Honolulu Shopping

Honolulu Shopping

Royal Hawaiian Center

Within an easy walk from most Waikiki hotels, this 100 store mall is a shopper’s delight. With four levels, Every kind of shopping experience is found here, from upscale to basic, from Cartier and Rolex to Juicy Couture and kate spade to the ubiquitous ABC Store.

From special gifts to take home to sundries that you may have forgotten to pack, you’ll find it at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Besides the shopping, there is entertainment and craft demonstrations. Polynesian culture is ever-present with shows scheduled during the week.

2201 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
Open year-round daily 10 a.m.-10 pm

Ala Moana Shopping Center

Ala Moana is the largest open-air mall in Hawaii. Serious shoppers can find Gucci, Prada, DKNY, and Escada, among more than 240 stores. Unlike the Royal Hawaiian Center, the Ala Moana has large department stores. Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Nordstom, and Shirokiya anchor this gigantic shopping center. Since the mall is outdoors, there are plenty of beautifully landscaped areas to rest, eat or just people watch.

1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki.
Open year-round.
Mon-Sat 9:30am - 9 pm, Sunday 10 am -7 pm

International Market Place

Many guide books dismiss the International Market Place as being tacky central in Waikiki. But for good buys on inexpensively priced souvenirs, it can’t be beat. It has something else going for it, too. Since it is more informal, the vendors have outdoor stalls set up, bargaining for purchases becomes possible. This is not condoned in the Royal Hawaiian or Ala Moana Shopping Centers. Some of the same merchandise is likely to appear at all three places and you can bet that it will be much less expensive to buy that photograph album or sarong at the International Market Place than at the other two.

2330 Kalakaua Ave., next to Waikiki Town Center.
Open year-round daily 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

A Shopping Best Bet:

The absolute best place to shop in Honolulu is the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet at the University of Hawaii’s Aloha football stadium. The prices are rock bottom for the same merchandise that’s sold to unsuspecting tourists in Waikiki. Most people find so much to buy, that they have to pick up an extra suitcase or duffle there to take all the great buys home. Get there early for the best deals. It does tend to get a bit hot there, too, by noon, so wear a hat and bring water.

Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu
Open year-round Wed, Sat &Sun 6am - 3pm

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