Oahu Things to Do: Shopping on Oahu!
Take a break from the beautiful beaches and explore some of the wonderful shopping destinations on Oahu. This latest Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Oahu Things to Do: Shopping on Oahu’ highlights some of the best shops, boutiques and malls on this island paradise.
Perhaps shopping is not the first thing you think of when you plan your Hawaii getaway, but next to our perfect weather, beautiful beaches and wonderful food, many visitors enjoy exploring all the fantastic shopping opportunities on the island to find that unique item or gift.
Oahu offers a variety of great shopping options; small shops, luxury boutiques, grand malls, flea markets, galleries, thrift stores, souvenir shops and more.
Our Waikiki Hotel is located close to many of the best shopping venues for buying a variety of items; clothing, jewelry, luxury items, food items, souvenirs, artwork and more.
In this latest Oahu Travel Blog article; 'Oahu Things to Do: Shopping on Oahu' – we present you with some of the best, most popular and maybe not so obvious shopping options you can explore during your visit to Oahu.
Let’s get to the list!
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Location: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 1.7 Miles
Let’s start with Ala Moana Shopping Center being one of the world’s largest open-air shopping malls. Ala Moana features over 350 stores, kiosks and restaurants with favorite store brands including Macy’s, Nordstrom and product brands like Dior, Chanel, Abercrombie & Fitch, Vans, Coach, Cole Haan, Prada and many more. You’ll also discover local Hawaii originated stores including Hilo Hattie, and ABC Stores. All this shopping will definitely get you hungry and you’ll be right where you need to beat Makai Market which is Hawaii’s largest international food court offering a wide variety of cuisines from China, Thailand, Japan, Hawaii, Mexico, Korea and more.
Location: 2100 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 4 Blocks
Come to shop the very finest brands in the world, or just window shop the latest offerings from such luxury brands as, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and more. Luxury Row is a collection of the very best brand stores in the heart of Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue.
Location: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki:
Aloha Tower stands out with its distinctive tower that was once the tallest building in Hawaii. This beautifully designed Mediterranean-style shopping complex is located next to the waters edge in Honolulu. The Aloha Tower Shopping Mall has the welcoming airy atmosphere of an outdoor marketplace on Pier 8, 9 and 10. Shoppers enjoy fantastic dining options and live music throughout the day and until closing hours.
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
Location: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 9 Blocks
Browse the 150 shops, boutiques and restaurants in this perfectly located shopping complex located in the heart of Waikiki on famous Kalakaua Avenue. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is 3 floors of shops from top brands like Fendi, Kate Spade, Ferrari, Stussy, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Forever Flawless and local Hawaiian brands, like Hawaiian Island Arts, Island Fashions, Island Soap & Candle Works, and more. When the shopping is done, or when you are ready for a break, stop by one of the prime restaurants in the center; P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Champion’s Steak & Seafood, and others. You can also take a break and listen to some wonderful live Hawaiian music that is almost always on display along with entertainers, and Hula dancing.
Waikele Premium Outlets
Location: 94-790 Lumiaina Street, Waipahu, HI 96797
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 17.5 Miles
This fantastic shopping destination is located on Oahu’s west side. The Waikele Premium Outlets offer outlet pricing at many name brand stores including Calvin Klein, Coach, Barney’s, Banana Republic, and others. Waikele Center is a different shopping venue located across from Waikele Premium Outlet that houses Lowe's Home Improvement, Old Navy, Office Max and other shops. Shoppers can ride the free Trolly Car that travels from the Waikele Outlets to the Waikele Center.
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
Location: Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96818
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 10 Miles
For some great bargains, new and used items and some truly genuine ‘Hawaiian’ items, you may want to plan to spend some time at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet! Over 400 local vendors offer their goods and products in booths in the Aloha Stadium parking lot just minutes from downtown Waikiki. Items offered include, clothing, jewelry, paintings, crafts, collectibles, food items, and more!
Waikiki Beach Walk
Location: 227 Lewers Street, Honolulu, HI 96815
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 5 Blocks
Oooh, this is one of our favorite places. This complex features over 50 stores, restaurants and kiosks offering clothing, arts & crafts, jewelry, sunglasses, etc. Enjoy a memorable night of dining at Roy’s Waikiki, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Café Glace and more. Shoppers will also enjoy a variety of live Hawaiian and Polynesian music and other cultural activities, free Ukulele lessons and other free, live entertainment.
Location: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., #1254, Honolulu, HI 96814
Distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki: 1.3 Miles
It does not get any more ‘Hawaiian’ than Hilo Hattie! This is the only stand-alone store on our list, but it is worthy of the recognition. Hilo Hattie has been the world’s largest distributor, retailer and manufacturing of ‘Made in Hawaii’ goods, products, fashion, and other items since 1963. For years, residents, visitors and many people who have never set foot in Hawaii have been enjoying the traditional and unique items like Aloha shirts, Hawaiian dresses, chocolates, hand crafted items and more.
We hope our Oahu Travel Blog article; 'Oahu Things to Do: Shopping on Oahu' has inspired you to explore these and many of the other specialty shops, art galleries, fashion boutiques, thrift shops, and malls during your next visit to Oahu.
Visit our Oahu Visitors Guide for more recommendations for all there is to do, see and experience when visiting Oahu.