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The shop that’s a "must" for most visitors is Hilo Hattie’s www.hilohattie.com - buy Hawaiian shirts, Muu Muus, T-shirts, shorts and capris and other gifts. The flagship store (and manufacturing site) is at 700 N. Nimitz Highway in Honolulu. There’s another store at the Ala Moana Shopping Center as well.
Speaking of the Ala Moana Shopping Center , it’s a busy mall with over 260 shops and restaurants. It’s in an open-air setting with plants, landscaping and koi ponds to add to the atmosphere. Shuttle buses run between the mall and 10 different locations in Waikiki. It also has a food court and many types of restaurants. It is a nice place to just sit around and "people watch."
The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. It now costs only $1 a person to get in. Hundreds of vendors sell a variety of goods from clothing to jewelry to plants to housewares. The secret? Get there early!!
The Aloha Tower Marketplace at Piers 8, 9 and 10 on Honolulu Harbor is a "festival marketplace" with shops, restaurants and outdoor performers. Buy clothing, gifts, art, home furnishings, jewelry, perfume, pet gear, candles, musical instruments, etc. There’s even a " Bird Guy" shop where you can get your picture taken with native birds.
The International Market Place is an outdoor market of carts, kiosks and small shops built around a 100-year-old banyan tree. If you’re souvenir shopping, this is a terrific place to go.
The Royal Hawaiian Center has over 100 shops and restaurants. It’s located at 2201 Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki - convenient to the hotel district of Waikiki.
The Waikiki Beach Walk on the renovated Lewers St has a variety of shops and restaurants.
The Ward Centers is a collection of four centers, Ward's Warehouse, Ward Gateway, Ward Entertainment and Ward Centre. It is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The Waikele Premium Outlets open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm. This factory outlet has Sax off 5th, Armani, Calvin etc, etc. For coupons and a list of the stores, go to http://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/ . Its an easy drive from Waikiki, or there is a shuttle bus that runs all day. Pick up the shuttle bus near the Royal Hawaian Hotel.TheBus route E City Express gets off the freeway (first stop) a couple of blocks south of the outlets, it takes the freeway most of the way from downtown and is very fast if you don't mind a walk up the hill from the bus stop. Cross the street from where you get off and walk back up under the freeway overpass. You will see a Lowes on your right, the premium outlets is in the centre, across the street just north. There is a free shuttle that take visitors to all stores on both sides of the street.
One of the best bargains for shopping in Waikiki are the ABC Stores. ABC stands for "all blocks covered" because quite literally on each block, or corner, you will spot an ABC store. They have bargains on t-shirts in those stores. You sometimes can get something like ten t-shirts for $20.00. Each ABC store has a different assortment of items in them. You can buy hawaiian lamps, monkey banks, coconut bras (they go with the "grass skirts" outfit), and mumus. Just so many diffrent things that you might not be able to find on the mainland.
Another good bargain store is called the E-Z store. That store is on
Kuhio Ave. It has somewhat better brands of clothing than the ABC
stores, and you find good items there also.
If you’re looking to wine taste or puchase wine while visiting Honolulu, the Diamond Head Winery is a great place. You can also make your own wine here.
If you drive, there is a huge Wal Mart there as well which is handy for developing photos and picking up cheap t shirts.