Hilo has a wide variety of shopping from large malls to small gift shops, local stores and box stores. This page describes major shopping malls and stores in Hilo with pictures and addresses.
Hilo is a cash economy. Folks go shopping when they get their paychecks. Businesses respond by timing their sales around paydays and food stamp distribution. Coupon books are sent in the mail to alert everyone to the sales.
Prince Kuhio Plaza Mall is the largest covered mall in East Hawaii and maybe the Big Island. Sears and Macy's are the anchor stores (there are 2 Macy stores) and there is a 9-screen Movie Theatre. The fully enclosed mall has a food court, restaurants, clothing stores, Gamestop, Radio Shack, etc. Check out the link above to see all the stores in the mall. In the mornings, it is a popular place for walkers and IHop is open with earlybird specials and senior citizen prices.
The mall has a lot of activities and events in addition to shopping and during the holidays it is a major attraction with Santa and lots of decorations. It hosts Astroday, health fairs, and numerous other community events.
Puainako Center at 2100 Kanoelehua Ave is a shopping complex with the KTA superstore, Foodland Sack N Save, Checker Auto Parts, restaurants, and some Hawaii county offices (the sewer department in particular).
This KTA is our favorite place to shop for food. They have the best selection of local Hawaiian and Japanese food products (see more about food in Hilo) and all the Asian seasonings and soups that we love.
Hilo Shopping Center at 1261 Kilauea Ave is a small shopping center with small businesses, shops and restaurants, some are inside an air conditioned portion of the mall. The mall has become very popular since Island Naturals has moved in providing a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Walmart - 325 Makaala St.
This is a typical Walmart except that parking is tight due to other nearby stores. When a cruise ship is in town the place is packed with tourists buying Kona coffee, mac nuts and made-in-china Hawaiian junk. If there is a ship in town, we avoid it. But it is a great place to buy cheap paper towels, TP and videos.
Office Max and Ross Dress for Less - 311 Makaala St.
It is great to have an Office Max for printer ink and office supplies. These stores share the parking lot with Walmart.
A Game Stop and banks and restaurants are located in the same area (there is another Game Stop in the Mall).
Home Depot - 380 Makaala Street
Home depot has a huge selection of building supplies, electrical supplies, porch furniture. They have experts to help with questions and a place to take batteries for recycling (don't dump them in the garbage!).
HPM - 380 Kanoelehua Avenue
HPM (Hawaii Planing Mill) was started in Hilo as lumber mill. Now they provide lumber as well building supplies and house kits in their main store in Hilo as well as stores elsewhere on the island. HPM is unusual in that it is 100% owned by its employees. It has some building supplies you can't find at other places.
Ben Franklin Crafts 333 Kilauea Ave
Ben Franklin is a main supplier for arts and crafters. At Christmas time it is packed with people buying supplies to make handcrafted gifts and create beautiful wrappings.
CostULess- 715 Kinoole St.
CostULess is like a mini-Costco. (The island's only COSTCO is on the Kona side) The store has a similar set up as COSTCO with racks to the ceiling of large sized products shipped in from the mainland. You do not have to join - and there are no tourists to deal with (like Walmart and COSTCO). For some paper, pasta, and drink products. it can be a real cost savings over local grocery stores.
Safeway Makaala St. (across from Home Depot)
A new Safeway opened in 2011 next to a new Target store below, replacing an older, smaller Safeway store next to the Mall.
Target Makaala St.
Target store opened in Hilo on July 2011 next to the new Safeway store. The 154000-square-foot store is the second on Hawaii Island; the other store is in Kona.
Walgreens 301 E Makaala St.
Walgreens opened in 2011 in the former Borders Books building. It shares the parking lot with Walmart store.
Ace Hardware 660 Kilauea Ave
Ace is a place to get pesticide, de-humidifiers, water filters, and lots more that needed for living in Hilo. They not only have the products, they have people that can tell you how to use them and how to maintain a house in the tropics. Ace is a crowded place making it sometimes challenging to get into the parking lot.
Longs Drug Store 555 Kilauea Ave
Longs can have some good deals, particularly on booze.
This is the Longs near downtown; there is another Longs next to the Prince Kuhio mall.
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