The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Honolulu
Whatever your retail pleasure, you’ll find it in Honolulu. Local shops and shopping centers across Hawai‘i's capital carry the finest in luxury apparel, plus jewelry, gifts, gourmet goods, and much more. Shopaholicas, this post is for you! Here is the ultimate guide to shopping in Honolulu.
Due to COVID-19, retailers mentioned may close or reduce their hours at any time. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting.
Honolulu Shopping Malls
If you’re looking to get some major shopping done, Honolulu’s sprawling shopping centers deliver. Most are located right on Kalakaua Avenue. In Waikiki, visit the upscale, tri-level center that is the International Market Place for trendy restaurants and mid to high-end shops like the state’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, Michael Kors, and Burberry. Find high-end brands like Tiffany & Co., Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent at Luxury Row and fine jewelry, gifts, and luxury timepieces at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Kalakaua Avenue is also the perfect spot to pick up classic Honolulu souvenirs at the small shops that line the street. Just across the Ala Wai Canal from Waikiki, the Ala Moana Center’s 350 stores, food court, live hula shows, and changing art exhibits make it the largest outdoor mall in the world. For low-key shopping centers with specialty boutiques, try Ward Village in Ala Moana or Koko Marina Center in Hawai‘i Kai. Shopping tip: Venture into shops you wouldn’t normally find in your hometown. One of the best things about traveling is discovering new and interesting things.
Honolulu Local and Boutique Shops
Although Honolulu’s retail centers offer glamorous, familiar brands, the city’s independent boutique scene is worth browsing. Check out uniquely Hawaiian clothing at Ten Tomorrow, Fighting Eel, Allison Izu, Roberta Oaks, and Kealopiko for aloha wear for men, women, and children. Find custom-made beachwear at Island Slipper and Kaikini Bikinis. If you are looking for specialty gifts, stop by Na Mea Hawaiʻi for hula accessories, instruments, quilts, native plants, and jewelry or Nohea Gallery for works of art from over 450 local artists. Shopping tip: Ask the locals! For the best insider tips about where to shop in Honolulu, why not ask the locals themselves?
Visit the Waikele Premium Outlets for major deals. Located just outside Honolulu in Waipahu, the mall is the only outlet center on the island of O'ahu. Shop more than 50 designer and brand name outlet stores like Armani, Coach, Kate Spade New York, Polo Ralph Lauren, and more shops spread out over five sections. Shopping tip: Outlets can get crowded with those seeking the best bargains. Shop off-peak times to avoid picked-over shelves.
The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace is Hawai‘i’s largest open-air market and features over 400 vendors, crafters, and artists from all over the world. Find discounts on a wide selection of clothing, accessories, souvenirs, fine foods, jewelry, and antiques, while browsing handcrafted products and art pieces in the multi-purpose stadium in the western suburb of Honolulu.
Located at Piers 8, 9, and 10 on Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower Marketplace is a true outdoor market bazaar featuring popular restaurants, shopping, history, and live entertainment. The Aloha Tower is the most recognizable building in the state! The 18-story building’s tower clock was once one of the largest in the United States. While perusing the marketplace, visit Hina for locally-made brightly colored attire for men, women, and children.
For goods of the edible kind, visit a fresh food market overflowing with colorful seasonal fruits, flowers, and irresistible treats, like the KCC Farmers’ Market, Kaka'ako Farmers Market, and Manoa Farmers Market on select days of the week. Shopping tip: Markets are often the most characteristic of any city, so take your time browsing stalls in search of the perfect memento from your Honolulu visit.
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