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 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 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 two million people shop at Hilo Hattie every year, making the 58-year-old store Hawai‘i’s largest shopping attraction.
MAUI DIVERS JEWELRY is another longtime Hawai‘i retailer. Founded in 1958, out of the bustling Lahaina port on The Valley Isle, Maui Divers Jewelry made its mark with its signature Hawaiian black coral jewelry. Today, its pieces-which make touching mementos of a Hawai‘i vacation-include other precious materials such as Tahitian black pearls, diamonds, peridots, Australian opals and more. Maui Divers Jewelry has grown to be the largest jewelry manufacturer in the state, and a guided tour of its Jewelry Design Center gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the process.
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 decor shop SOHA LIVING, a movie theater and regular entertainment. The mid-sized mall is family friendly and easy to access by car, bus, rideshare 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. Find 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 fi nd 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). This shopping experience offers a new, innovative way to shop with local merchants. OHM resides in the heart of the thriving Kaka‘ako district, just minutes from Waikiki. It features 250 booths that provide shoppers with a beautiful, air- conditioned environment filled with an impressive variety of food, retail and services. Find a rotating array of vendors offering up food, arts and crafts, jewelry, apparel and more. Visit ohmhawaii.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 fi ll 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 Polo Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Kate Spade and more. Find Waikele Premium Outlets west of Honolulu, directly off the H-1 freeway, exit 7.
Honolulu’s CHINATOWN offers Asian flavor along Maunakea Street. Chinatown Cultural Plaza Shopping Center at 100 N. Beretania St. is packed with restaurants and shops. Asia Mall, an indoor flea market, is located inside the plaza.
In WAIKIKI, you’ll find numerous shopping centers. ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER (royalhawaiiancenter.com) spans three blocks along Kalakaua 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 Sushi, and free Hawaiian cultural classes and entertainment.
Along Lewers Street, WAIKIKI BEACH WALK (waikikibeachwalk.com) boasts funky art galleries, home furnishing shops and boutiques like Coco Mango and Noa Noa. Dining venues range from casual (Beachwalk Cafe) or family-friendly (Giovanni Pastrami, Yard House) to white-tablecloth fine dining (Taormina Sicilian Cuisine, Ruth’s Chris Steak House) 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. At press time, T Galleria was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but check the website for the latest updates. Beauty, apparel, travel, timepieces, spirits, gourmet goods and more are all housed here.
WAIKIKI 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 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 Rocky Japanese Steak Teppan Restaurant. And tucked between Hyatt Regency Waikiki 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 and ShoreFyre (try the specialty 50/50 Loco Moco).
HILO HATTIE (808) 973-3266
KOKO MARINA CENTER (808) 395-4737
MAUI DIVERS JEWELRY (808) 949-0411