Best Places to Shop on Oahu

The Ewa Wing at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii
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Are you looking for the perfect island gift from Oahu to bring home to friends and family members? Shopping lists from the easy-to-please keiki (children) to the eccentric in-laws, Oahu offers the diversity of new stores, local favorites, and out-of-the-way finds that will fill this gift list.

For the casual shopper or the sophisticated consumer, Oahu is a virtual shopping paradise. Oahu features several major shopping malls as well as dozens of independent markets, boutiques, and shops.

 You can find a delightful variety of independent, locally owned markets and stores as well as national retail chains and upscale boutiques that sell everything from handicrafts and uniquely Hawaiian products to merchandise imported from all over the world.

Major Shopping Malls

Ala Moana Center, located in the heart of Honolulu, is the world’s largest open-air shopping center with more than 350 stores and restaurants to meet your every need. The Center is recognized as having the flagship stores for most major international, national, and local retailers. Stores range from surf shops such as T&C Surf Designs and Sera's Surf 'N Shore to upscale boutiques such as Chanel and Dior to standard favorites such as Macy’s and Nordstrom. Makai Market is the largest international food court in Hawaii and one of the largest in the United States with seating for 1,500 people, offering ethnic cuisines from Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, the Philippines, Hawaii, Mexico, and Italy.


Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814

Aloha Tower Marketplace is distinctively Hawaiian, despite its Mediterranean-style architecture and is. accented by its setting in the relaxed atmosphere of the Honolulu waterfront. The festival marketplace, located at Piers 8, 9, and 10 on Honolulu Harbor, is a true outdoor market bazaar featuring popular restaurants and live entertainment.


Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813

Kahala Mall is located near the upscale residential area known as Kahala. This mall features more than 100 shops and restaurants, as well as eight movie theaters. Kahala Mall also has dozens of independent local retailers such as Cinnamon Girl, specialty clothing boutique store, and trendy women’s boutiques, Adore, Mahina, and In My Closet.
Address: 4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816

Pearlridge Center is located near the Aloha Stadium and USS Arizona Memorial. It is Hawaii’s only two-phased mall connected by a monorail system and the largest enclosed shopping center. The center’s mix of more than 170 merchants is wide and varied, from swimwear to books, stationery to jewelry. Also part of this enclosed mall are restaurants, two food courts, movie theater, and miniature golf course.
Address: 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea, HI 96701

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, located in the heart of Waikiki, has more than 150 stores and services in this three-story complex and offers great shopping, dining, and entertainment. Popular shops and restaurants include Kate Spade New York, Apple Store, Ferrari, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs Waikiki, and more.

The center also offers free hula, ukulele, and lei-making lessons, as well as live Hawaiian entertainment.
Address: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Waikele Premium Outlets is changing the way residents shop. The “mega center,” located in West Oahu, offers a variety of value retail stores and factory outlets. Values can be found at name-brand outlet stores such as Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, Coach New York Outlet, and Guess Factory. Waikele Center, which is located right across the street, includes Old Navy Outlet, Lowe's Home Improvement, and Office Max, to name a few. Shoppers can ride a trolley car between both Waikele Center and Waikele Premium Outlets.
Address: 94-790 Lumiaina Street, Waipahu, HI 96797

Ward Centre is just minutes from Ala Moana Center and offers an array of more than 100 dining and shopping options, as well as a 16-screen movie theater.

Ward Centre is comprised of popular national retailers, including T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Ross Dress for Less, and Famous Footwear, as well as locally-owned boutiques that sell everything from designer muumuus and bath fixtures to gourmet cooking items. In fact, more than 70 percent of Ward Centers’ merchants are locally owned and operated. Some of Ward Centers’ popular eateries include Buca di Beppo, Dave & Buster's, Big City Diner, Wahoo's Fish Taco, and Kakaako Kitchen.
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814

Windward Mall is an indoor, two-level mall. More than 110 gift shops, clothiers, and food outlets comprise this center conveniently located in the windward suburb of Kaneohe. On Wednesdays and Sundays, the mall hosts a popular farmer’s market featuring fresh produce, flowers, snacks, and more.
Address: 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Independent Markets

