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.
Crazy Shirts is a store you can find on most of the Hawaiian islands as well as some stores on the mainland. They carry a variety of men's, women's and children's tee shirts, sweat shirts, pants, hats and water wear.
In particular I like their UV swim shirts. I am known to go from white to Lobster red with the slightest amount of sun; so these UV swim shirts give me the sun protection I need to better enjoy the beach or pool. I have several of these swim shirts; both long and short sleeved. They are nicely constructed and have good material. The prices aren't bad either with a short sleeve being $44 and a long sleeve being $46.
My wife and I were in the mood to explore; so we decided to walk back towards the cruise ship terminal. Along our way we stopped into the Hilton Hawaiian Village to see what they had to ofer property wise. I must say that if you stay here you might never leave the resort. There are plenty of shops, dining options and entertainment to keep you captive on the resort property which is quite massive.
My wife and I wandered the property and explored the shopping venues. They had the usual shops you'd find in Oahu; ABC, Whaler's General Store, Maui Clothing Co., Tori Richards, Crazy Shirt,etc.
I was on the lookout for a new Coach bag for the season and armed with my 25% off discount coupon I decided to pay them a visit.
As I entered the store I was greated by a really nice sales girl. She asked if there was something in particular I was looking for and if I needed assistance she would gladly assist. I mentioned the bag I was eyeing and she immediately when out searching for it. After a few minutes she approached me with the bag...wow, it was exactly the right color and size that I was looking for to match a pair of sandals I had bough back home. I asked if she should keep the bag at the counter while I continued to look around the store.
The Coach Store has a nice selection of bags, scarves, wallets, shoes, jewelry and accesories with prices ranging from affordorable to expensive. Most bags are very resaonble about $300 or so unless you decide to purchae a "limited edition" bag whick always set you back at leat $600.
I didn't see anything else I wanted and just purchased my bag. I had a 25% discount which was even better, making my purchase only $300.
What to buy: I purcahsed a beautiful seasonal bag to match a pair of sandals. Price was $375 with a 25% discount my purchase was a little over $300.
We were staying at the HIlton Hawaiian Village during one of our visits and the shops where an easy and convenient place to do a little shopping without having to hit Kakaul .
We shopped at a few of the stores here, like the ABC store were we picked up a bottle of wine, some water and snacks for an outing we were doing. We also stopped in at the KoKo Boutique where Ferni purchased for me some beautiful pool/beach cover-ups. The Honolulu Cookie was a great place to buy some yummy cookies for my sister and daughter and of course we stopped in at the Crazy Shirts to see if we found another t-shirt for Ferni.
What to buy: Clothing, gifts, jewelry, food, drinks, coffee, etc.
What to pay: Prices vary from store to store, but the prices can be on the higher end.
ABC Stores are found throughout the Hawaiian Islands and is a good place to find all those things Hawaiian. They have a nice selection of t-shirts, towels, shorts, jewelry, mugs, picture frames, tote bags, hats and caps, flip-flops, beach items like sun lotion and sun block, toiletries, food, water, drinks, and a host of other misc. items.
If you forgot your sunblock, no worries, you can pick up here. You can also find some really great gifts for those back at home. I love buying the Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, scented lotions and candles.
What to buy: I have purchased everyting from towels to picture frames to t-shirts for Leo, a pair of swim trunks for Ferni, water, sun tan lotion, goodies like macadamia nuts, coffee, a mug and a beach bag as well as a beach cooler.
What to pay: Prices are pretty reasonable.
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
Ferni usually makes it a point to stop in at this shop whenver we are in Hawaii. They have a few locations in Oahu, Maui, Kaui, the Big Island and well as stores on the mainland.
They carry a very nice selection of unique inspired t-shirts either long or short sleeved as well as a host of other casual items like shorts, caps, polo shirts, tank tops, swimwear as well as sweats, hoodies and beach attire.
