For the uninitiated, Hawaii is an international hub for luxury brands, and with over five shopping locations to visit, there’s something for everyone! If you aren’t on a mission to buy the latest trends, use these recommendations for an excellent place to pick up some souvenirs, unique to Hawaii!
1. SHOPPING MALLS
There are a few shopping malls on this small island, here’s a list of the shopping malls on Oahu:
- Pearlridge Center: 98-1005 Moanalua Rd, Aiea, HI 96701
- It’s the largest enclosed shopping mall on the island. This shopping mall has the least amount of tourists. The mall is split into two phases called uptown and downtown. Downtown has a movie theater and Uptown provides more stores and where events are held. Also, there’s a monorail train that connects the two phases and is available for shoppers to ride.
- Windward Mall: 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
- This mall is similar to Pearlridge where it doesn’t have a lot of tourist traffic and also an enclosed mall.
- Kahala Mall: 4211 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
- Also, an enclosed shopping mall which has more luxury stores compared to other enclosed shopping malls on the island.
- Ka Makana Ali’i: 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
- The newest shopping center on the island, located on the west side. This is our favorite place to go! Lots of restaurants that other malls don’t have.
- Ala Moana Center: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
- The most significant mall on the island and is also an open-air shopping center. Being that it’s located in Honolulu, it gets bustling and is continuously flooded with tourists. It has most of the luxury stores and also some fantastic restaurants!
2. WAIKELE PREMIUM OUTLET
Waikele Premium Outlet only outlet shopping center in Hawaii. If you’re not familiar with outlets, it offers the best deals on brands! This is a great place for Black Friday – but, like just about every other place on this list, it can become very packed!
Location: 94-849 Lumiaina Street, Waipahu, HI 96797
3. FARMERS MARKET
Good for people to get fresh grocery if they are visiting and have a full kitchen at their location. Support local and organically grown goods at any of the Farmers Market scattered throughout Oahu!
4. ALOHA STADIUM SWAP MEET
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is Hawaii’s most prominent mall open-air flea market with over 400 vendors! It’s open three days a week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). As stated in the intro, if you are looking for a reasonable place with great deals on locally made goods and souvenirs made in Hawaii, Aloha Stadium is where everyone should visit if passing through.
Location: 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96818
Waikiki is more than satisfactory for all your shopping wants, needs and desires. There are many shopping plazas and centers:
- International Market Place: 2330 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
- Located in the center of Waikiki, this is our favorite place to be for some shopping and dining. There are stores and restaurants that aren’t found anywhere else on the island. Don’t miss a trip without visiting this place!
There’s a lot of shopping to do in Waikiki being that it’s the main place to be for visitors. Aside from International Market Place, walk the strip and check out these places for more shopping:
- Royal Hawaiian Center: 2201 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
- Waikiki Shopping Plaza: 2250 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
- Waikiki Beach Walk: 227 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815
- King’s Village: 131 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Chinatown is probably the last place we visit for shopping because of the parking. If you go early, there’s more chance you’ll find great street parking. However, all parking spaces in Chinatown is not free so make sure to bring some change. We highly suggest not parking illegally before you get a ticket on your windshield. Besides the parking issue, Chinatown is a great place to go for very affordable souvenirs, flowers, and food.
Location: Beretania Street, Nuuanu Stream, Nuuanu Avenue, and Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii
7. HALEIWA TOWN
Haleiwa Town is located on the North Shore. It’s a small town with a lot of boutique shops, food, and galleries. It’s another place where it’s quite difficult to find parking during busy hours (especially on the weekends). But once you find parking, it’s a great place to walk around and do some shopping at local boutiques!
Location: 66-165 Kamehameha Hwy. Haleiwa, HI 96712
8. KAILUA TOWN
Kailua Town is a nice little town with a few local boutiques and eateries. Best way to get around this town is by renting a bike and exploring around. After some retail therapy, head over to Kailua or Lanikai beach for some beach therapy!
Location: 609 Kailua Rd. Kailua, HI 96734