O‘ahu is a shopper’s delight, with a wonderful mix of locally owned shops mixed 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 (including the revamped Shirokiya Japan Village Walk), 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 55-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 Maui, 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 the 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 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.
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 320 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. OHM’s stage and seating area provides a welcoming place to sit and enjoy the food and beverage offerings as well as the day’s entertainment.
Up north in Hale‘iwa, NORTH SHORE MARKETPLACE is a great place to discover O‘ahu’s
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WAIKELE PREMIUM OUTLETS takes you away from metropolitan Honolulu for a shopping experience that will be easy on the pocketbook. Featured retailers include Aldo, 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.
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 (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 downstairs to Waikiki Yokocho, a gourmet alley filled with Japanese dining options.
LUXURY ROW (luxuryrow.com) includes top fashion houses—Gucci, 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 three-story bazaar of restaurants and retailers. Surf apparel giants sit among global brands like Swatch and Urban Outfitters as well as local offerings, such as Honolulu Cookie Company and eateries such as Kirin Restaurant. The newly redeveloped INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE (shopinternationalmarketplace.com) features anchor tenant Saks Fifth Avenue and an array of shops such as Christian Louboutin, Shinola, Fabletics, Crazy Shirts, Eden in Love and Maui Divers Jewelry; alongside dining options such as Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi, two Michael Mina establishments, Stripsteak and The Street; and ShoreFyre (try the specialty 50/50 Loco Moco).