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Honolulu Shopping: A Guide for Travelers

SmarterTravel

With a wealth of stores and a vibrant local arts and crafts scene, Honolulu shopping is both fun and unique.

Honolulu Shopping Guide

Looking for a memento of your trip? Consider bowls or sculptures handcrafted from native wood; bags and baskets woven from coconut fronds and the leaves of the hala tree; Niihau shell and seed lei; or CDs featuring the music of local performers. And don’t forget the food! Teas, jams and jellies, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, and island-grown pinapple and coffee are popular choices when souvenir shopping in Honolulu.

Made-in-Hawaii Gifts

Stores in or near downtown Honolulu that specialize in made-in-Hawaii gifts include Na Mea Hawaii (books, music and educational materials), Martin & MacArthur (furniture, watches, and decorative items), and Nohea Gallery (art, jewelry, and crafts).

KCC Farmers’ Market

Produce, flowers, baked goods, beef, seafood, cheese, fruit preserves, snacks, seasonings, and more—all made or grown in Hawaii—draw huge crowds to the KCC Farmers’ Market, held on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings at Kapiolani Community College.

Honolulu Malls

If you’re more into malls than farmers’ markets, head to Ala Moana Center, home to more than 350 stores and restaurants, including upscale brands such as Gucci and Kate Spade. Another popular Honolulu mall is Royal Hawaiian Center, one of Hawaii’s largest shopping centers.

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace

For a fun local Honolulu shopping experience, head to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace. More than 400 vendors, artists, and craftspeople hawk their wares at this massive outdoor market, where you can pick up everything from fine jewelry to classic Hawaiian souvenirs. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

Waikele Premium Outlets

About a half-hour outside Honolulu are the Waikele Premium Outlets, where you can stock up on discounted goods from Calvin Klein, Armani, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.

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