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After a meal at the Hula Grill upstairs we wandered into this shop because of a tee shirt on the wall. The tee shirt was identical to a shirt Liz had bought in Sydney except it had "Hawaii" instead of "Sydney" written on the bottom. We went inside and asked the saleswoman for a large. She asked how old our child was and we said it wasn't for a child but for Liz. A bit surprised but not schocked after we told her the story of the Sydney shirt. After slipping the shirt over her head; it fit just fine with room to spare. The shirt was a medium blue with a shark on the front with "Bite me" written underneath it. We both found this shirt amusing and had to buy it. For $12.99 it was a bargain.
The shop has a variety of childrens clothing, toys and accessories. The saleswoman as it turns out was the owner and loves to keep the store stock with Polynesian dolls and items for children.
Updated Jun 8, 2010
Being a huge Formula One fan and a supporter of Ferrari; I just had to go in this store. They have an assortment of Ferrari themed merchandise from hats, shirts, watches, bags, jackets, etc. Basically anything a Ferrari enthusiast could want minus the actual car itself. And tehy do have a Formula One car model on display; by the way it is the ONLY thing they will allow you to take pictures of in the store for some odd reason.
What to buy: I already have some Ferrari items from Italy and Monaco and didn't see anything new that caught my eye in this store.
Updated Jun 8, 2010
Address: Royal Hawaiian Center
White House Black Market is a national chain of stores that cary women's clothing, shoes and accesories. My wife is a fan of their merchandise and we always stop in one when we are travelling to see if there is anything "unique" to that particular location (we have in the past found items n their St. Thomas store that was unique to the location).
Clothing in this store is very affordable and can range from casual pants and tops to party dresses. The clothing primarily comes in "Black & White" but they occasional have items in other colors as "specials" for the season. They recently had an influx of blue itsms which my wife happily scooped up at our local store.
After perusing the pants, tops and dresses; we didn't see anything out of the ordinary or that she didn't already have. So we thanks the salesgirls and continued on with our shopping excursion.
What to buy: Anything from tops, pants, skirts, dresses, shoes and accesories.
What to pay: Affordable. Dresses can range from $78 and up to $200. Pants are usually in the $75-85 price range.
Updated Jun 7, 2010
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 are quite reasonable and it's 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.
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
Updated Jun 4, 2010
Address: 2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: (808) 971-2080
The Stupid Factoy is a store with some funny tee shirts, sweatshirts and magnets for those with a colorful take on life. My wife has numerous magnets from this store and loves the cheeky sense of humor. Liz spotted a black tank top in the shop that read "Come to the Dark Side...We have Cookies". This is her style of humor so she had to have it.
They had some really funny shirts for men, women and children so the whole family can get outfitted in one of these quirky ensembles.
Updated May 25, 2010
ABC Stores are located all over Oahu. You can't walk down a block without hitting a store or several stores. The stores range from small shops to large department sized stores. Everything you could want to buy are in these stores: food items, alcohol, souvenirs, clothing, makeup, toiletries, sun block, beach towels, candy, picture frames, beach coolers, hats and more. The prices here are very affordable so it is the perfect place to pick up some cheap souvenirs for the people back home.
During our trip, Liz and I hit several of the ABC stores. I needed some sun block so we walked across the street of the Moana Surfrider for some. We also found some Tee Shirts for ourselves; a few beach ones for me and a Hello Kitty for my wife (she is a huge Hello Kitty fan). We bought some Kona coffee for my Mother-in-law and a baseball cap for my Father-in-law. At one location they had two very cute beach dresses (2 for $30) which made for nice coverups for Liz at the beach. We also bought two beach towels; a map of Hawaii for me and a Hello Kitty Hawaii for Liz.
We were told to save our receipts. Depending on how much you spend you receive a free gift. At the end of our trip we handed in all of our receipts and got a free beach bag which came in handy for lugging our souvenirs back home on the plane.
**ABC is definitely a bargain store. No items will "break the bank" or budget. It's also a great place to buy the souvenirs for the people back home without spending a fortune.**
What to buy: We've bought so much from ABC during our trip. Beach bag, towels, tee shirts, hats, hair accessories, sun dresses, sunblock, snacks, coffee.... and all very reasonably priced.
What to pay: Very inexpensive
Updated May 25, 2010
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Retail Store has everything Maragritaville themed you could desire. Tee shirts, sweatshirts, glasses, post cards, Margarita Mix..all with the Jimmy Buffet Logo can be found here. I like to collect Jimmy Buffett Pilsner glasses from the various locations we have visited so I purchases two glasses and a pint glass.
What to pay: The glasses were $14 each.
Updated May 20, 2010
Billabong specializes in beachwear/surfwear for men and women. This particular shop had only women's beach wear and swim suits. The selection was very good with suits in an array of colors and styles to suit any women's taste or style. My wife is usually on the look out for a new bathingsuit wherever we travel so I was not surprised we wound up in this store. The store was a nice size with large dispalys of swim suits, dresses, shorts and tee shirts on racks. As my wife browed I spotted a nice blue and white bikini on the rack. I called my wife over and she loved it as well. After trying it on to gauge the fit, we knew it was a keeper. I paid for the suit while she was still getting dressed; I liked it so much. The prices in this store were very reasonable with the bikini top and bottom being only $38 for each piece.
What to buy: Any bathingsuit or beachwear you could need or want.
What to pay: The top and bottom were $38 a piece.
Updated May 19, 2010
ABC stores were everywhere in Hawaii but in Waikiki were one in every corner!! They were very helpful for us because we had our supplies every day, from fresh fruits to sunscreens, and sometimes we had to take a coffee to go, it had nice flavour and the cost was $0.93!
They also have a nice collection of souvenirs in good prices. They told us to keep all our receipts and gave us a card so when the last day we gave them back we rewarded with some gifts (mugs, bags, diaries etc) depending on how much we had already spend (in any ABC, it doesn’t have to be the same one).
Written Dec 8, 2009
I noticed the bookstore chain of BORDERS in many places but I guess the one at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki must be the closest to you too. They have several books covering a range from literature to photo albums and a good section with Hawaiian music. Of course the travel section is very interesting here because if you plan to visit other islands too you will have many different guides focusing to a specific island.
What’s more we had the opportunity to buy also some maps for Kauai island so to orient ourselves upon our arrival there. The maps aren’t detailed though but they are very cheap 4-5 dollars each.
Written Dec 8, 2009
Address: 2201 Kalakaua Av
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