The quality and design of the shirts are worth the extra $ you pay. Ferni has about 3 t-shirts and one long sleeve and they wash very well, do not shrink. He has two of the hats to co-ordinate with two of the t-shirts.
If you are a repeat customer like we are I'd suggest that you get their customer discount card. They stamp it with the amount of your purchases.
What to buy: Ferni has the Wylan T-shirt which he paid $38, the Wylan cap at $25, Mano Da Predator long sleeve tshirt which he paid $33, Tribal Mani Eha $27, Mano Dive Aumakua $27 and the Circuling Shark Hat $25.
I always make time to shop around for some great shoes or sandals no matter where I travel to. While in Honolulu I walked into a few shops until I came across Nine West. Nine West is a national chain store and I can probably get the same shoes back home but sometimes locality makes the items more unique.
I've purchased quite a few pairs of sandals while in Oahu, there is something about purchasing a new pair of sandals at a tropical location.
The shoes are quite sexy!
What to buy: I've purchased many pairs of sandals at this location, most recently the tan colored wedge sandal, nice pair to add to my every growing stock pile of shoes.
What to pay: Anywhere between $29-$129
Malibu Shirts was a great store for tee shirts. I love wearing tee shirts and this place had some great ones.
They specialize in Vintage prints; so there are some really interesting shirts with old Hawaiian logos and travel motifs. The feel and quality of the shirts are excellent and hold up their shape after washing. On this trip I found two shirst I liked; one with an old Hawaiian Inter Island Plane and another with a shave ice logo. Both shirts were $30 a piece; decent price.
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.,
Tori Richard is a store that has men and womens clothes with an island theme to it. The stores has a nice selection of men's shirts, pants and shorts. The shirts range in price and in fabric with cotton, linen and silk shirts. The selection of women's clothing ranged from casual to elegant resort wear with dresses, tops, skirts and accessories. The clothing is perfect for an island holiday or even a cruise. The clothes are well made and built for comfort without breaking the bank.
There are several stores on the island of Oahu and a location in Maui. As we walked by the Ala Moana Shopping Center, we noticed a dress in the window. Right away I knew we were going in; it was that eye catching. The store was a nice size with men's clothing to the right and women's to the left. The sales girl greeted us warmly and Liz requested the dress in her size. It happened that her size was the one on the manequin, not a shocker it happens to us frequently. After trying on the dress we were both sold. The purple color, the cut and fit of the dress was a perfect island dress.
As we walked out of the dressing room a shirt caught my eye; a nice white linen shirts with pastel embroidery. I also saw a nice silk shirt with a sandcastle design. Liz found my size in one of the shirts as the sales girl checked for the other shirt. After trying on the shirts; I knew I wanted them. They were light and comfortable with well made fabric. Liz also found a perfume she liked which had a sweet Jasmine fragrance.
The sales girl rang up our purchases and added us to the mailing list for the store. Our items were wrapped in tissue paper and put in a cool looking bag that resembeled an old steamer trunk.
What to buy: Anything you'd want to wear for an island holiday or cruise.
What to pay: The prices here were very reasonable. Liz's dress was $108 and her perfume was $26. My linen shirt was actually on sale and was $87. The silk shirt was $130.
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!!
Hilo Hatties carries great Hawaiin clothing with bright colors and patterns you think of when you think of Hawaii!! Some clothing comes with a matching partner in the opposite sexes line.
You will also find food, gifts, local crafts, jewelry, music, staionary, toys, agmes,bath and beauty, childrens' clothes...do I need to go on?? You get the idea!
In the entranceway be sure to have your camera ready!! There is THE world's largest shirt, size 400XL...oh yes, you read that right!
What to buy: Hawaiin shirts and dresses, jewelry: island-style, Macadamia nuts, coconut candies and anything else your little heart desires!
What to pay: As little or as much as you like....sorry, I know that is a cop-out....lol.
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
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