The Pacific’s Shopping Paradise – Honolulu
Guess what Hawaii’s #1 activity is. It’s not surfing, night clubbing or visiting world class attractions, although these are all favorites – it’s shopping! More tourism dollars are spent on shopping than any other activity in Hawaii. As a self-confessed, shopaholic with Australia’s big city stores just a short drive from home, I can’t wait for my annual trips to Honolulu where I can satisfy all of my shopping cravings.
If you too love to shop, you are going to be in heaven in Honolulu! Hawaii’s largest city and home to Waikiki, offers a vast sea of stores, including the world’s very largest open-air shopping center.
Here are some of my Honolulu shopping tips…
Sure, Hawaii has lots of beautiful sights to see around the island, but this is where those serious about shopping stay. Even locals from neighboring Hawaiian Islands fly over to Oahu for shopping weekends in Honolulu. This way can get to the best shopping destinations on foot and on the Waikiki Trolley. Learn how to use the Waikiki Trolley and other Honolulu transportation. Read my article: Getting Around Honolulu. For duty free shopping in Waikiki, check out DFS Galleria near the Royal Hawaiian hotel. This luxury retailer caters to travelers and has one of the largest duty-free shops in all of Hawaii. The Galleria now includes nine new luxury boutiques on Waikiki’s Fashion Mile (Luxury Row). For the largest variety of quality items in one location, visit the world’s largest outdoor shopping center: Ala Moana Mall.
The mall has more than 290 shops and eateries and is located across the street from family-friendly, Ala Moana Beach Park. You’ll find everything here from fine jewelry and haute couture to surfwear and kids clothes. For the most Hawaiian themed clothing and souvenir store, head to Hilo Hatties. This locally owned store, has some very good deals, rack after rack of aloha wear for men and women, gift and souvenir items and during the holiday season, you can find beautiful Hawaiian Christmas items and cards (tip – a few days before Christmas, they knock off as much as 75%). Honolulu locations: Hilo Hattie’s flagship store is at 700 North Nimitz Highway, and they have a store at the Ala Moana Mall. Take their free shuttle (detailed at their site) to either location, or take the Waikiki Trolley to their Ala Moana location. For super discounts on designer clothes, try Ross’ Dress for Less. You’ll pay 20-60% less on designer and brand name clothing and other items (like jewelry and housewares) than you typically pay at department and specialty stores. This is a national chain, but they carry many Hawaiian style clothes too. The most conveniently located Ross’ on the island (there are six total) is at Ward Centers in Honolulu.