Although there are plenty of other attractions and activities in Hawaii, shopping is one that tourists are rarely able to manage to avoid. From the largest open-air shopping center in the world to the biggest flea market in the state, OROGOLD reviews the shopping hot spots of Hawaii.
Al Moana Shopping Center
Located in Honolulu, Al Moana Shopping Center, commonly known just as Al Moana, is the largest open air shopping center in the world. Home to just under 300 different stores and 80 different dining options, this is 2 million square feet of shopping paradise. Lush landscaping and gorgeous koi ponds surround the international brands and local boutiques, many of which sell items that you can’t purchase anywhere else in the world, and there really is nothing quite like a day of shopping under tropical banana and kukui nut trees.
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
Just 20 minutes away from Waikiki, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is held 3 times a week, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. One of the hottest shopping venues in Hawaii, the flea market boasts over 400 local merchants selling everything that you can imagine, from imported goods, hand-made crafts, electric art pieces, local snacks and much more. When you start to tire of the endless rows of goods on sale, you can relax with a bite to eat and a drink from one of the many concession stands.
Waikele Premium Outlets
The Waikele Premium Outlets have become increasingly popular in recent years, with 50 outlet stores from some of your favorite brands. With names such as Michael Kors, Guess, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth and Kate Spade New York, at prices that are between 25% to 65% cheaper than other stores, you can be sure that you will be leaving with some great bargains. For those of you that are staying in Waikiki, there is a regular shuttle that can take you to and from the outlet stores.
Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center
Maui Divers started off as a dive shop in 1958, soon after which an expedition discovered black coral that was denser and more pure than ever seen before. This led to the establishment of the Jewelry Design Center, where visitors can take a guided tour of the center to see how black coral is transformed from its original state into the crafted elegance that you see in stores. The jewelry showroom sells some truly exquisite pieces, featuring black and other precious corals, as well as rare pearls, and is a must-see if you are in Oahu and want to take home a unique piece of jewelry. OROGOLD recommends making use of the center’s free shuttle bus service that runs between the center, Waikiki and the Al Moana Shopping Center.
Hawaii has a great range of shopping choices that will suit each and every budget. Whether you want to indulge in some serious retail therapy, or simply find a couple of meaningful souvenirs, Hawaii won’t disappoint.