Whenever you go somewhere new, chances are you want to bring a little piece of that region home with you. We’ll venture a guess that, during your trip to the Hawaiian Islands, you’re going to be looking for the perfect little something to bring back – but we don’t want you to pick up some simple touristy item. You should go back with an authentic piece of Hawaii in your luggage!

Take a glimpse at the following items from the islands to consider bringing back with you and have your own souvenir scavenger hunt amidst the other excitement and thrills!

Coffee and Crack Seed

Have someone back home with a penchant for great flavors and unique tastes? Consider bringing them back some authentic Hawaiian coffee, crack seed, and homemade chocolates! Costa Rica isn’t the only region with roasted coffee beans. In fact, the Big Island of Hawaii is the only supplier of world-famous Kona coffee. Available in a variety of flavors, including coconut and macadamia, you can bring home several bags of whole beans for fresh, home brewed coffee.

To go with that cup of joe, pick up a supply of crack seed, or li hing mui. It’s a local snack typically made from dried and preserved fruits. It’s a simple snack to make and originated with long-distance merchants, who needed something other than rice that could sustain their lengthy travels.


Nothing says “Hawaii” more than an authentic lei. Unlike the plastic ones you may find at a party store, an authentic Hawaiian lei has personality and natural beauty to it. While they’re typically made from local flowers, don’t expect those to last your trip home. Instead, consider picking up a kukui or ni’ihau shell lei. They’ll survive the trip back home and convey the same offering of friendship and love.


Maybe you have a music lover waiting for you back home. What better gift than an authentic ukulele? An authentic ukulele can be pricey, especially if made from native koa wood, but you can still get the authenticity you want by avoiding name-branded and imported ukuleles.

You can even come home with some tips on how to use it if you attend a Hawaiian luau. It’s likely that someone at the luau will know how to play the ukulele.

Oh, and say it like a local, “uku lele,” not “you kuh lele.”


Maybe the cheapest souvenir one can get, pictures of your experience also say the most about the Hawaiian Islands. There are plenty of places where photo opportunities of the amazing scenery await, but fewer places give better vantage points than, say, ziplining over the island!

North Shore Zipline with Climbworks

Modern harnesses and safety equipment allow you the freedom to grab your camera and snap off some photos as you zip down a series of cables. There’s no gift better than the gift of beauty, and when you dish out some framed photographs of the Hawaiian landscape, beauty is precisely what you’re giving.