Do you have enough time to go to the Ala Moana Center? Is transportation your problem? Are you tight on the budget? If you don't have time and you just have a few days to explore the islands but don't miss out in bringing home gifts, make sure to check the stores at the streets back of Kalakaua Avenue. The t-shirts, jewelries, Hawaiian items are much cheaper than those found at the shops found at hotels. Of course, it is still cheaper to pick up gifts at the Kam Market or at the Wal-mart store (yeah, brahdah, there is Wal-Mart in Hawaii now) to buy inexpensive gifts.
What to buy: Inexpensive Hawaiian puka necklaces, t-shirts and other gifts - refrigerator magnets, picture frames, bathing suits, Hawaiian beach towels, etc.
What to pay: 3 for $20 for Hawaiian t-shirts, $7.95 for each puka necklaces.
Ala Moana houses an array of expensive signature clothing and purse stores and inexpensive locally-owned and managed Hawaiian stores. There is also Macy's on the third level, Sears on the first level. There are different chain stores inside the mall. Also, there is a food court inside the Ala Moana Center, fast food restaurants, ice cream parlors and little shops that sells mementos, chains, necklaces and local Hawaiian jewelries.
What to buy: Whatever you want: from Gucci, Louiv Vuitton, Fendi, Coach, Bebe to bargain t-shirts. You name it, the mall has it.
What to pay: Not sure. But if I were you, I will just go to the food court and eat. After eating, just walk around the mall if I have a lot of time. But if you are shopacaholic, then there are so many things to buy!
Wal-Mart is a very popular store in the mainland United States. Almost all cities have Wal-Mart! It's taking over America! I can understand why. It is very inexpensive.If you wanted to save on anything that you wanted to buy, go to Wal-Mart!
Then just recently, Honolulu has one! Then two! Then another one is opeing in December!
A lot of the businesses don't like it. The native Hawaiians opposed it. There's a lot of talk about it. But, they can't keep Wal-Mart from opening its business!
My family went to Wal-Mart to buy toiletries and some beach necessities (bottled water and mat) because it was so expensive to buy these items close to Waikiki. But then I found out that the Wal-Mart in Hawaii sells a lot of things that a tourist wanted to bring home!
What to buy: Most of the items you can find at tourist stores in Waikiki. Besides, Wal-Mart sells video games, electronics, toys, apparel, appliances, garden, sports, gifts, jewelries, home furnishings, clothings, cosmetics, toiletries, and food.
Wal-Mart also sells Hawaiian t-shirts, Hawaiian refrigerator magnets, shot glasses, Hawaiian key chains, Hawaiian leis, puka shells, mats, bathing suits, Hawaiian towels, hats, postcards (the postcards are way cheaper than in Waikiki!), Hawaiian car stickers, etc. You name it, they got it!
What to pay: regular postcards - $0.17 a card
postcards with stickers at the back - $1.00
refrigerator magnets - $2.99
bigger regrigerator magnets- $3.99
It's a local swap meet where you can find anything - people sell new stuffs to old items. Some people sell all those mementos and gifts that you can find in Waikiki Shops but you save a lot of money by coming here. A Hawaiian t-shirt at the Waikiki shop would cost $3 for 20 but at the Kam swapmeet, you can get 10 shirts for $20!
The swapmeet is located in a huge lot and you can park your car. You pay 50 cents to get in. You can park your car inside the swapmeet.
The best time to get to the swapmeet is at 7-8 am in the morning. You can find a lot of parking. An hour, later? Forget it! Go park close to the Circuit City and walk up the hill!
What to buy: I bought some Hawaiian necklaces- those that you find at Waikiki Beach. The stores over in Waikiki sell each necklace for $7.95 to $25.00. At the swapmeet, you can get 8 pieces for $10.00!
The Hawaiian t-shirts are very cheap, too! It cost $2 per t-shirt - small, medium and large. It didn't really matter what size. These are tagged $2 per item.
What to pay: Spend about $50 to buy all your gifts to bring home to your family or friends and relatives.
The Hilo Hattie store was established in 1963 and it is voted as the "best Place for Aloha Wear" by the island residents for the past five years. The store has the Hawaii's largest selection of Hawaiian products, world's largest manufaturer of Hawaiian fashions and the lowest prices in Hawaii.
The Hilo Hattie store has the largest selection of classic looks, vintage fashions and the lates styles that you can find. The Hawaiian designs are beautiful. They have choices from silk to cottons and the quality of the products are excellent!
They have infant wear to the largest wear of men and womens' sizes.
The designs range from bright and fun colors to cool and casual; contemporary elegant evening wears to the island classics.
The store also sells coffee, cookies, candies, jams and jellies and even Hawaiian syrups, spices and sauces. They also sell hundreds of home products like candles, frames, wooden bowls.
Hilo Hattie has free shopping shuttle that takes tourists to their store in Nimitz and have drop offs at Aloha Tower Marketplace, Ward Center or Ala Moana Shopping Center.
The pick ups and drop-offs is every 20 minutes in front of the hotel from 8:20 am to 4:50 pm.
Hillo Hattie provides trolleys to take you from your door to their store!
