Hawaii Shopping on Oahu

What do you picture when you think of Hawaii shopping? Grass skirts? Matching aloha attire? Macadamia nuts? They're all part of it...But it is so much more.

How about the biggest open air mall in the world?...right in the middle of Honolulu on Oahu. Oahu is "Hawaii Shopping Central".

Where are the best places to shop on Oahu? That really depends on what you are looking for...Oahu has it all.

You will be able to find everything from the stereotypical tourist items to designer Italian shoes. I will describe the various shopping areas to explore on Oahu, and you can simply choose which ones to go to for yourself.

Ala Moana Shopping Center

Ala Moana Shopping Center on Oahu

This is the biggest open air mall in the world so you will be able to find most anything here. From European designers and name brand boutiques to "crack seed" stores, it is all here.

All the big department stores such as Macy's, Neiman Marcus, & JC Penney, as well as clothing chains such as Gap and Banana Republic are here...Ala Moana is what Hawaii shopping is all about.

Visit their website at www.alamoanacenter.com for a complete list of all the stores and restaurants.

Suggestion--After "Hawaii Shopping" here, enjoy your favorite beverage at the Mai Tai Bar. It is an open-air bar featuring comfortable sofas as well as traditional bar stools. They also have live music in the evenings.

Victoria Ward Centers

Ward Center--Hawaii Shopping Center

This Hawaii Shopping Complex is just down the road from Ala Moana Shopping Center. They have many one-of-a-kind shops and over 23 restaurants. There also is a 16-screen megaplex theater.

Some of my favorite places to eat are here including Kakaako Kitchen and Kua Aina Burgers.

Visit their website at www.victoriaward.com for a complete list of stores and restaurants.

Aloha Tower Marketplace

Aloha Tower Marketplace on Oahu, Hawaii

This little Hawaii shopping center is right on the water in Honolulu Harbor next to...Aloha Tower. Another one of my favorite restaurants, Chai's Island Bistro, is located here.

You will often see one of the big cruise ships docked here. It is about a 10-minute drive from Waikiki.

Visit their website at www.alohatower.com for a complete list of shops and restautants.

Waikele Premium Outlets

They have such stores as Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Coach, Polo, A|X Armani Exchange, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Right across the street from the outlets are more stores such as Old Navy, Lowe's, Starbuck's, and Barnes & Noble.

They are located about a 20-minute drive from Waikiki. Visit their website for a complete list of stores.

Tip--Waikele Premium Outlets is conveniently located close to many golf courses such as Ko Olina Golf Course, Waikele Golf Course, and the Prince Golf Course...just in case you want to go golfing while others are shopping.

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

This is a Hawaii shopping experience that everyone can enjoy. It is a flea market that runs around the entire circumference of Aloha Stadium.

Hawaii Shopping at Aloha Stadium

All types of vendors bring their goods from all over the island. You can find clothes, trinkets, food, etc. It is a great place to buy cheap t-shirts.

Cost--$1 per adult admission.

Hours--Every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our boys wearing hats from the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

TIP--Go early because the asphalt gets hot. Bring water, suncreen, and a hat. (Or you can buy a hat like we did for our boys...)

International Marketplace

When people think of Hawaii shopping, this may be the first image that comes to many peoples' minds. The International Marketplace is an Oahu landmark in the heart of Waikiki.

It is a fun place to walk around, and bargain hunters may find their groove here...Prices here are negotiable. Start off by offering half of what they are asking and go from there...they will probably give you an "astonished" look to begin with, and then let the games begin!

Visit their webiste at www.internationalmarketplacewaikiki.com for a complete list of stores and restaurants.

Hawaiian Surf Shops

Local Motion Surf Shop-Hawaii shopping at its finest

You can't talk about Hawaii shopping without mentioning surf shops. Being the birthplace of surfing, Oahu is home to many fine surf shops where you can find some really cool things .

You can buy anything like clothes, beach chairs, beach towels, shoes, stickers, and jewelry. The main stores are Local Motion, Hawaiian Island Creations, and Town & Country.

My favorite is Local Motion. This is their flagship location in Waikiki. The staff there is always super friendly and helpful.


This is an unlikey name when you think of shopping on Oahu, but don't overlook it. Costco is a warehouse type store that you need a membership to get into. It is like a Sam's Club...but a lot better!

This is a great place to get groceries for the week. You will also find special Hawaii shoppping items that they don't sell at other Costcos. Some examples are:

  • Hawaiian coffee
  • Specialty books
  • Specialty foods
  • Island wear
  • Hawaiian music

They also have gas stations at some of their locations. It is significantly cheaper than other places.

Visit their website at www.Costco.com to find locations on Oahu.

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