Having severe Hawaii withdrawal symptoms .... arrived home last week. Perhaps some of the following will be helpful when shopping.
Waikele Outlets - try and make a resvervation on the PJ Plover shuttle bus ($10.00 return fare) because it fills up quickly. Don't rely on showing up at the designated stops as I saw people turned away. Prices are in US$. Saks Off 5th store is good. All on one level and easy to get around. Good selection of clothes, shoes and accessories but they do not stock "petite" sizes (I'm 5'1"). Michael Kors handbags are probably the best price you'll get and also at the Michael Kors store. Best buy was Gucci sunglasses, originally $299.00, paid $99.00. Coach was having a 30% off sale. Lots of lovely handbags, wallets, accessories, etc. Best buy was a leather tote bag, originally $250.00, paid $125.00. Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Banana Republic have lots of cotton tees and casual wear. Pack light, go shop and wear what you've bought! Godiver Chocolates was constantly full of shoppers - more expensive than the usual chocolate but oh so indulgent. Something else to remember is that food selections are limited or unappetising. Have a good breakfast before you go . There is a McDonalds a bit of a walk away that has many selections that we do not have in Australia.
Macys - the store on Kalakaua Avenue is a small, one level mini version of the one at Ala Moana Mall. First thing to do is get yourself a visitor's 10% off card. Show them your passport or use your Aussie accent! They have the cards which are valid for 30 days at each register. If you to to Ala Moana Mall, you must go up to the Customer Service Centre (level 3 I think) to get one. Mac eyeshadows $15.00 (AUS$30.00) basically the prices for all the make-up was 50% less than in Australia. The Ala Moana Mall store has a brilliant selection of petite sizes including designer brands. Best buys were Anne Klein trenchcoat $128.00, Not Your Daughter's Jeans $99.00 (they sell for $280.00 in an upmarket boutiques at home) so bought three pairs. You can also get other jeans for as little as $20.00-$30.00). Check out the clearance racks. You'll need to sift through them but is so worth it - I found many things reduced by 70%. The shoe department had lots of racks of reduced shoes, sandals and thongs (especially what I call "party thongs" - embellished with flowers, diamonte or beads). Flat ones and also some with small wedge heels. All at good prices, most 50% off.
Victoria's Secret - what can I say? The best thing about the store is they have a concierge room where you can deposit the shopping bags you may already have and shop unencumbered. Great idea. Stock up on knickers five for $25.50 and sleepwear separates two for $35.00. Drool over the glamour lingerie.
Sephora - best buy was Make Up Forever High Definition Powder $30.00 (AUD$70.00). All the brands were substantially less than in Australia.
Swarovski - on a mission for a girlfriend, her cocktail ring was $125.00 (AUS$200). Research before you travel if you want something in particular.
ABC Stores - great for picking up little things that you may have forgotten to bring with you. Also good for beach gear and inexpensive token gifts, keyrings for $0.89c!
International Marketplace - for those of you in Sydney, it's much like Paddy's Markets. Lots of stalls selling jewellery, beach clothing, sarongs, etc. etc. Inexpensive for any souvenirs you may need.
So much more ....... make a list. My best advice is if in doubt, buy it anyway. You'll get home and wish you had bought it.