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Best Places to Shop on Oahu


Looking for the perfect island gift from Oahu to bring home to friends and family members? Shopping lists from the easy-to-please keiki (children) to the eccentric in-laws, only on Oahu the diversity of new stores, local favorites and out-of-the-way finds will fill this gift list.

For the casual shopper or the sophisticated consumer, Oahu is a virtual shopping paradise. Find a delightful variety of independent, locally owned markets and stores to national retail chains and upscale boutiques that sell everything from handcrafts and uniquely Hawaiian products to merchandise imported from all over the world.

The major shopping malls on Oahu include: Ala Moana Shopping Center; Waikele Premium Outlets; Aloha Tower Marketplace; Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, International Market Place and DFS Galleria in Waikiki; Ward Warehouse and Ward Center, across from Fisherman’s Wharf; Pearlridge Center located in Aiea; Kahala Mall in Kahala; and Windward Mall in Kaneohe. There are also dozens of independent markets, boutiques and shops. Following is information about these and other shopping venues for you to choose from:

Ala Moana Shopping Center, located in the heart of Honolulu, is one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world with more than 200 stores to meet your every need. The Center is recognized as having the flagship stores for most major international, national and local retailers. Stores range from surf shops such as Town & Country and Hawaiian Island Creations, to upscale boutiques to standard favorites such as Macy’s and Sears. Makai Market is the largest international food court in Hawaii and one of the largest in the United States with seating for 1,500 people, offering ethnic cuisines from Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, the Philippines, Hawaii, Mexico, and Italy. The Center’s most current renovation is the addition of a third level that enhances its island feel through flora and fauna decor. Recent store openings include Malama Salon & Day Spa, Fossil, Macy’s, Swavorski, Valentino, Sketchers, and Cinnamon Girl, a local clothing boutique.
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: (808) 955-9517

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet provides bargains, bargains and more bargains! The popular outdoor bazaar is more than just a shopping experience. Hundreds of vendors sell island-style products in booths sprawled across the parking lot of Aloha Stadium, with everything from souvenirs to plants and T-shirts to collectibles. There’s only one secret - arrive early! Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $.50.
Address : Aloha Stadium
Phone: (808) 486-1529

Aloha Tower Marketplace is distinctively Hawaiian, despite its Mediterranean-style architecture, accented by its setting in the relaxed atmosphere of the Honolulu waterfront. The festival marketplace, located at Piers 8, 9 and 10 on Honolulu Harbor, is a true outdoor market bazaar featuring specialty retail shops, popular restaurants, an open-air food court and live entertainment. Open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Individual shop hours may vary.
Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive
Phone: (808) 528-5700

Anne Namba Designs uses the ageless beauty of Japanese kimono and obi to create unique contemporary clothing for women. Anne has also launched her own line of wedding attire and recently expanded her designs to include Chinese brocade clothing. Anne’s designs have been featured nationally on"Lifetime" television and are carried in New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue Folio Catalog, Nordstrom, Bergdorf-Goodman and Oahu’s Neiman Marcus. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Address: 2964 East Manoa Road
Phone: (808) 988-9361

Bailey’s Antique & Aloha Shirts in Kapahulu is the place to visit for antique aloha shirts, jewelry, clothing and other memorabilia.
Address: 517 Kapahulu Avenue
Phone: (808) 734-7628

Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry Factory & Museum offers more than beautiful local jewelry, it also houses a museum that traces the evolution and history of heirloom jewelry in Hawaii.
Address: 2301 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: (808) 924-7972

The International Market Place is an open-air market in the heart of Waikiki, built around a 100-year-old banyan tree, . This labyrinth of kiosks is a souvenir hunter’s paradise. Open daily, hours vary by shops.
Address: 2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: (808) 971-2080

The Kahakii Gallery at the Polynesian Cultural Center features original contemporary works by Hawaiian artists. Among its contributors is the gallery’s curator, Kim Taylor Reece, Hawaii’s foremost fine art photographer. The gallery also features a guest artist each month.
Address: 55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Phone: (808) 293-3333

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