LIHUE — Kauai’s retailers are ready for what is expected to be the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
And, boy, the deals are out there.
Punzal Vision in the Hokulei Village Shopping Center is holding its annual Black Friday event from 6 to 8 a.m. All store items will be 30 percent off, the first 25 people in line get a $100 gift certificate and there will be a $500 cash prize drawing.
Aloha Furniture Gallery is having a storewide sale on Friday and Saturday in their 10,000-square-foot showroom on Umi Street in Lihue.
Deja Vu Surf Hawaii at Kukui Grove Center is offering free T-shirts to the first 100 customers with a purchase of $50 or more. And on Saturday, the first 50 customers with a purchase of $50 or more get a free backpack. All regular-priced items are 30 percent off Friday until 10 a.m., so get there early. Doors open at 7 a.m.
“Consumers will be shopping all weekend and retailers will be ready to meet the demand,” National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
“Retail is a vibrant, dynamic and competitive industry, but one thing is certain — consumers are the winners no matter which day or which way they shop,” Shay said.
Stores on Kauai and across the country are gearing up for the start of the holiday shopping season, advertising sales they hope will encourage Americans to get out and do what they do best: buy stuff.
According to a recent poll, their efforts are likely to pay off — a survey conducted by The Harris Poll found that over two-thirds of Americans are likely to shop on Black Friday this year.
So if you plan to hit the sales after Thanksgiving dinner or think you may drag yourself out of bed Friday morning to do some shopping while you cradle a food baby and nurse a lingering hangover, here are some of the best deals on the island. Check the ads in this paper for more details and coupons.
For deals on gold and silver, visit Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry. Their sale lasts until next Friday and features 14-carat gold bangles from $539. The sterling silver version is just $119.
Metalhaus on Haleukana Street in Lihue is having a Black Friday clearance sale on professional car detailing products.
Many sales don’t begin until Friday morning, but Walmart and Macy’s both have sales beginning this evening. From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Macy’s, an assortment of goods — pillows, crock pots, glassware and pearl earrings, for example — entirely for free, if you remember to mail in the rebate. Diamond earrings are going for $179.
An hour later at 6 p.m., the sales at Walmart start, and it looks like the place to go for electronics. There are several deals on ultra-high–definition TVs. A 55-inch Samsung Class 4k Smart TV is selling for $398, while supplies last. Laptops are going for under $100 — $99 for a Samsung Chromebook 3 and $89 for an RCA Cambio 2-in-1 Notebook/Tablet. The iPhone 6s is marked down to $299.
The Home Depot is offering crazy good deals on tools, appliances and Christmas decorations and will open at 6 a.m. Friday. It is offering doorknobs with deadbolts at a discount.
Petco is offering buy one, get one at 50 percent deals, including on dog treats and food, and free holiday antlers for your dog or cat with purchase Friday and Saturday.
Most Longs Drugs locations are open all Thanksgiving Day. A two-pound bag of frozen shrimp at Longs is only $10.99 with your store club card. Plus, they have great deals on wine and beer. Or buy a Casio watch and get one free. Christmas decor is 30 percent off. And Palm corned beef is on sale, three cans for $10.
Two things to remember:
w Be sure to fill out the entry form in today’s TGI Holiday Gift Guide and this week’s Midweek and turn it in at Kukui Grove Center for a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas.
w The 25th annual Kauai Christmas Parade is part of the fun from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.