Oahu shopping is a rather large category because there are so many stores. The first thing I tell everybody is before you buy anything go to the Aloha Flea Market for some of the best shopping in Oahu. You can find beautiful Hawaiian t-shirts, 4 or 4 for $10.00, Aloha shirts and dresses from $8.00 - $12.00. You can also find great prices on jewelry. I bought a $10.00 sterling silver Hawaiian ring that was $49.00 in Waikiki. Set aside a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday to enjoy the flea market. Stores are abundant in Waikiki and Honolulu, so I guess we can start with Waikiki’s best shopping. It is always fun to take the free Hilo Hattie shuttle to the Hilo Hattie Factory and Store. You will find a large array of Aloha wear along with every other kind of Hawaiian souvenir you can imagine, from key chains to fine jewelry. On the way back they will drop you off at the Hilo Hattie store at The Ala Moana Shopping Center, if you desire to do so.
Oahu shopping offers something for everybody from casual stores to world class stores like Chanel, Bernini, Burberry, DKNY, Gap, Guess, Christian Dior, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Fendi, Dooney & Burke, Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Versace, Bulgari, Cartier, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Rolex and even Disney.
Another great spot to walk around and shop is the world famous International Marketplace. It is a wonderful place that should not be missed. Winding pathways take you through the shops under the large banyan trees filled with singing birds. Prices are higher than the Aloha Flea Market but everybody should still walk through. Next to the International Market Place is Dukes Lane and Kings Alley. The alleyway is a little more crowded but the vendors are willing to deal with you. Never settle on their first price. I have gotten a $10.00 item for $3.50. YOU MUST BARGAIN! If you want more upscale stores you should walk or take the bus or Trolley to The Ala Moana Shopping Center. This is a truly beautiful mall with many upscale stores, like Banana Republic etc. The walk around the mall is really quite nice and you will usually find free entertainment on stage in the center of the mall. There are some great music stores in the mall that carry a large selection of slack key guitar and other Hawaiian music.
Along Kalakaua Ave. starting at Lewers street you can shop at the three story Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. These are upscale and expensive stores. Wonderful entertainment is also seen here at certain times of the day. If you are looking for Hawaiian plants to take home, you will find a great selection at the Royal Hawaiian Plant Stand in the Market Place close to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, on the first floor. You can buy beautiful fresh flower leis at Aunties Lei stand at the corner of Kalakaua and Lewers. You can watch Auntie make the leis by hand.
Another great Oahu shopping spot is The Aloha Tower Marketplace, located on Honolulu Harbor. This shopping mall has a huge food court and many indoor and outdoor restaurants offering fabulous views of the Harbor. Crafts, Hawaiian artwork, gift items and souvenirs are among the many types of merchandise to be found in the numerous specialty stores and kiosks here. At night, this place becomes one on Honolulu’s hot night spots.
Another place to get really good bargains is the Waikele Premium Outlets. There are more than 25 stores offering deep discounts.
There are great malls all over Oahu. Just past Diamond Head is the Kahala Mall. The kahala Mall has almost 100 stores, including upscale boutiques and some funky one of a kind stores. In Kaneohe, there is another really nice mall called The Windward Mall. This mall is in a fantastic location between Kaneohe Bay and The Ko’olau mountain range. In Aiea close to Pearl Harbor is Pearlridge Center. This mall is so big it has a monorail to get from one end of town to the rest of the mall on the other end. It has over 200 stores. Oahu shopping does not get bigger than this.
I have also added a complete list of all of the larger shopping malls in Oahu. This link, Shopping Centers on Oahu will direct you to the page with a listing of all the shopping centers in Waikiki, Honolulu and Oahu shopping all around the island
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