ABC Stores: They're Everywhere!
Definately one of the things you'll notice during your stay in Waikiki are ABC Stores. These stores are literally everywhere. Don't be suprised to see 2, even 3, on the same block.
What to buy: They sell a little bit of everything: food, souvenirs, beach equipment, etc.
What to pay: They can be a little on the pricey side.Related to:
- Family Travel
various: Ala Moana Centre
This shopping centre throngs with people and has many shops for you to spend your $$$.
It covers 50 acres of shopping area, with more than 200 shops, and is the largest open air shopping centre in the US.
The food court can accommodate 980 persons.
The Centre opened in l959 the year Hawaii became a state with less than 90 stores. How it has grown !!!
What to buy: anything and everything
Ala Moana Shopping Center: SHOPPING!!!!
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Hawaii's largest shopping destination with approximately 230 stores and restaurants. U.S. Post Office on site. Entertainment activities regularly scheduled. International food court. Department stores: Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Sears.
What to buy: Clothes & gifts
Wal-Mart: Get your souvenirs here
Don't get ripped off. If you can buy it on the island - you can buy it at Wal-Mart. I shopped in Mililani and it was wonderful. "Locals" flip-flops were $3.67. Macademia nuts are $1.80 in a gift box. Beach towels are $7.50. Get your goods here and save a few bucks.
What to buy: Tiki Gods, beach towels, lei's, bottle openers, coffee mugs, flip-flops, macademia nuts, coffee, aloha wear, and all of your other island needs. Buy inexpensive snorkeling sets here for $10-$20, instead of paying rental fees. Ladies, try the kid section - basic set is $10 and fit me better than the adult set.
What to pay: Cheaper than you can buy it anywhere else on the island. And it's the same stuff.
ABC Stores: All in One Store
I think i should be paid to write this!! hahaha...but i can't help mentioning that the ABC Stores are a baker's dozen in Waikiki!!! I'm only assuming that Honolulu has it's own share!!! But, seriously, if you want to buy everyone back home a souvenir, go into THESE stores...and i mean you can't just go in one...you gotta go in to all of them. With so much variety and cheap, cheap prices, you can't go wrong!
Crafts / Gift shops: Hilo Hattie's
Hilo Hattie, the largest manufacturer of Hawaiian fashions, attracts more than a million visitors to its ever-expanding empire throughout the state. Its Ala Moana store is a leap in image, quality, range of merchandise, and overall shopping options. You can find great gifts here, from coconut utensils to food products and aloha shirts in all price ranges and motifs. There are some inexpensive silk aloha shirts as well as brand-name aloha shirts like Tommy Bahama and the store's own Hilo Hattie label.
Ala Moana Centre
This was the view from the Ala Moana Hotel looking down on the entire roof of the Ala Moana Shopping centre. At the time of my first visit to Honolulu, the Ala Moana was fairly new. It is still the State's largest open-air shopping centre.
There are more than 200 stores.
When you're looking for 100% Kona to take home, look for sales at place like Long's Drug and the supermarket. You might need to sign up for one of those discount cards so annoyingly prevalent at American grocery/drug stores.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Waikele Outlets & Shopping Center: Way out in Waikele
Way out of Honolulu, past Aiea, and in Waipio / Waipahu is where you'll find the Waikele Outlet Shops and Waikele Shopping Center. A trolley takes you between the two centers. While you'll find a large make-up of tourists in the outlet mall, you'll find a greater population of locals on the other side ... no division intended! Very relaxed shopping conditions here.
What to buy: This shopping area has all the luxuries of a large shopping center, yet placed away from the faster paced city atmosphere. Not much you can't find here.
What to pay: Moderate (remember, you're in Hawaii) to very expensive.
This an example of a Macadamia Nut
This is the Macadamia Nut, they have a very hard seed coat enclosed in a green husk that splits open as the nut matures.
It contains a white kernel 80% oil & 4 % sugar.When roasted the color becomes uniform.
Kualoa Tropical Farms.: Flowers Fruits , Nuts , Coffee's for sale at farm.
A shop inside this big Tropical Farm , it sells
a variety of flowers fruits Macadamia Nuts ,
Coffee's an many other items.
What to buy: The Macadamia Nuts come from large Macadamia trees reaching 30 -40 feet high.Related to:
- Family Travel
Pearl Ridge Mall: Peacefulness of PearlRidge
This is a mall. There are many shops here ranging from quite exclusive to the common. You'll find many places to eat and even an arcade and movie theatre. Very nice atmosphere where a lot of locals shop. Located in Aiea, just past Pearl Harbor, you can't miss Pearl Ridge Mall, especially if you know what a watercress field looks like. (see photo)
What to buy: You can find almost everything here.
What to pay: Moderate to expensive.
Hawaiian Plants from Gift Shops: About Plants
It's not what the shop is, it's what not to try to take out of Hawaii. Plant starts are okay, as long as they're marked approved for export--but I noted that the airport agricultural inspection lists excluded plants in soil. I bought bare branch starts of plumeria, hibiscus, and orchid; fortunately, they survived the trip in my carry-on in good shape.
I wanted to take home a whole bag full of avocadoes. 'Tis not allowed, however, so I regretfully left my friend's sack in her office. (The inspectors do open your bags and coolers.) My daughter was able to bring coconuts out--guess they're okay in their original husks.
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Art Is: Art Is in Haleiwa
Very cool designs.
What to pay: I have no idea what the cost was, I just saw the yard. It was closed when I was walking past.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
International Market Place: Open air market
The International marketplace is a great place for souvenir shopping or to get a cheap bite to eat in the food court.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
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