After just returning form 10 fabulous days in Oahu and shopping up a storm (took back 58kgs of luggage, 4 carry on bags a suit bag!)
We bought everything from socks to suits, cheap shoes and designer shoes and thought I may help other Aussies going over
I loved Ala Moana shopping centre (similar to Bondi Junction or Chadstone shopping centres), Macys and Neiman Marcus had great sales on - $19 Levis, $9 Calvin Klein men’s underwear (we paid $26 at Myer Sydney) all the boutique shops were great, most had sales on, it is SO much cheaper than Sydney – I bought Juicy Couture thongs for $20 which I saw at David Jones Bondi for $99, Diesel t-shirts $30, I bought some American brand wedges for $11 at Macys and Christian Louboutin shoes at Nordstrom for $220 (easy $800 at D’J;s ) I bought all new cosmetics hair care, skin care at Sephora ( giant cosmetics store I am in love with! ) Chanel foundation for $42 (I paid $87 here in Sydney at Myer) I splurged on a Christian Dior Handbag for $900, which I just priced in David Jones for $1900! My boyfriend bought a Hugo Boss Suit for $750 ( $2000 in D’J’s )
The shops along Waikik were also great, great clothes shop for women called White House Black Market which I loved, All the Guess/Juicy Coture/Deisel and ALL designer shops are cheaper then here,
I am not a huge outlet fan as I find that most of them stock leftover goods they cant get rid of but I went with an open mind to the outlets in Waikele – I should have trusted my instincts – waste of time, it was just that, old stock that wasn’t even cheap: ie: Michael Kors handbags for $250 that were very ugly compared to the $120 one I bought at Ala Moana at the actual Michael Kors shop!!! The same with the Ross Dress for Less shop, I know some people rated it but it was like a giant Best & Less Shop that had been turned upside down, again there was the odd “designer” item which were old and ugly!
There is just so much more variety over there , look on all the websites before you go – Sephora.com, macys.com, neimanmarcus.com, etc… and you will see all the prices and products they have before you go!
Any questions please ask! Don’t forget to get your tourist card at Macys – take your passport and they give you a card which entitles you to 10% of everything – even sale stock!