By Jonah Kaimana | September 13, 2012
It’s a bargain hunter’s paradise. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday thousands of thrifty shoppers visit Hawaii’s largest sports venue for the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, one of the biggest flea markets in Hawaii. The swap meet, which encircles the Aloha Stadium parking lot, features unique products and services from over 700 local vendors and artists.
There’s something for everyone at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet!
The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet’s official website describes this unique shopping experience:
“…you can find discounts on a wide selection of high quality products from clothing, accessories, Hawaiian souvenirs, pre-packaged ethnic foods, fine jewelry, vintage antiques, handicrafts and exclusive art made and sold by the artists themselves…”
There’s so much to see and do at this huge flea market. Here are a few tips on what to do when you visit the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet.
Highlights of the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
Endless Shopping Choices at Bargain Prices — With hundreds of vendors in one place, you’ll have endless opportunities for finding the perfect souvenir at bargain prices. Souvenir shops in high-traffic areas like Waikiki are expensive, but at the Aloha Stadium these Hawaiian gifts are usually half the price or cheaper. Plus, feel free to barter with the vendor if you don’t agree with how much they’re asking for. Put your bargaining skills to the test!
Meet Local Vendors — At the flea market, local artists sell their work straight to you. There are dozens of artists who craft artworks in front of your very eyes. Last time I visited the swap meet, I met a woodcarver who was working on carving Polynesian statues and surfboards featuring a design of the Hawaiian Islands. I also met a Hawaiian entertainer and hula instructor who was selling traditional Hawaiian hula accessories and instruments. She was a delightful person to talk with!
Fresh, Local Refreshments — After an hour or so of shopping under the Hawaiian sun, you’ll find many places to enjoy a refreshing snack or beverage. One of the refreshment stands offered a variety of locally grown fruits, including exotic dragonfruit and fresh apple bananas from Waialua. He also sold chilled coconut, mangoes, papaya, pineapple and more. So delicious!
Useful Facts and Information
- Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday and Wednesday Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm
- Sunday Hours: 6:30am – 3:00pm
- Admission: $1 per person
- Some vendors accept credit cards
- Wear sunscreen, a hat and comfortable walking shoes