I'll be staying in Waikiki for 7 nights in Mar. Does anyone know where I can shop for discounted branded stuff (polo, ralp l, coach etc)?
Ana -- please do a search on the Oahu Forum, and scroll down through the threads as well. We (especially your fellow Aussies) talk about shopping all the time.
The Waikele Premium Outlets (check them on-line) are not handy, but it is pretty easy to take a special transportation. Personally, I would rather shop at the Ala Moana Shopping Center at Macy's.
There are a tons of places to shop on Oahu, so again ... grab a pad and pencil and do a search on the Oahu Forum.
Thanks, that outlet looks great.
"I'll be staying in Waikiki for 7 nights in Mar. Does anyone know where I can shop for discounted branded stuff (polo, ralp l, coach etc)?"
I just added a "Shopping for Aussies", Top Question on the right side of the page.
It is a recent trip report with lots of shopping suggestions.
Waikele is definitely the place you want to visit. The prices are so great there, you will have a wonderful time.
Also just across the road from Waikele is a Starbucks attached to a Borders and they had a big wall of discounted books for $1.99 and upwards. You just might want to leave the book shopping till last because some of the books are hardbacks and pretty heavy! There is also a big Kmart over there and they have a range of things designed by Jaclyn Smith which we do not get here in Australia.
Ala Moana is also fantastic but it is open 10am to something like 9 or 10pm most days, so you can easily visit there every single day if you want to cruise by after your days out. We visited Ala Moana every single day while we were there - including the day we went to Waikele if I remember correctly.
My parents who own a retail store and normally can't be dragged shopping no matter how much one begs and pleads were the ones who kept wanting to go back to Ala Moana. There is so much to see there and many bargains to hunt for in Macys and Nordstroms.
If you have big feet like me (size 10/11 womens) do not, whatever you do, miss out on the Payless Shoes which is near the International Market. Payless over there is not like payless over here because some great designers make shoes for them - eg Christian Siriano, Isabel Toledo, Lela Rose - and they have a huge section of size 10/11. I was like a deer in the headlights in there.
Those are my thoughts on shopping. ;)
Well done Dusty. A welcome addition to the tips 'n hints column.
"A welcome addition to the tips 'n hints column."
While trip reports really shouldn't be in the Top Questions, this one had so many tips for shopping for Aussies that I put it in as a Top Question.
If you and/or any other Aussie wants to write up a good "generic" list for Aussie shopping, I can edit the Top Questions & put it in instead.
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