O‘ahu is a shopper’s delight, with trendy and high-end retailers offering the latest apparel, jewelry, beauty products—such as ISLAND SOAP & CANDLE WORKS‘ deliciously scented coconut soaps and candles—and lots more.
ALA MOANA CENTER, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, boasts more than 290 restaurants and shops. Entertaining hula shows, events and performances are often hosted at center stage. The shopping center also houses an impressive food court with something to suit even the choosiest of appetites, and major department stores, including Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. The mall’s Ewa Wing includes Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom among numerous new dining (including the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk), retail and entertainment shops, and an additional 1,000 parking spaces.
HILO HATTIE is synonymous with Hawaiian fashion. From humble beginnings on “Garden Island” (Kaua‘i) in 1963, the store’s premier selection of local-made gifts, souvenirs, clothing, beauty items, jewelry, accessories and novelty items quickly made Hilo Hattie the state’s largest retailer, and its “The Store of Hawai‘i” nickname. Head to its new location, within the MAUI DIVERS JEWELRY design center. It’s the perfect chance to load up on Hawai‘i souvenirs and pick out some gorgeous island-inspired jewelry pieces.
Located just a short drive from Waikiki, KAHALA MALL is near Honolulu’s affluent Kahala neighborhood and beach. The store boasts numerous restaurants inside and around the mall, including WHOLE FOODS MARKET with an indoor/outdoor bar, Hawai‘i-based shops, like décor shop SOHA LIVING, a movie theater and regular entertainment. The mid-sized mall is family friendly and easy to access by car, bus, taxi—and even by Waikiki Trolley. Visit kahalamallcenter.com.
Up north in Hale‘iwa, NORTH SHORE MARKETPLACE is a great place to discover O‘ahu’s charming local arts and food scene. Art galleries, Aloha General Store, coffee shops, retailers and numerous souvenir boutiques all provide plentiful options to fill your suitcase—and your belly! Visit northshoremarketplacehawaii.com.
WAIKELE PREMIUM OUTLETS takes you away from metropolitan Honolulu for a shopping experience that will be easy on the pocketbook. Featured retailers include A|X Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Coach, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more. Find Waikele Premium Outlets west of Honolulu, directly off the H-1 freeway, exit 7.
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In WAIKIKI, you’ll find numerous shopping centers. ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER (royalhawaiiancenter.com) spans three blocks along Kalakaua. RHC’s four floors boast shopping, dining and cultural experiences. Popular retailers include Tourneau, Omega and Harry Winston. There also are plenty of eateries, like Island Vintage Coffee and Doraku Restaurant, and free Hawaiian cultural classes and entertainment. Along Lewers Street, WAIKIKI BEACH WALK (waikikibeachwalk.com) boasts funky art galleries (Wyland, Peter Lik), home furnishing shops and boutiques like Mahina. Dining outlets and watering holes are aplenty, as are live music, workshops and entertainment.
T GALLERIA HAWAII BY DFS (dfsgalleria.com/en/hawaii) suits savvy travelers with an affinity for luxury goods. Beauty, apparel, travel, timepieces, spirits, gourmet goods and more are all housed here. WAIKIKI SHOPPING PLAZA (waikikishoppingplaza.com), too, has anchored powerhouses such as A|X Armani Exchange, Sephora and Belle Vie for boutique seekers. (Head up to the rooftop to check out Búho’s view of Waikiki and sample margaritas.) LUXURY ROW (luxuryrow.com) includes top fashion houses— Tiffany & Co., Saint Laurent and Chanel—along Kalakaua Avenue. While HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE (hiltonhawaiianvillage.com) attracts diverse clientele to its array of local boutiques and eateries, which range from Lappert’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Coffee to Benihana of Tokyo. And tucked between Hyatt Regency Waikiki towers, PUALEILANI SHOPS (pualeilanishops.com) is a threestory bazaar of restaurants and retailers. Surf apparel giants sit among global brands like Swatch, as well as local offerings, such as Little People Hawai‘i. The newly redeveloped INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE features anchor tenant Saks Fifth Avenue and an array of shops such as Christian Louboutin, Shinola, Fabletics, Crazy Shirts and Maui Divers Jewelry; alongside dining options such as Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi, two Michael Mina restaurants, Stripsteak and The Street; Kona Coffee Purveyors and Yauatcha.