International Market Place, Honolulu
****RIP International Market Place, 1957-2014 - The International Marketplace is no more. It has been leveled, reportedly to make room fo a Saks Fifth Avenue. The only good thing is that the big banyan tree is protected by law, so they will have to build around it. Very sad. I'm leaving this tip up as a remembrance. *******
The International Market Place in Waikiki is like a big flea market, partly open-air, with dozens of vendor booths and shops selling T-shirts, aloha wear, tote bags, jewelry, artwork, wind chimes, and anything else you can think of.
The teenagers in your family will especially love shopping there for themselves and their friends.
The 57 year old icon of Waikiki, The International Marketplace, as it sat, was closed for good on December 31, 2013. Torn down and to become an upscale three story shopping mall by 2016. The only things remaining are the name and the center piece banyan tree. Read the older reviews to get a glimpse of the beloved past, for the future holds the large upscale chains. ALOHA to another part of old Waikiki. Better or worse will be up to those that visit the newest complex thst is changing the face of paradise. :-(
Waikiki's International Market Place is an area filled with cheap souvenir stands and low-budget fast food restaurants, as well as a stage that features a variety of entertainment for an hour or two each day. I have visited here a few times in the last decade and during both visits I ate at Bautista's Filipino Kitchen. I have also enjoyed great Korean food from Yummy Korean.
Besides Filipino and Korean, the plaza has a variety of other foods including Vietnamese, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, and Mexican. The shops sell mostly tourist junk such as T-shirts and candles, and there is a stage with local entertainment such as live bands and hula dancing.
International Market Place was constructed in 1956 by a mysterious man named Don the Beachcomber. It was constructed on the grounds of a former summer residence of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma.
This shopping bazar is surrounded by large retail stores and chains. But if you want to find affordable and authentic hawaiian shopping these shops are owned by local families and businesses.
There are dozens of shops and kiosks to look at. Most is hawaiian owned. Often the person working in the shop is the owner!
These shops are great! If anything it is more fun to walk through this marketplace than through the large department stores.
What to buy: Koa wood gifts like cutting boards, bowls, tiki men, etc.
Hawaiian jewelry. Clothes. There are food stands as well. This is a great place to get a box lunch if you haven't already.
I just bought some music boxes from Hawaiian Music Boxes.
What to pay: $5-$100 Most everything is cheaper here than anywhere else. You can get some good gifts for a couple of buck or a lot more depending.
There were some kiosk type stands in the road next to the hotel. I think this may have been part of the International Marketplace.
I went there to buy some souvenirs for my family. My grandmother didn't seem interested
What to buy: I got a Tiki mug, a tiki statue and an Aloha Hawaiian shot glass
It's history as a market place began on January 16, 1955 when entrepreneur Donn "Don the Beachcomber" Beach announced that a new "Waikiki village" was to be created. The new village was to be called "The International Market Place."
A huge 100-year-old banyan tree sits in the middle of this open-air shopping mall in Waikiki. It is still a popular shopping stop. Shops sell Aloha shirts, diamonds, pearls, woodcarvings, gold, kites, tapestries and surf equipment. You can find some interesting things at a reasonable cost at this reasonable place.
There's an international food court on the premises. On the second level you'll also find a surprisingly good Hawaiian art co-op gallery. Live Hawaiian entertainment is presented free of charge every Friday and Saturday evening
What to buy: Waikiki's International Market Place is a Hawaiian open-air bazaar of knickknacks, gifts, and other assorted baubles to keep as a memento of Hawaii's distinct beauty.
Take time to talk story with the local craftspeople, and snap a photo by a cascading waterfall under a century-old banyan, original home of Donn the Beachcomber. With over 130 carts, shops and artisan stands, this open-air setting in the heart of Waikiki remains a must-see-and-do for that special gift or souvenir. A varied collection of dozens of bamboo-colored stalls selling jewelry, aloha shirts, sandals, and any other necessities for wandering around on Kalakaua Avenue. The prices are reasonable, so it's a perfect destination for budget travelers. If you are looking for a wooden tiki head, pink ukulele, flowered lei, or a colorful mumu at a good price, the International Market Place is the perfect place to do some outdoor shopping in the center of Waikiki.
The International Food Court offers a variety of local and international cuisine, plus free Hawaiian entertainment five nights a week.
What to pay: Shirts at 6 for $20, maui shorts for $20 and a lot more!
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m
This was a great place to get bargains for souvenirs and for the experience. But I did find a ukelele that was cheaper at the countless ABC stores than the market place so just keep your eyes open for better deals around Waikiki.
The IMP is situated near the center of the shopping area and houses many small shops, stores, displays, and little food places. The area is built on and around huge trees which gives it that simple feel.
What to buy: We found a bag shop towards the back of the IMP. This Chinese woman seemed in a bargining mood, I'm just used to going in and buying something without argument! My friend got away with several purses and walets for less than a hundred dollars. I went ahead and purchased a luggage case for 45 dollars! It would have cost nearly a 100 but she was over stocked and wanted to get rid of everything. Many business owners are here from abroad (hence the name). You'll find cute little clothing shops for your every need. We went into this one whacky toy shop with a few questionable items...
What to pay: It ranges from price to price depending on what store you visit. The bag shop was a good find. Nothing should be very expensive, unlike its pricey neighbors.
This marketplace is exactly that ... a typical market place with your typical market place wares for sale.
It seems to go on endlessely with shop after shop all selling the same stuff. Screeds of flower printed bikinis, sarongs, shirts, mumus, hats etc. Jewellery stands, sunglasses, souvenirs ranging from dancing hula dolls to fridge magnets. Endless shell and beaded necklaces ... you know the drill.
An interesting place to vist once or twice but nothing overly special about this area.
What to buy: I would suggest going to the Aloha Stadium Markets for your shopping. the prices are slightly better than here.
What to pay: Depends what you want?
t-shirts - 3 for$10 type deals.
Shell necklaces $3.
The markets in Honolulu were fantastic. So much to see and buy, if you are out to spend some money.
What to buy: Whatever takes your fancy.. I couldn't go past some lovely silver jewellry, as well as some lovely after 5 wear.
What to pay: As little as possible..
OK so this isn't so much a toy store as it is a place of weird bobbles. I found this fridge magnet to be especially funny. The scary part is, it's sort of true :-$
The International Market Place is cramded full of tourists stalls, a good place to get your inexpensive souvenirs. They also have a good food court which sells Great chinese food.
This is a collection of shops that offer all types of souvenirs. You can get muu muus, t shirts, hats, jewelty, wood carvings, etc.
It is an interesting place to walk around.
What to buy: You name it.