What Are 4 Tips for Shopping in Oahu?
Your Hawaiian vacation can truly be whatever you want it to be. There are so many adventures to take on the Hawaiian Islands that you don’t need to choose just one route for fun! A great way to get acquainted with the island of Oahu is to take the circle tour from Honolulu. You’ll be picked up at your hotel and taken around the area to see the biggest sights and best vantage points. You’ll see Diamond Head and the Chinaman’s Hat and in the process become more comfortable with your surroundings (and snap some great photos!). So what now that you’ve seen the standard tourist sights? Well shopping in Oahu is a great deal of fun, too!
Here are four tips for shopping in Oahu:
- If you’re the type of shopper who can walk through store after store for hours without even a drop of water, Oahu has the mall for you! But you have to plan your day accordingly. One of the largest and most popular shopping centers in Oahu is the Ala Moana Center. Here, nearly 300 stores and 70 dining options great you. You’ll find luxury retailers such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel but also the departments stores like Macy’s and less high-end stores such as Lucky Brand. What’s unique here is that you’ll also find some stores that sell local Hawaiian wares. You can do your normal shopping, high end shopping and souvenir shopping all in the same place. But again, be mindful that this center won’t be a quick stop in the middle of your day—it will be your whole day!
- Another tip is to go shopping in areas where Hawaiian wares are found. This is a fun way to shop because you’ll get souvenirs that you can only get in Hawaii. Whether you’re shopping for family, friends or yourself, you’re bound to find something unique at the Royal Hawaiian Center. The Royal Hawaiian Center is the perfect place to shop for Hawaiian arts while also finding cultural activities for the whole family. The space is 310,000 square feet and contains the Royal Grove, a beautiful open green space.
- Now that you’ve shopped Hawaiian wares, where do the Hawaiian’s shop? One unique experience is the Aloha Swap Meet on Wednesdays and weekends. The swap meet is held outside Aloha Stadium for $1 per person. You can usually find souvenirs for less than you’d find them at the Royal Hawaiian Center but you can also find a huge selection of aloha shirts, luggage and more. You’ll find an eclectic set of goods here. While it’s not for everyone, if you enjoy a hunt, this is a must see event!
- Finally, if you’re not one to shop for clothing and jewelry and other wearables, try visiting a local farmer’s market. There is one large farmer’s market in Kapi-olani college community but you may be able to find others as well. Here you’ll get some of the freshest produce and also locally-made foods.
There is plenty of good shopping in Oahu. Whether you’re into the resale and bargain items or the high end shops, there’s something for you!
Written By: Leo Malagon