Best Places to Shop on Oahu

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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, only on Oahu the diversity of new stores, local favorites, and out-of-the-way finds will fill this gift list.

For the casual shopper or the sophisticated consumer, Oahu is a virtual shopping paradise. Find a delightful variety of independent, locally owned markets and stores to national retail chains and upscale boutiques that sell everything from handicrafts and uniquely Hawaiian products to merchandise imported from all over the world.

The major shopping malls on Oahu include Ala Moana Shopping Center; Waikele Premium Outlets; Aloha Tower Marketplace; Royal Hawaiian Center, International Market Place, and DFS Galleria in Waikiki; Ward Centers, across from Fisherman’s Wharf; Pearlridge Center located in Aiea; Kahala Mall in Kahala; and Windward Mall in Kaneohe.  There are also dozens of independent markets, boutiques, and shops.  Following is information about these and other shopping venues for you to choose from: 

Ala Moana Center, located in the heart of Honolulu, is the world’s largest open-air shopping center with more than 290 stores 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 Town & Country and Hawaiian Island Creations to upscale boutiques such as Chanel and Gucci 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
Phone: (808) 955-9517

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet provides bargains, bargains and more bargains!

The popular outdoor bazaar is more than just a shopping experience. Hundreds of vendors 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! Open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Sunday opening is 6:30 a.m.) Admission is just $1.00.
Address: Aloha Stadium
Phone: (808) 486-1529

Aloha Tower Marketplace Despite its Mediterranean-style architecture, Aloha Tower Marketplace is distinctively Hawaiian, 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. Open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Individual shop hours may vary.
Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive
Phone: (808) 528-5700

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 O‘ahu’s Neiman Marcus. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Address: 2964 East Manoa Road
Phone: (808) 589-1135

Bailey’s Antique & Aloha Shirts in Kapahulu is the place to visit for antique aloha shirts, jewelry, clothing and other memorabilia.
Address: 517 Kapahulu Avenue
Phone: (808) 734-7628

Fighting Eel was created in 2003 by two local girls. 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.

Open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Address: 1133 Bethel Street, Honolulu

Kahala Mall is located near the upscale residential area known as Kahala.  This mall features more than 90 shops and restaurants, as well as eight movie theaters.  Kahala Mall also has dozens of independent local retailers such as The Vue, a boutique featuring local Hawaiian clothing and gift items, and trendy women’s boutiques, Adore, Ohelo Road, and In My Closet.
Address: 4211 Waialae Avenue
Phone: (808) 732-7736

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 water-skiing, 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. Open daily, hours vary by stores.
Address: 7192 Kalanianaole Highway
Phone: (808) 395-4737

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, inexpensive ethnic cuisine.
Address: 1120 Maunakea Street
Phone: (808) 524-3409

Muumuu Heaven, located on Oahu’s Windward side, recycles vintage muumuu into fashionable dresses, tops, skirts, and bags.
Address: 767 Kailua Road, Kailua
Phone: (808) 263-3366

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 lau hala hats and bags, hula accessories and instruments, Hawaiian quilts, native plants and flowers interpreted in silver and gold jewelry, paintings and much more.
Address: Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: (808) 597-8967

Nohea Gallery features the work of more than 450 artists. The store features works from painters, printmakers, woodworkers, ceramicists, glass artists and jewelers - more than 85 percent of whom live and work in the Islands.
Address: Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard
Ph: (808) 596-0074

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 Shoe Source, Old Navy and Sam’s Club. For the adventurous, there is Ultrazone Hawaii, which is an interactive laser game of tag.
Address: 1000 Kamehameha Highway
Phone: (808) 456-1000

Pearlridge Center is located near the Aloha Stadium and Arizona Memorial. It is Hawaii’s only two-phased mall connected by a monorail system, 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, and 16 movie theaters.
Address: 98-1005 Moanalua Road
Phone: (808) 488-0981

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
Phone: (808) 428-1214

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, located in the heart of Waikiki, has more than 150 stores and services in this three-story complex, offering great shopping, dining, and entertainment.  Popular shops and restaurants include Kate Spade, Apple, Ferrari, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs, and more. The center also offers free hula, ukulele, and lei making lessons, as well as live Hawaiian entertainment.
Address: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: (808) 922-0588

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, Brooks Brothers, Coach Factory, and Guess.  Waikele Center located right across the street includes Kmart, Lowes Hardware, and OfficeMax, to name a few.  Shoppers can ride a trolley car between both Waikele Center and Waikele Premium Outlets.
Address: 94-790 Lumiaina Street
Phone: (808) 676-5656

Waikiki Beach Walk offers more than 50 shops and restaurants, including local retailers and eateries such as Mana Hawaii, Aloha Army and Roy’s Waikiki, as well as national favorites such as Quiksilver and Yard House.
Address: Lewers Street between Kalakawa Ave. and the Beach
Phone (808) 931-3593

Ward Centres 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, at its four retail complexes – Ward Warehouse, Ward Centre, Ward Entertainment Center, and Ward Gateway Center.  Ward Centers is comprised of popular national retailers, including TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Sports Authority and Famous Footwear, as well as locally-owned boutiques that sell everything from designer muumuu 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, Big City Diner, Ryan’s Bar & Grill, and Kakaako Kitchen.
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Phone: (808) 591-8411
Phone (Ward 16 Theatre) (808) 593-3000

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 2:30-7:30 p.m. and Sundays 10-2:00 p.m. the mall hosts a popular farmer’s market featuring fresh produce, flowers, snacks, and more.
Address: 46-056 Kamehameha Highway
Phone: (808) 253-1143

2100 Kalakaua Avenue 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, Tiffany & Co., and Tods.  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
Phone: (808) 550-4449