When you shop in Waikiki, you get used to seeing the same souvenirs over and over again in different stores. Many of them are not even made in the Islands.
Mana Hawai'i (translation: Spirit of Hawaii) was a real surprise. Although located in the tourist heart of Waikiki, this little store sells beautiful locally made gifts that you will not find in other places. I was very happy with my purchases: a small original watercolor of Kailua Beach and a Hawaiian language children's book. They also carry handcrafted jewelry, koa wood items, lotions, Hawaiian music, instruments, and hula supplies.
Hawaiian owned and operated, Mana Hawai'i also offers cultural activities for the whole family: hula and ukulele lessons, and classes in lei making and lauhala weaving. Check their schedule for times.
the town center is an open air shopping complex that rivals the International marketplace and is located nearby so if you still have energy to hop across the street, go to this place. The Waikiki town center is a huge 76,235 square foot open-air shopping complex that features 40 specialty shops and restaurants where you can buy everything from fashions to jewelry at slightly less price4s than the touristy international market place hehehe.There are free hula shows that are performed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and is one of the attractions going there.
What to buy: lots of stuff for the avid shopper and the tourist.
What to pay: depends of what you purchase, try to buy authentic hawaiian products like hula wear, eat at puka dog, buy trinkets and souvenirs
IF YOU LIKE SURFING AND NEED A SURFBOARD AND ALL THE GOODIES THAT GO WITH BEING A SURFER.. THEN YOU SHOULD CHECK THIS STORE OUT...IT IS AT ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER ON THE LOWER LEVEL ON THE MOUNTAIN SIDE...NICE T-SHIRTS AND WHATEVER YOU CAN DREAM THAT A SURFER NEEDS. . IT IS AT THIS STORE ..IT SEEMS....THAT ONE CAN ALSO GET INSPIRED TO BECOME A SURFER BY JUST LOOKING AT ALL THE COOL ITEMS!!!
What to buy: THEY HAVE SOME COOL SHIRTS AND THE BOARDS ARE NICE !!!!!!!!!
What to pay: FROM A FEW DOLLARS TO A FEW HUNDRED ..DEPENDING HOW MUCH YOU ARE INTO SURFING..
Quality, authentic aloha shirts only come with real coconut sheel buttons. And the Kamehameha Garment Company has been doing it since 1936. Both rayon and cotton shirts with great patterns that evoke the vintage look. They used to have a shop in the Ward Center but they've moved to the North Shore.
What to buy: Aloha shirts, aloha shirts, aloha shirts
What to pay: $45-$70 per shirt
Many shops in Chinatown in and around the corner of Manua Kea and Pauahi Streets have been in the business of making leis for many years. The prices here are incredible and worth the trip if you're looking to maintain a budget and save a buck. Lots to choose from and loose tropical flowers as well. Get a bunch to brighten up you hotel room! You can also usually watch leis being handmade in the shops.
What to buy: Leis, cut flowers
What to pay: Inexpensive
The world's largest manufacturer of Aloha Wear HILO HATTIES offers factory direct prices on their garments and carries everything you might want that's Hawaiian including souvenirs and specialty coffees.
Open year round and located at Ala Moana Mall and on Nimitz Highway.
This shop has classic movies that the Blockbusters don't have. They also have foreign films, French films, and all kinds of documentaries.
What to buy: You need to have a driver's license and a credit card to open the required membership. Your first rental transaction is charged to your credit card. After that, you can pay in cash.
$2.50 for 4 night rentals (VHS & DVD)
Documentarys, general titles, recent releases, family films
$3.61.......1 night for new releases
$3.51 ......1 night adult titles
$5.00.......1 night Premium Adult Titles
What to pay: I prefer classic movies as I use movies to understand the historical context and the values at the time.
Upon entering Rainforest, your nostrils fills with heavenly fragrances of being in a forest filled with flowers. The selection of flowers is astounding with many varieties and colors. The staff was friendly and welcome me with a warm feeling of aloha. They sell flowers, no stuffed animals, no balloons and junk food. The flowers were fresh and abundant. It took a while for us to decide what we wanted, but the designer there suggested things for what we wanted to do. their website also shows some of their work, but nothing can compare to being and seeing the wonderful things they have that you can touch, and smell.
What to buy: You must get a tropical or Hawaiian arrangement for anyone visiting the islands. That made our stay in the room very exciting. We got leis for a special dinner and thank you gifts for people we met during our stay. Each time we sent flowers, we got the most ecstatic thank you calls in return.
What to pay: I believe their starting price for delivery orders begin at $85 and you can pick up things at any price in person.
There's an ABC store on almost every block in Honolulu. This is one-stop shopping for souvenirs and gifts to take back to your friends and family.
They sell macadamia nuts (chocolate covered, honey roasted, garlic and onion) in packs of six, key chains, dried mango, Hawaiian sea salt, lauhala placemats, potholders, cookbooks, artificial leis, jewelry, and hair ornaments.
the maker of quality and luxurious hawaiian shirts. although tommy bahama is not a native since the chain started out in seattle, it offers high end tropical and hawaiian quality wear.The chief brands marketed are Tommy Bahama and Island Estates. While the store is known primarily as a clothing retailer, it also features shoes, furniture, candles, soaps and lotions, games, drinking glasses, and lighting. the clothes and accesories are available in many of the stores in oahu and even at macy's stores.
