The Best Shopping in Hawaii
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Some people travel to Hawaii for its picturesque beaches and beautiful blue waters; others go for its amazing shopping opportunities. If you’re looking for things to do in Hawaii, the answer is shop until you drop and look no further than Waikiki as it’s the perfect destination to do so! Waikiki is the heart of Hawaii’s shopping industry—you will not leave this destination empty handed. With boulevards lined with both high-end and affordable brand names including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Apple and Victoria’s Secret, no shopper will leave this thriving hub disappointed. You won’t have to choose between swimming and shopping when staying in Waikiki either. You can have both! Spend your days in the sun and surf because the shops are open late. Take a stroll after dinner to see what Kalakaua Avenue has to offer and grab a bargain while you’re in Waikiki!
Hawaii’s Best Buys
There are three things to look for when shopping in Hawaii: beauty products, designer wear and Polynesian-style buys.
Don’t miss the opportunity to stock up on beauty products while holidaying in Hawaii. The prices are much more affordable here and you will find all your favourite items from back home! Visit the Sephora store on Kalakaua Avenue to find all the best brands including Clinique, Tom Ford and Shisheido. Open from 10am-11pm every single day of week, you can purchase everything from skin and hair care to cosmetics.
Your holiday in Hawaii is the perfect time to shop for and spend big on designer wear. You will find that full retail price works out cheaper in Hawaii than it would back home in Australia. You will not be short of places to find some great purchases either, there are plenty of opportunities for high end shopping in Hawaii. Try the Luxury Row on Kalakaua Avenue, retailers in the lobbies of hotels including Sheraton Waikiki and Princess Kaiulani, and the T Galleria shopping centre.
Take home some Polynesian-style buys to remind you of your incredible time in Hawaii! Get your hands on some original Hawaiian shirts and records at Bailey’s Antiques on Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu or find a handmade ukulele at the family-run business, Kamaka Hawaii, which can also be found in Honolulu.
Visit the markets
If you’re looking for a shopping experience a little different from any other, then make sure you plan a trip to the markets while staying in Hawaii! The one to visit is the International Marketplace, centrally located in Waikiki. Here you will find the best local souvenirs, t-shirts and a random assortment of gifts to choose from to take home for family and friends. Many of the shops at this marketplace are exclusive to Hawaii and known for their uniqueness and low prices. From 10am-11pm every day you can have a walk around, people watch, chat with locals and try Hawaiian delicacies. This marketplace is one to add to the bucket list!
The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and Marketplace is another unique shopping experience to add to the list. Just a 20-minute drive from Waikiki, this open-air flee market is a fun place to purchase arts and crafts, dolls wearing handmade Polynesian outfits and local produce, including Kona coffee! You will not get bored here with over 400 stalls to visit but remember, this market is only open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am-3pm!
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Post by Charlotte Hird
Charlotte is a Gold Coast based writer with a passion for travel. Her mind is always on the beach, sun and her next holiday destination!