International Market Place, Oahu
This is one of many places where you can get gifts for the unfortunate ones that you left home. The market is really big, stretching on one block connecting two main streets Kalakaua and Kuhio. By the way, if now all the street names seem strange to you, by the end of your vacation they’ll all look very normal.
However, all the wooden booths and shops around have to offer pretty much the same things: jewelry, wood crafts, and clothing such as sarongs, swimming suits, and hula shirts and 6 for $20 T-shirts. Occasionally you’ll run across some candles, glasses, and postcards.
There are, definitely, some bargains, but don’t rush to buy if you try to save money. Check the ABC stores for example, you can find the same things for cheaper prices. Some vendors will try to drop prices just to make you buy their stuff. Personally, I don’t bargain, but many times I was offered “discounts” without even asking.
Additionally, visit the Aloha Stadium flea market, a much bigger and better place for souvenir shopping (Oh yeah! I did bargain there)
This is a great place to wander and pick up some jewelry or some souvenirs to take back home. By no means are the prices less expensive here, but you have a wide range of items to pick from. I would recommend that you walk to the back of the market where prices are more reasonable, and don't forget to bargain down the prices.
What to buy: I purchased some beautiful bangle bracelets for my daughter, some leis, and ankle bracelet, some key chains and a few shark tooth necklaces and some really nice phone charms.
What to pay: Mid range but you can bargain the prices
The International Market Place is primarily an opportunity to purchase cheap souvenirs or inexpensive jewelry for yourself or those back home.
Booth after booth carried simple beaded necklaces and bracelets, earrings or rings, beach apparel or t-shirts.
We didn't spend too much time browsing amongst the '130 carts, shops and artisan stands' that comprise this area.
However, if you allow yourself a more leisurely search, you'll find beach and resort wear, gifts, candles, small toys and a food court. Perhaps, just what you've been looking for.
The International Market Place is opened daily from 10 :00 am-10:30 pm. with live music five days a week.
There were lots of stalls selling souvenirs here. I was bored but mum dragged me there a few times. I bought a Spongebob tshirt. It was expensive and the lady said it was because it was a designer t shirt. yeah right..!! There is a food court here and a stage where they do hula shows.
What to buy: any souvenirs, bags, candles, luggage.. just about anything you want.
The Aloha Bowl Stadium is the place to shop!
It is open from 6am-3pm on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. The goods are the same quality as the stores, but here, they are 1/3 the price.
If you want muumuus, jewelry, hawaiian beach towels~ they have them. It is 3 miles around and it can be quite extensive. Now if you drive in or walk in, the fee is 25 cents per person. They also give you a flea market catalogue which lists all the sellers, all their goods and who is there on what day. If you want 2nd hand items there are usually some of those too, but it's first come first served.
What to buy: From the catalogue you have a myriad of items to choose from. For my Mom I get muumuus, for my niece a nice hawaiian blouse and dress, pupu shell necklace with a sharks tooth for my grandson, four beautiful beach towels, hair clips with hawaiian flowers on them, hawaiian tee shirts for the boys and embroideried tee shirts for the girls., kitchen magnets with Hawaiian surf boards, tiki gods, flowers, and a truly lovely handmade sign with our name wrtten in Hawaiian picture letters.
What to pay: Muumuus can be $14, blouses $15, dresses $9, pupu shell necklace w/o shark tooth $12, with shark tooth $16, beach towels $8, hair clips $9, tee shirts 5 for $20, embroideried tees slightly more, kitchen magnets can be 8 for $10, the handmade sign costs either $3-$4 a letter, with a Frame add $10.
*****UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOW CLOSED. We found out in January 2014 on our last trip to Oahu that the marketplace is being torn down for more luxury shopping. How sad this is. We spoke to some shop owners and some still don't know if they will find a new location or close for good. That is just horrible; they lose their income and many people lose their jobs. The marketplace was always a fun shopping destination whenever I visited Oahu. Fortunately though, we were told they will not tear down the beautiful Banyan Tree in the Marketplace and the Koi will be relocated.********
The International Marketplace is what I call a mish mosh of stalls, carts and shops. You can find anything here from local crafts, clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. The prices here vary with the shops in the front usually being more expensive while the shops in the back are more reasonable. This is a good place to grab some of those souvenirs for the people back home. The vendors are very friendly and not pushy; which appeals to me greatly. Our last trip to the markeptplace in 2013; we bought some personalized Christmas ornaments, a few sundresses, some tee shirts and some hair flowers.
In the center of the marketplace is a huge Banyan tree; supposedly over 100 years old. It is surrounded by a waterfall and pond filled with brightly colored fish.
If your hungry from all the shopping; the International Food Court has plenty of food options from burgers to Thai and Chinese. Cafteria Style outdoor seating makes it a casual place to grab a bite.
The Marketplace is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
What to buy: Anything from a tee shirt, necklace, flowers, Tiki Glass, etc.
What to pay: Inexpenive/affordable
My wife and I always buy a Christmas ornament when we travel as a souvenir of our trip. We found this particular store when we were shopping at the International Marketplace. The store is filled with a variety of tropical and island themed christmas ornaments. What I liked the best was they were all available for personalization; very nice.
We picked out a few ornaments for ourselves as well as one for Liz's Mom and our friend back home. As for our ornaments; one was a Hawaiian Santa with several hanging ornements of a surfboard, pineapple and some other pieces. My wife had it personalized to read our names and Hawaii Chris's Big 4-0 for my birthday. Our other ornament was a coconut with several umbrellas and straws in it; we just had our names and the date put on it. I also like that they have ornements for pets so we could have an ornament for our Stevie Cat back at home.
Personalization only took ten minutes and was well done. The prices here are very good with most ornaments in the $20 range.
For years my wife has been wearing flowers in her hair during the summer months or on a beach/tropical vacation; so this was the store for her. So real has a large selection of flower hair accesories: clips, combs, hair bands and in a rainbow of colors. The flowers are plumeria, hibiscus and orchids and come in a range of sizes from very small to very large ornamental pieces.
My wife purchased several of the plumeria clips as well as some of the life like orchid clips for herself and a girlfriend back home. The quality was very good considering how inexpensive they were. The orchids in particular were so life-like that people on the cruise ship thoigh they were real when she wore them.
This is definitely a shop to visit if you like to accesorize with a flower in your hair.,
The market has a wide variety of items that make great gifts for those back at home and as trip souveniers. Plenty of people trying to sell everything from tee shirts to cheap (and nasty) ukuleles and jewellery. Prices to match the quality though do bargain!!
What to buy: Conveniently located on Wakiki main strip , you can get almost anything hawaiian here, carved wooden local craft, hawaiian shirts, fridge magnets, food and drinks, all sorts of souvenirs and touristy stuff. Worth a visit just for the fun of it.
The International Marketplace is famous and definitely a must see. There are so many types of souvenirs and hand made crafts you can find her. You can find pretty much anything here and it's huge!
What to buy: Anything and everything
This is an awesome place to shop. Never pay the price they are asking, you can and should barter with them. I have paid as little as one tenth of the asking price depending on wha it is. If one shop won't barter the next one will. you can buy souveniers for all your friends and not go broke. Just the experence of being there is awesome. They have most anything your heart desires. I truely love going to the International market, it's part of the reason I go back every year.
What to buy: Hand made candles, I got 5 for $10.00. Shell leis at 3 for a $1.00.
What to pay: As little or as much as you want.
The International marketplace is a great place for souvenir shopping or to get a cheap bite to eat in the food court.