What to buy: The scheduled pick-ups are:
Renaissance Ilikai Waikidi Hotel - 8:20 am -4:20 pm
Hilton Hawaiian Village (Bus depot) - 8:22 am to 4:22 pm
Kai Aloha Hotel (Saratoga Road) - 8:25- 4:25 pm
Sheraton Moana Surfrider -8:32- 4:32 pm
Duke Kahamoku Statue - 8:35-4:35 pm
ResortQuest Waikiki Beach - 8:40 am to 4:40 pm
Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio - 8:42 am to 4:42 pm
OHANA Waikiki West - 8:45 am -4:45 pm
Wyland Waikiki - 8:47 am - 4:47 pm
OHANA Maile Sky Court - 8:50 am - 4:50 pm
The stores are in 700 Nimitz Highway or at the Ala Moana Shopping Center Ground Floor. The stores open Mon-Sat 9:30 am to 9:00 pm. Sunday opens at 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy. The mens & women's fahsions from $19.99 to $99.99.
Pearl Ridge Mall is a quieter atmosphere than Ala Moana Center, or the shopping centers in Waikiki. Stores don't open until 9:30 or 10:00, so don't show up too early. I don't have a favorite shop there, but my husbands fav store is Sears ... go figure! This is the little hut in the middle of a water cress field just in front of Pearl Ridge, Uptown.
What to buy: Be sure to pick up some local music to take back with you. And what's a trip to Hawaii if you don't have a t-shirt that says you were there?
What to pay: A little cheaper than Waikiki, but still a mall is a mall and you can expect to pay higher than dept store prices. If you're there during any major holiday, keep your eyes open for special sales.
Ala Moana is the largest shopping mall in the Honolulu area, and they have most anything that you would need during your stay in Hawaii....
Name brand imports, American junk food, pharmacy items, clothes, its your typical American style shopping mall...
Easy to get to as this is a major bus hub...
These are the two stores that carry most of the cheaper Hawaiian gifts - Hawaiian necklaces, bracelets, refrigerator magnets, Hawaiian shirts, etc. You can also come here buy beach mats, slippers, bathing suits and sun tan lotion.
My daughter needed slippers and a Hawaiian dress and we got these at the ABC store for $13.00! We got discounts! When you are flying Hawaiian Airlines, cut off the coupon they give out and there is a free Hawaiian mug that comes with a $50 buying spree at Hilo Hattie.
If you have enough time, you can also buy at the Walmart and or a Ala Moana.
What to buy: Gifts to bring to friends and family at home.
What to pay: 25-40% less than other stores
This flea market is a lot of fun, both for shopping and for people watching. Everything is much cheaper , certainly than in Waikiki with more original made-in-Hawaii kinds of givables. Strolling among the different stalls can be done in a brisk half-hour, but two hours is more like it. If you are a shopaholic or with your wife or s.o. of the female persuasion, plan on four to five hours.
Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8 am and 2 pm.
What to buy: T-shirts, refrigerator magnets, and lauhala (pandanus) crafts are good buys.
What to pay: Less than in Waikiki.
As you're walking through Kailua Village, you will encounter a labyrinth of quaint shops. Now a shopping village, the original structure was Kona's first oceanfront hotel.
In the 1980s, the sprawling Kona Inn Shopping Village was built to give central Kailua a convenient shopping complex which now includes over 50 specialty retail shops, restaurants and services.
What to buy: EVERYTHING!
At the swap meet you can find just about anything from T-shirts to games to suitcases, jewelry, souvenirs, calendars, lei's, shaved ice mmmm. The swap meet has it all.
What to pay: Although everything is a decent price, bring a decent amount of money.
This is the largest mall in Hawaii. There are three stories full of shops and a large food court on the bottom floor. It offers everything any mall would have to offer plus some Hawaii tourist shops to buy souveniers and trinkits of the islands.
What to buy: One thing I liked there was the food court. They had the best giant pretzels I've ever had. If you like giant pretzels or just shopping in general this is the place to go.
This open-air market can be a good place to find bargains, as most of the merchants will bargain with you. On the other hand, most products are marked at least 50% above what they're really worth, so shop around the local stores before you head into the Market Place.
What to buy: This is a good place to buy souvineers in bulk (T-shirs/inexpensive jewelry/hadnbags) as the more you buy, (usually) the better deal you get.
I got this tip from a fellow VT friend before I came out (Thanks Robyn!)
There are more ABC stores than the Jackson 5 had hits, no joke!
Some like them - some don't but I found them very usefull, very cheap and with a good selection of food, drink and island goods to boot. There's always one open near you and if you keep all your reciepts you'll probably get yourself a free mug before you go home.
What to buy: Buy whatever takes your fancy, something to remind you of your stay. The shops are good for Hawaiian gifts though many are made in the phillipeans.
I bought my work colleagues some Macadamia nut toffee and they Lurrrved it!
What to pay: Items are cheap so you'll probably buy lots.
You'll find just about anything you could possibly want on Kalakakaua Ave in Waikiki. From ABC shops (one on every block it seems) to Billabong, the International Marketplace and Gucci. It's all there.
In case you've never heard of them, the ABC shops are combination souvenir shops / convenience stores. You can get T-shirts, bikinis, shot glasses, tikis, boogie boards, Coca Cola, chips or trail mix. You get the idea. You'll find them everywhere in Hawaii.
A lot of the shops have really neat window displays, like the one shown here. I saw this aquarium from the street and saw people walking inside it and I HAD to go in! There's a hollow walkway that goes right through the aquarium! It's really cool! I forget exacty which store had it. I think it was near the International Marketplace.
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
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