O‘ahu is a shopper’s delight, with a wonderful mix of locally owned shops combined with trendy and high-end retailers offering the latest apparel, jewelry, beauty products and 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 impressive food courts 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 dining options, retail and entertainment shops, and an additional 1,000 parking spaces.
HILO HATTIE is Hawai‘i’s largest retailer and manufacturer of Hawaiian ALOHA APPAREL , and made-in-Hawai‘i gifts and souvenir accessories. Hilo Hattie first opened its doors in 1963 with a shop located on the island of Kaua‘i. Over the years, Hilo Hattie has grown and expanded its reach. Today, there are four Hilo Hattie retail locations on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island. More than 2 million people shop at Hilo Hattie every year, making the 60-year-old store Hawai‘i’s largest shopping attraction.
Located just a short drive from Waikīkī, KĀHALA MALL is near Honolulu’s affluent Kāhala 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, ride-share or taxi. Visit kahalamallcenter.com.
If you’re heading toward East Honolulu, don’t forget to stop at KOKO MARINA CENTER . It’s a convenient stop on the way to Hanauma Bay, Sea Life Park and the Makapu‘u Lighthouse hike. Here, you’ll find waterfront dining, and a variety of locally owned boutiques and even a Leonard’s Malasada Mobile! One thing that sets Koko Marina Center apart, however, is its array of water activities. Whether its an underwater BOB (breathing observation bubbles) adventure in nearby Maunalua Bay or a bumper tube ride right there at Koko Marina, you’ll find a water activity to suit your needs. Visit kokomarinacenter.com.
Those looking for a space that’s filled with Hawai‘i offerings will find it at ‘OHANA HALE MARKETPLACE (OHM) . As of press time, the marketplace was searching for its new home. Visit ohmhawaii.com or @ohmhawaii on Instagram for updates.
WAIKELE PREMIUM OUTLETS takes you away from metropolitan Honolulu for a shopping experience that will be easy on the pocketbook. Featured retailers include Polo Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Kate Spade and more. Find Waikele Premium Outlets west of Honolulu, directly off the H-1 freeway, exit 7.
In WAIKĪKĪ , you’ll find numerous shopping centers. ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER (royalhawaiiancenter.com) spans three blocks along Kalākaua Avenue. 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 Izakaya and Sushi, and free Hawaiian cultural classes and entertainment.
WAIKĪKĪ SHOPPING PLAZA (waikikishoppingplaza.com), too, is anchored by powerhouses such as A|X Armani Exchange and Sephora. Check the website for individual store hours and updates.
LUXURY ROW (luxuryrow.com) includes top fashion houses — Gucci, Moncler, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Golden Goose and Chanel — along Kalākaua Avenue.
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 Aoki Teppanyaki Waikīkī. And tucked between Hyatt Regency Waikīkī towers, PUALEILANI SHOPS (pualeilanishops.com) is a three-story bazaar of restaurants and retailers. Surf apparel giants sit among global brands like UGG and Urban Outfitters as well as local offerings, such as Honolulu Cookie Co. and eateries such as Kirin Restaurant.
The recently redeveloped INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE (shopinternationalmarketplace.com) features anchor tenant Saks Fifth Avenue and an array of shops such as Christian Louboutin, Shinola, Crazy Shirts and Maui Divers Jewelry; alongside dining options such as Michael Mina’s STRIPSTEAK Waikīkī and ShoreFyre.
HILO HATTIE 808-973-3266
KOKO MARINA CENTER 808-395-4737
MAUI DIVERS JEWELRY 808-949-0411