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace provides bargains, bargains, and more bargains! The popular outdoor bazaar is more than just a shopping experience. More than 400 vendors, artists, and crafters sell island-style products in booths sprawled across the parking lot of Aloha Stadium, with everything from souvenirs to plants and T-shirts to collectibles. There’s only one secret: arrive early!
Address: Aloha Stadium, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96818

Koko Marina Shopping Center is a quaint, neighborhood center in East Honolulu near renowned Hanauma Bay. Naturally, it’s easy to find stores here that are geared for the watersports enthusiast. In addition to its dive shop, snorkel shop, and other merchants who specialize in parasailing and waterskiing, the center also includes specialty retail boutiques that sell everything from beach and surf wear to dog accessories and home furnishings. At Koko Marina Shopping Center, you can also dine at several waterfront restaurants, including the popular Kona Brewing Co., or take in a movie at its theaters.
Address: 7192 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96825

Luxury Row has already been compared to Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue. The 110,000-square-foot luxury center opened in November 2002. Its tenants include Chanel, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and Miu Miu. The center also showcases Hawaii’s culture and flora, which the developer, the Honu Group, created to bring back a Hawaiian sense of place tying into the recently improved Waikiki theme.
Address: 2100 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Maunakea Marketplace is located in the heart of Honolulu’s historic Chinatown and features retail stores and an open marketplace offering fresh produce, meats, seafood, and poultry. It is literally a melting pot of ethnic foods, offering Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino food—everything from pizza to plate lunches and many other types of quick, authentic, and inexpensive ethnic cuisine.
Address: 1120 Maunakea Street, Honolulu, HI 96817

Pearl Highlands Center is another retail center on the outskirts of Pearl City. This "power center" offers residents and visitors alike access to mainland favorites such as Payless ShoeSource, Pier One Imports, and Sam’s Club. The retail center also offers a movie theater.
Address: 1000 Kamehameha Highway, Pearl City, HI 96782

Waikiki Beach Walk offers more than 50 shops and restaurants, including local retailers and eateries such as Giovanni Pastrami, Cafe Glace, and Roy’s Waikiki, as well as national favorites such as Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
Address: 227 Lewers Street, Honolulu, HI 96815

Boutiques

Fighting Eel was created in 2003 by two local women. Fighting Eel’s jersey dresses and tunics are popular with Oahu’s trendy, young women, as well as Hollywood’s young starlets. While Fighting Eel can be found in boutiques and stores throughout the country, its warehouse location in Honolulu’s Chinatown is the best place to scoop up past seasons’ collections at affordable prices.
Address: 1133 Bethel Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Roberta Oaks is an eco-conscious local brand that is committed to using sustainable materials, such as bamboo jersey and organic cotton, to create its fashionable dresses and tees. Roberta Oaks is sold at several boutiques on Oahu, including Le Grand Marqet, Madison & Co., and San Lorenzo.
Address: 19 North Pauahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96817

Shops

Anne Namba Designs uses the ageless beauty of Japanese kimono and obi to create unique contemporary clothing for women. Anne has also launched her own line of wedding attire and recently expanded her designs to include Chinese brocade clothing. Anne’s designs have been featured nationally on Lifetime television and are carried in New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue Folio Catalog, Nordstrom, Bergdorf-Goodman, and Neiman Marcus.
Address: 324 Kamani Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Bailey’s Antique & Aloha Shirts in Honolulu is the place to visit for antique aloha shirts, jewelry, clothing, and other memorabilia. You can find more than 15,000 aloha shirts.
Address: 517 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Muumuu Heaven, located on Oahu’s Windward side, recycles vintage muumuus into fashionable dresses, tops, skirts, and bags.
Address: 326 Kuulei Road #2, Kailua, HI 96734

Native Books / Na Mea Hawaii is where the locals go to purchase Hawaii-made products. Specialty products include a variety of island crafts and food products. The stores also feature lauhala hats and bags, hula accessories and instruments, Hawaiian quilts, native plants, and flowers interpreted in silver and gold jewelry, paintings, and much more.
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard Suite 270, Honolulu, HI 96814

Nohea Gallery features the work of more than 450 artists. The store features works from painters, printmakers, woodworkers, ceramicists, glass artists, and jewelers with more than 85 percent of whom live and work in the Islands.
Address: Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815