They’re typically dressed in grass skirts and leis and are cute collectibles or dashboard ornaments.

13. Coconut Products

Coconuts are abundant in Hawaii, and you can find a variety of coconut-based products such as coconut oil, coconut soap, and coconut-based snacks. 

man holding coconut fruit

14. Sweets and Treats

Indulge in Hawaii’s sweet treats like chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, coconut candies, and lilikoi (passion fruit) jams. 

15. Art Prints

Local artists in Hawaii create beautiful prints inspired by the islands’ natural beauty, culture, and history. These prints often feature scenes of beaches, volcanoes, marine life, and traditional Hawaiian symbols.

aerial view of green and brown mountains and lake

16. Hawaiian Pareo (Sarong)

Pareo, or sarongs, are versatile pieces of fabric worn as clothing or used as beach towels, picnic blankets, or wraps. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, often featuring tropical motifs like flowers, palm trees, or ocean waves.

17.  Kukui Nut Leis and Jewelry

Kukui nuts, also known as candlenuts, are traditionally used to make leis and jewelry in Hawaii. The nuts are polished and strung together to create beautiful and durable accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

18. Hawaiian Calendars and Postcards

Calendars featuring stunning photographs of Hawaii’s landscapes, beaches, and wildlife are popular souvenirs. Postcards with scenic views or vintage Hawaiian designs are also great for sending greetings to friends and family back home.

19. Hawaiian Cookbooks

Take home the flavors of Hawaii with a cookbook featuring recipes inspired by the islands’ diverse culinary traditions. From traditional dishes like poi and laulau to modern interpretations of Hawaiian fusion cuisine, these cookbooks offer a taste of aloha you can recreate in your own kitchen.

20. Surfing and Beach Gear

For visitors who enjoy water sports, surfing, or spending time at the beach, Hawaii offers a wide range of souvenirs such as surfboards, beach towels, snorkeling gear, and waterproof phone cases.

time lapse photography surfer in wave water

21. Tapa Cloth

Tapa cloth, also known as kapa, is a traditional Polynesian textile made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. Authentic tapa cloth is handcrafted and decorated with intricate designs and patterns using natural dyes. It can be framed as art or used as a decorative wall hanging.

22. Fishhooks (Makau)

In Hawaiian culture, fishhooks are considered symbols of strength, prosperity, and good luck. Carved from materials like bone, wood, or stone, these traditional artifacts make meaningful and unique souvenirs.

23. Carvings and Woodwork

Local artisans in Hawaii create beautiful carvings and woodwork using native woods like koa, milo, and kamani. Look for hand-carved sculptures, bowls, utensils, and traditional Hawaiian implements like poi pounders and ku’i kalo (taro pounding boards).

24. Scented Candles and Incense

Bring the fragrances of Hawaii into your home with scented candles and incense featuring tropical aromas like plumeria, pikake (jasmine), tiare (gardenia), or coconut. An aromatic reminder of your time in paradise.

25. Artisanal Foods

Explore Hawaii’s culinary scene with artisanal foods like locally made jams, preserves, honey, and hot sauces. 

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