Walmart was founded in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas by Sam Walton. According to their 2011 corporate factsheet, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has over 9,600 retail units in 28 countries, including over 4,400 retail facilities (Walmart stores and Samâs Club warehouses) employing over 1.4 millon associated in the United States.
Walmart is without question one of the great U.S. retailing success stories.
One of the most frequent questions that I'm asked by email, or even when I'm in Hawaii, is "where is the nearest Walmart?"
The good news is that there are Walmart stores on each of the four major islands of Hawaii with four on Oahu; two on Hawaii, the Big Island; and one each on Kauai and Maui.
The Honolulu Walmart is located just off of Kapiolani Boulevard, within 2 miles and 10 minutes of Waikiki where the majority of island visitors stay.
For visitors staying in the Ko Olina Resort area, however, the Waipahu Walmart store is the closest, less than 9 miles and 20 minutes away, just north of the H1 (Queen Liliuokalani Highway) exit 5 heading back towards the airport.
The two other Walmart locations listed below are located near populated residential areas in central Oahu which are generally not convenient for island visitors.
Here are the addresses of the four Walmart locations on Oahu:
Honolulu Walmart Store
700 Keeaumoku St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 955-8441
Mililani Walmart Store
95-550 Lanikuhana Ave.
Mililani, HI 96789
Phone: (808) 623-6744
Pearl City Walmart Store
1131 Kuala St.
Pearl City, HI 96782
Phone: (808) 454-8785
Waipahu Walmart Store
94-595 Kupuohi St.
Waipahu, HI 96797
Phone: (808) 688-0066
Hawaii Island (Big Island of Hawaii)
On Hawaii, the Big Island there are two Walmart locations, one on the eastern side of the island and one on the western side of the island. Both are located very close to each of the to major airports on the island.
The Hilo Walmart is located less than 4 miles and 10 minutes south of the town of Hilo just off of Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway).
The Kailua Kona Walmart is located about 9 miles and 20 minutes south of Kona International Airport in Kailua-Kona on the Queen Kaahumanu Highway.
Here are the addresses of the two Walmart locations on Hawaii Island:
Hilo Walmart Store
325 E Makaala St.
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-9115
Kailua Kona Walmart Store
75-1015 Henry St.
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 334-0466
On Kauai, there is one centrally located Walmart. The Lihue Walmart is located on Highway 56, the Kuhio Highway, less than 2 miles and 5 minutes from the Lihue Airport. Whether you're staying on the island's north shore, east coast or sunny southern shore, you're sure to pass through Lihue as your tour the island.
Here is the address of the Walmart on the island of Kauai.
Lihue Walmart Store
3-3300 Kuhio Hwy.
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 246-1599
Kahului Walmart Store
101 Pakaula St.
Kahului, HI 96732
Phone: (808) 871-7820
For visitors to Hawaii who are staying in condominium hotels and resorts or rental properties, shopping at Walmart is one of the best places to save considerable dollars over the amounts charged for grocery staples in the local supermarkets. All of the Hawaii Walmart stores carry a complete line of the basic food items that you will need to stock your kitchen for your vacation in Hawaii. You'll find most of the items you're used to finding at home as well as a lot of local favorites that are worth trying.
You'll also be able to find an excellent selection of macadamia nut products, Hawaiian-made cookies and candy, Hawaiian coffee, wine and liquor.
The Hawaii Walmart stores also are a great places to shop for Hawaii souvenirs such as books, calendars, mugs, t-shirts, and hundreds of other items. Each store has a separate Hawaiiana section dedicated to these types of items.
Several years ago I was visiting a home owned by one of Hawaii's most famous artists and I was impressed by the lovely Hawaiian quilt bedspreads on each bed throughout the house. Knowing how expensive they usually are, I commented on them to the caretaker and she shared a secret. They were purchased at Walmart!
Before I returned home I stopped by the local Walmart and found one of the exact same quilts for our queen-size bed for about $100. The quality is excellent and I never have to worry about one of our pets ruining a priceless original which would be worth ten-times as much.
So, next time you're in Hawaii, stop by one of the local Walmart stores. You'll be surprised by a lot of what you'll find.