Top 8 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home

Planning a trip to Hawaii and want to know what to bring back from Hawaii? Scroll to find out the best Hawaiian souvenirs to buy on your next Hawaiian vacation.

1. Ukulele

A huge symbol of Hawaiian entertainment resides in the little wooden instrument called the Ukulele. It’s pronounced ooh-koo-leh-leh (not YOO-koo-lay-lay.)

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: Hawaiian ukuleles

The Hawaiian Ukulele is a very popular Hawaii souvenir that is calming when played correctly, reminding you of the relaxing time you had during your stay.

The best part of a gift like this is that is pleases both the young and the old, and everyone in between.

Playing the ukulele is super popular right now and many schools offer ukulele programs. There are also community groups all over the Mainland where people can practice their ukulele skills.

The biggest thing to look for is whether it’s a “real” instrument or a toy. The toy versions can be found at Walmart, the ABC Store, and basically any tourist shop in Hawaii.

Sometimes they are painted bright colors or have designs on them.

The toy versions make the best Hawaii gifts for kids and they can make fun home decor.

But, if you are serious about playing the ukulele, you’ll want to invest in a high quality instrument. Lanikai Ukuleles are based on Oahu and you can visit their store and test out several models.

For a more budget-friendly option (especially if the ukulele is for a child learning to play), I recommend Pomaikai ukuleles.

Not only are they affordable, but they come in a variety of super cute colors and they make an awesome gift. Plus, you can order them on Amazon and save some suitcase space!

Bottom line: Ukuleles are cool things to buy in Hawaii no matter how old or young you are!

Find out my top Kids Ukuleles Worth Buying

2. Hawaiian Lei Necklaces

Flowered necklaces (called leis) are another item that makes for a great Hawaiian souvenir. You can find silk versions or pick up fresh flower leis to bring home.

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: Woman wearing a Hawaiian lei

They sell fresh flower leis at the airport, so it’s easy to pick one up on your way home. And for silk leis, the best selections are at Walmart, Whaler’s General Store, and ABC Stores.

What’s really trendy on Instagram this year are haku leis (flower crowns.) You’ll see girls wearing long, flowy dresses and a haku lei on their head in tons of photos.

You can find fresh flower haku leis at lots of local lei stands and at florist shops (although you probably want to order ahead of time.)

The best place to find silk haku leis is at the Amazon. They have the best prices and selections for find exactly what you’re looking for, plus lots of other adorable souvenirs in Hawaii.

To bring them home, I recommend getting plastic containers so they don’t get crushed in your suitcase.

3. Jewelry From Hawaii

If you’re wondering what to buy in Hawaii that won”t take up much space, consider jewelry.

Taking home some of the finest small bits of Hawaiian jewelrymakes for a special gift for him or her.

They have all kinds of handcrafted earrings, bracelets, and rings that have a touch of Hawaii to them. Just be sure you’re buying the real thing.

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: Na Hoku is a popular Hawaiian jewelry brand

4. Kona Coffee

Consider taking home or giving to your coffee-loving friends some Kona coffee. This is one of the top gifts to bring back from Hawaii.

It’s also world-renowned for just how delicious a cup of coffee it makes.

While the best place to find Kona coffee is on the Big Island (especially if you visit one of their Kona coffee plantations), you can find Kona coffee anywhere in Hawaii.

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: Private Reserve Medium Roast 100% Kona Coffee
100% Kona Coffee. Photo credit: Royal Kona Coffee

Costco is a great place to find large quantities of Kona coffee (at a fraction of the price.) You can also check local grocery stores, Walmart, ABC Stores, and Long’s Drugs.

Some of the best brands are: Kona Sunrise, Royal Kona

Anytime you visit a new place, coffee is always a great Hawaiian souvenir to bring home to friends and family. It’s no wonder it’s one of the top things to buy in Hawaii.

5. Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts

One of the tastiest things to get from Hawaii are flavored macadamia nuts.

Most of the macadamia nuts that you come across while in Hawaii, come from the Big Island.

The most popular macadamia nut brand is Mauna Loa. They offer the classic chocolate covered macadamia nuts, as well as roasted nuts, flavored nuts, and my personal favorite honey roasted.

You can find Mauna Loa products all over the Mainland (including Costco.)

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: Spam Flavored Macadamia Nuts from Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company
Spam Flavored Macadamia Nuts. Photo credit: Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company

If you are looking for something special to the Big Island, check out Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company. Some of their top sellers include wasabi and spam flavored macadamia nuts!

They also offer several macadamia nut caramel corn options.

And for the most decadent macadamia nut treats, head to Big Island Candies. They sell specialty chocolate covered macadamia nuts, including one with potato chips!

Macadamia nuts are hands down the best Hawaiian snacks to bring home.

6. Hawaiian Shirt

Everybody needs an “aloha shirt.” There, I said it. And I think it’s the best gift from Hawaii because it spreads joy.

A Hawaiian shirt is very lightweight, cool to wear with bright tropical patterns that may draw a few jealous glances.

I love Hawaiian shirts because they literally go with everything and you can have fun picking them out for your loved ones. You will want to wear these for many years to come!

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: Reyn Spooner ORCHID BLOOM TAILORED FIT HOT CORAL
Orchid Bloom Aloha Shirt. Photo credit: Reyn Spooner

There is a large industry of Aloha wear in Hawaii. Some of the top (and most expensive) brands include Reyn Spooner, Tori Richard, Pineapple Juice.

You can also find affordable Hawaiian shirts at Costco and Macy’s. One of the cheapest places for Hawaiian shirts is at the Aloha Swap Meet.

But, you can also head to thrift shops and search for vintage Aloha shirts (which is a fun activity all in itself!)

Everyone needs to have a good Hawaiian shirt in their closet.

7. Hawaiian Quilt

If you are heading to Hawaii and need to bring something back for someone, consider bringing them back a blanket.

Hawaiian quilts are stunning pieces of art that can be used as wall hangings, bed spreads, or as blankets.

Missionaries taught Hawaiian women the art of quilt making in the early 1800s and it’s transformed throughout the decades into a very distinct style of applique featuring Hawaiian plants and flowers.

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: Hawaiian Bedspread-Breadfruit Pattern 3
Hawaiian Breadfruit Quilt Pattern. Photo credit: Moana Quilts

If you want a one-of-a-kind quilt, your best bet is to head to a craft show. That’s a great way to ensure you’ll be getting unique gifts from Hawaii that aren’t mass produced.

Moana Quilts in Waikiki is another great place to find Hawaiian quilts. They also sell adorable Hawaiian quilts for babies that would make the ultimate baby shower gift!

And Hawaiian Quilt Collection has several locations on Oahu and the Big Island and they sell some of the cutest quilted bags and kitchen accessories.

It gets cold almost everywhere else, so a Hawaiian blanket always comes in handy.

8. Music from Hawaii

Top 13 Best Hawaiian Souvenirs to Bring Home featured by top US Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids

Every island in Hawaii is unique, but something they all have is music. If your family loves music and you are looking for something fun to bring home to them, consider Hawaiian music.

One of the most iconic Hawaiian musicians is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (lovingly referred to a “Bruddah Iz.”)

He’s the creator of the gorgeous “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” medley that has been in movies, TV shows, commercials, etc.

Keali’i Reichel is another world-famous Hawaiian musician who has won countless awards. He’s also behind the music at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. You can find the Aulani soundtrack on Amazon.

You can also discover new talent by listening to live music at restaurants/bars and walking around town. There is always going to be a musician out there that is selling their tunes.

Stock up and bring it home for the whole world to hear.


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