Seattle Week: REI’s flagship store encourages outdoor (and indoor!) adventure


Watch Seattle Week on Living808 all week long, Monday through Friday, May 14-18, at 4 p.m. on KHON2 and 9 p.m. on Hawaii’s CW.

SEATTLE (KHON2) – REI’s flagship store is a must-see for visitors and residents of Seattle.

It’s unofficially considered one of the top tourist attractions in Seattle and has everything you need for an outdoor adventure.

“You just have to kind of take in a 1,000-square-foot store filled with outdoor gear. I have to believe that it’s a beautiful thing,” said general manager Kara Stone. “We have a great rental department, so if you want to come over and rent a sleeping bag and a backpack to go out on a backpacking trip and get all geared up, or you want to climb Mount Rainier, we have all the gear that you need to do that.”

The flagship store also features a 65-foot freestanding indoor rock wall. Can our own John Veneri and Trini Kaopuiki ring the bell? Watch the video to find out!

REI began in 1938, when a group of 23 mountain climbing buddies formed a co-op. Now in its 80th year, REI has 151 stores in 36 states and 17 million members.

REI is a member-owned co-op. Members purchase a $20 lifetime membership, and share in the profits.

The company’s goal is to inspire, educate, and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.

There are classes available as well. REI Outdoor School is the largest provider of outdoor education in the country, offering classes, outings, and activities on a variety of topics: cycling, fitness, snow sports, hiking, camping, paddling, climbing, wilderness medicine, and more.

REI Outdoor School taught more than 375,000 people last year.


If you want to go to Seattle, do what Living808’s Trini Kaopuiki and John Veneri did and hop on an Alaska Airlines flight. The airline offers daily nonstop service to Seattle from Lihue, Honolulu, Kahului, and Kona.

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