Shop Like a Local in Waikiki
Both Waikiki and Honolulu abound with shopping centers that provide easy access to international brands, but tourists shouldn’t overlook local labels! High-quality apparel and footwear companies offer something uniquely Hawaiian that enable visitors to bring home the “aloha spirit.”
For breathable fabrics and design inspired by the natural, historical and cultural landscapes of Hawaii, shop Kealopiko in the South Shore Market in Honolulu. The local company produces pretty-patterned aloha wear for men, women and children that fits all body types. Designed and produced locally in Oahu. 11270 Auahi St., Honolulu. Open 10-9pm daily, closes 6pm Sundays
Island Slipper has been hand-making slippers (known as flip-flops or thongs elsewhere) on the island of Oahu since 1946. They’re designed for island life and are known for being especially long-lasting. The slipper specialists have a storefront in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki, one of Hawaii’s largest shopping malls. 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki. Open 10-10pm daily, holiday hours may differ
If you’re looking to elevate your paradise wear, check out this season’s selection at Ten Tomorrow in Kaimuki, just two miles from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. The women’s wear selection is the creation of Summer Shiigi, a widely-praised Hawaiian fashion designer who has an eye for making resort-style wear pop.
While you’re there, make sure to check out the adjacent clothing boutique, Allison Izu. The local designer specializes in basics for women 5’6 and shorter. 1114 11th Ave., Kaimuki. Open 10-6 daily, closed Sundays
In search of a classic Hawaiian shirt as a souvenir? Tori Richard has been manufacturing clothes in Honolulu for over 60 years, providing high-quality, long-lasting threads. You can find a Tori Richard at the Ala Moana Center, the largest outdoor mall in the world. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ala Moana. Open 9:30-9pm daily, Sundays 10-7pm
Many women have trouble finding the right fit for a swimsuit, but Kaikini Bikinis made locally in Kauai lets you customize your own. Choose your fabric, coverage preference, and specify your measurements to create perfectly-tailored swimwear. Kaikini Bikinis are sold at the Cosmopolitan Sun Shop in the Koko Marina Center near Koko Head Park. 7192 Kalanianaʻole Hwy A-143, Honolulu. Open 10-6pm daily
Planning a trip to Hawaii? For the best views, location and price, book with Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, just steps from Kuhio Beach. See our specials here.