If a holiday to Hawaii is on the cards, be prepared for not only sun kissed beaches and incredible weather but fantastic shopping. Over the years, Hawaii has grown itself into a shopper’s paradise, leaving many guests to lap up the retail therapy, rather than sunbaking on the golden shores of Waikiki Beach. Adding another notch to their already populated belt, Hawaii now boasts warm sunny weather, gorgeous golden beaches, fascinating Polynesian culture and glamorous shopping malls.
Here are five of our favourite shopping malls in Hawaii.
Ala Moana Centre, Honolulu
Keen shoppers will be in heaven at the open air Ala Moana Centre in Honolulu. Hawaii’s largest shopping centre, this mall is home to more than 290 stores, ranging from major international luxury designers to the top American department stores. Here you will find Macys, Sears and even Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Satisfy those hunger cravings at one of the fine dining restaurants or at the large international food court. From homewares and electronics to handmade Hawaiian gifts, you are sure to find what you are looking for in this shopping mecca.
Waikele Premium Outlets, Waipahu
Those with a little less coin to spend should head to the Waikele Premium Outlets, Honolulu’s only outlet mall. Perfect for avid bargain hunters, here you will find a gamut of brand name merchandise at discounted prices. In addition to the luxury shopping brands, this open air facility features a selection of surf shops and shoe stores. Popular brands include Tommy Hilfiger, Converse, Adidas, Sketchers, Juicy and more. Savvy shoppers can browse over 50 outlet stores to find quality brand name items at great prices.
Kahala Mall, Honolulu
Retreat from the heat, with an afternoon at the air conditioned Kahala Mall in Honolulu. Boasting over 90 stores, this popular mall has many famous brands including Banana Republic, Aveda, Ann Taylor plus a Macy’s department store and a Whole Foods supermarket. After you have worked up an appetite, enjoy the variety of eateries including California Pizza Kitchen, Panda Express, Pizza Hut and Pearl’s Korean BBQ. Once you can shop no more, head to the onsite cinema and enjoy the latest flick.
Royal Hawaiian Centre, Honolulu
Just minutes from Waikiki Beach, you will find the popular Royal Hawaiian Shopping Centre situated on Kalakaua Avenue. Housing more than 110 stores and restaurants, this shopping hub is one of Hawaiian’s largest malls. From casual to upscale, there is an assortment of stores selling everything from designer apparel and fine jewellery to surf clothes and Hawaiian treasures. Take a break from the retail therapy and dine at one of the many onsite restaurants and eateries.
Ward Centers, Honolulu
Not quite your typical shopping mall, Ward Centers is a sprawling shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Comprised of five shopping neighbourhoods, this vibrant precinct is home to over 135 stores. Featuring an eclectic mix of mainstream brands and unique boutique shops, found nowhere else, shopaholics will be in heaven. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine with over 40 dining options to choose from or see a movie at the state of the art 16 screen theatre.