From high-end malls to expansive open-air shopping precincts, outlets and flea markets, Hawaii shopping is your opportunity to enjoy some serious retail therapy. In fact, many visitors spend as much time shopping as they do on the beach.
The Honolulu shopping scene is perhaps the most well-known with famous destinations like the open-air Ala Moana shopping centre and outlet stores.
However, great deals and unique items aren’t just restricted to Oahu. Maui also features a thriving retail industry, and if you’re considering unique items on your list of what to buy in Hawaii, the Maui Crafts Guild is a must-see.
Maui is considered a shopper’s paradise. Boutique stores, high-end malls, and souvenir shops are perfectly balanced to give you a Maui shopping experience that covers all retail desires. Destinations like Whalers Village offer premium oceanfront retail, while souvenirs are readily available at the malls of central Maui. Meanwhile, the Maui Crafts Guild at Paia showcases handmade artisan wares like jewellery, pottery, basket weaving, and art.
Waikiki shopping is renowned for its extensive outdoor shopping options including the world-famous Ala Moana Center. Featuring 300 big-name retailers, it’s a tourism destination in itself that also includes a collection of local vendors offering authentic Hawaiian wares. Meanwhile, if a high-end retail experience beckons, check out the fine offerings of Luxury Row.
When it comes to affordable retail therapy, you can’t pass by the selection of Hawaii outlets. It’s the perfect place to nab a bargain. Oahu is home to the Waikele Premium Outlets, where you can peruse over 50 brand-name outlet stores all offering great discounts. Meanwhile, the outlets of Maui, located on the waterfront of Lahaina, also offer great deals at over 25 outlet stores.
A vast selection of Hawaii markets offer the opportunity to lay your hands on arts, crafts, vintage items, and authentic Polynesian wares. For the ultimate flea market, head to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, 20 minutes from Waikiki. Here, over 400 stall-holders showcase their offerings three times a week. Meanwhile, Maui hosts a slightly smaller affair every Saturday at Kahului that also offers great finds.