Best Shopping Streets in Honolulu
Photo courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Center
Brimming with big names, emerging local brands, and plenty of independently owned boutiques, the streets of Honolulu are where it’s at. So, put on some comfy shoes and get a large dose of retail therapy by exploring the best shopping streets in Honolulu. Be sure to bring an extra suitcase and book a Honolulu hotel room big enough to hold all the shopping bags you’ll bring back after your spree in the city.
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Photo courtesy of International Market Place
One of the busiest streets in Honolulu, if not the busiest, is Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, and it’s all because of the variety of shopping this street offers. The palm-lined thoroughfare is considered the heart of the city’s shopping, boasting multi-level shopping centers and hundreds of stores and boutiques. Get ready to splurge on world-class fashion labels at places like International Market Place, Royal Hawaiian Center, and Luxury Row. If you’re seeking colorful mementos to commemorate your trip, duck into Island Art and Sole, Joy Gift Hawai‘i, or ABC Store, of which the street has many. On Kalakaua Avenue, the possibilities are endless.
Ala Moana Boulevard
Find more high fashion houses as well as budget-friendly finds on Ala Moana Boulevard. The boulevard stretches the length of the Ala Moana District, just west of Waikiki. The Ala Moana Center is here, the country’s 9th largest shopping mall and the largest open-air shopping center in the world. The sprawling floors of inventory include nearly 350 stores and 160 dining options. Just next door, Ward Village has three separate shopping districts (East Village, Kamake‘e Corridor, and West Village) set on 60 acres along the ocean between Waikiki and Downtown.
Of course, many Honolulu streets feature special shopping enclaves beyond mass retailers. Find surf shops, handcrafted gifts, and vintage wares on Kapahulu Avenue which borders Waikiki to the east. If you’re looking for some wave-riding action, check out Diamond Head Surfboards or Inter-Island Surf Shop, which has been a Honolulu mainstay since 1959. Named a “must-see” shop by the New York Times, Bailey’s Antique & Aloha Shirts has the world’s largest selection of aloha shirts (over 15,000) along with a variety of American and Hawaiiana antiques and collectibles.
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