During my recent honeymoon, my husband and I decided to bum around the only "mall" on the island of Maui. As with everything on this 49-mile wide stretch of land, expect the prices of items in the stores to put your wallet in spasms of pain. However, this particular store was a bit of a novelty, even if most of the items would have been risky to transport on the plane, if not illegal (a lot of neat carved knives, for instance).
This is an upscale trinket and keepsake store. Think Hawaiian Hallmark, without the cards. They have all sorts of Hawaiian-made soaps, candles, lots of things with coconut and bamboo, rings, Christmas ornaments, letter openers, etc. The layout is nice too, with all sorts of browsing room and nice glass cases for the more precious materials.
My husband and I picked up two rings here, made out of Koa wood inlaid into sterling silver. They are lovely rings, and come with a cute story about the history of Koa wood. They are also pretty unique... I mean, how meany people walk around with a woodgrain ring? We paid about $60 for the two of them, and they came with a giftbox and were polished in the store.
If you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood, I recommend at least a perusal. Let's be serious, when you're vacationing, you will probably buy something from here anyway. Which is why I am sure they exist in the first place.
Maui is, afterall, one giant tourist trap.