What to buy: Tommy Bahama camp shirts and Tommy Bahama embroidered shirts, select from solids, stripes, jaquards and printed Tommy Bahama camp shirts in 100% silk, silk and cotton blends and 100% cotton. Just a thought Tommy Bahama silk shirts in silk fabric, Tommy Bahama cotton shirts in cotton fabric and Tommy Bahama silk blends in silk blend fabrics all feel so good on you dont even need a date hehehe. a camp shirt non silk sells for $ 40 and silk t-shirts at $ 85 while short sleeved hopsack t-shirts which are the famous wear in hawaii sells for $ 90.
What to pay: a lot since the shirt don't come cheap!
The Aloha Tower Swap Meet is marketed as a place where you can get really unique Hawaiian items at excellent prices. It is held at the Aloha Stadium every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. There are over 700 tables with booths set up outside, as well as some food and drink stands. We came across a couple of local artists and unique shops with displays, but it was mostly row upon row of booths selling the same souvenir items like towels and cheap keychains. If you're looking for that “unique Hawaiian souvenir”, you might find something, but I think you could also find something on the North Shore or at any gallery on the Windward Side, or just stay out of Waikiki. It was really hot out on the day we went, so after about an hour of same booths we decided to leave. I think the Swap Meet would probably be better for people who live in Honolulu because there were some cool booths selling nuts, fruit and other types of food that would be good to use at home.
Admission - $1
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm
What to buy: We saw one guy making carvings out of Koa wood that were nice and original.
Cool food booths.
another famous coffee of Hawaii, Waialua Coffee is grown in the northshore of oahu and there are many brands available like the waialua estate and wailua coffee mill but the most acessible is buying the Dole Plantation Brand of Waialua Coffee. The coffee is grown by the Dole Plantation. 100% Waialua Coffee is grown only on the island of Oahu near the beautiful North Shore of Oahu. Coffee trees are planted on both sides of Kamehameha Highway between the towns of Wahiawa and Waialua. It is farmed in the Kona tradition, handpicked, fermented and washed. It is slightly more expensive than Kona coffee that it costs $ 12.50 a 500 gram pack while Kona Coffee costs $ 12 a 500 gram pack.
What to buy: what else but the waialua coffee of northshore!
What to pay: $ 12.50 a 500 gram pack (kona coffee is $ 12 a pack)
huge complex located near the ala moana center. The Ward offers unique shops, outdoor cafes and entertainment, in addition to being a nice place to stroll in a historic complex. Comprised of four shopping areas, the Ward Center is joined by an enormous movie theater complex. Anchor stores include Nordstrom's, Borders Books, Kua Aina Sandwich, Pier 1 Imports and Starbucks. The main are we went here is the Dave and Busters. It is a sports bar and restaurant, but best of all, has a row of interactive games known as “The Million Dollar Midway.” It's basically Las Vegas in Hawaii with the difference that you can't win money while playing the slot machines. Instead, you get coupons that you can exchange for merchandise. Besides playing, Dave and Busters is a great place to watch a game, enjoy happy hour, attend a theme party (like a costumed '70s party), listen to live music and just have a good time.
What to buy: island-style shopping, from sports wear, men's and women's fashion, jewelry, Hawaiian arts and gifts and home furnishings. There is also a farmers market for fresh local produce.
What to pay: maxx out you credit card
I really wanted a Hawaiian (Aloha) shirt (or two...) as a souvenir from my trip to Hawaii, and this was the place to find them. 15,000 of them, to be exact! Racks upon racks, all along the walls, hanging from the ceiling. Bailey's has rare aloha shirts from the 1930s and on along with new and replica shirts, ranging in price from the $3.99 sale rack to $5000 for one shirt. Most of the shirts are in the middle of the range price. I picked up a couple for about $40 each. The lady at the counter was incredibly knowledgeable about everything aloha
shirt. More so than I thought anyone ever could be! She spent about 20 minutes talking to one customer at the front about some collectors shirts, and then another 10 minutes to me while I was up there paying. There are so many different fabrics, styles, patterns, types of buttons.... It really is fascinating and I wish I would have had more time to spend talking about it with her. There is so much to learn. I almost lost myself browsing through all of the interesting shirts. There are photos throughout the store of some of the famous customers of Bailey's (The Rock, Nicholas Cage). Apparently Nicholas Cage spent $15,000 there once on 3 shirts. Bailey's also has interesting antiques and collectibles for sale.
Open daily from 10am - 6pm.
For a quieter mall experience than that of the busy Ala Moana Shopping Center (transport hub for buses), try Kahala Mall. On my way back from the mall to my Waikiki hotel along Kuhio Avenue, I was rewarded serendipitiously with a view of Diamond Head (didn't have to pay for the touristy blue trolley just to see Diamond Head) and Kapi'olani Park. Another good thing taking that route is that you can also get off at the Aquarium and the Zoo before retiring in your hotel along Kuhio.
Got a real bargain for Chaps shirts and of course men's sandals in Foot Locker and what's best was that I was away from the hordes of tourists in the usual souvenir shops.
What to buy: men's shirts and sandals at Foot Locker
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