10 Best Shopping Experiences on the Island of Oahu

Whether you're looking for designer duds for a night out on the town, or Hawaiian souvenirs for everyone back home, you'll be able to find it thanks to our list of the 10 Best places to shop. For a small island, Oahu sure has an extensive selection of great shopping. Small shops with previously owned rare items can be found deep Honolulu, not far from huge shopping centers. Multiple farmers markets and flea markets make shopping a local experience with rare finds.

Some of the best and most unique finds on the island are hiding out at outdoor markets such as the Haleiwa Farmers Market, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, and the Kailua Farmers Market. In addition to a broad selection of food at each market, these are the places to go for locally made goods, affordable imports from Asia and the Pacific, and unique, off beat finds.

Small boutiques like Guava Shop in Haleiwa and the Hound & Quail in Honolulu are the kind of places that offer rare finds sold by local residents who you'll most likely meet while browsing.

For a more traditional shopping experience, check out big malls and shopping centers like the Ala Moana Shopping Center, the largest mall in all of the islands. If you're in the mood for a more low key mall experience, the Kahala Mall and the Aloha Tower Market Place offer popular shops with smaller crowds.

Wherever you are on Oahu, you'll be able to find great shopping thanks to our list.

Kahala Mall
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Set away from Waikiki's bustle, this friendly shopping mall offers browsing in air-conditioned comfort. Its 90 stores include Macy's, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Aveda, and Ann Taylor. A selection of service businesses is also...  Read More

Waikele Premium Outlets

Discount shoppers will swoon with delight at the prospect of all these fabulous shops, located about 20 miles from downtown Honolulu. Brand-name merchandise is marked down from retail prices, and you can get great savings if you're savvy. In...  Read More

Unique, unique, unique - describes Kai Ku Hale on the North Shore in Haleiwa. Loaded with gorgeous Hawaiian style home decor, clothing, trinkets, jewelry and art, the shop is a must stop for amazing locally finds. Most of what the shop sells is...  Read More

Simply put, Hound & Quail is a melting pot for trinkets and collectibles from around the world and offers some of the most unique souvenirs and home decor you'll find. Full of collectibles, this isn't your typical jam packed antique shop...  Read More

Marked by the stately Aloha Tower, this harbor side shopping complex provides a glimpse of old Hawaii, complete with docked ships and crowds of tourists. The array of shops offers great souvenir options and all sorts of gift ideas....  Read More

At the Kailua Farmers Market, a flood of vendors selling locally made and grown arts, crafts, and food - both ready to eat meals and fresh produce. One of the rare farmers markets on the island that is actually open during the late afternoon...  Read More

Can't pass up a bargain, even while on vacation? You'll definitely want to make your way to this expansive flea market, which is held three days each week. All sorts of merchandise are available from a variety of vendors, and you're certain to...  Read More

Haleiwa Farmers Market
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Over 3,000 people come to the Haleiwa Farmers Market on average every Sunday. Located right on the beautiful North Shore near exquisite beaches and perfect waves, the market offers an average of 50 vendors every market day. The rules are that...  Read More

This enormous, open-air extravaganza is Hawaii's largest shopping center, and with 230+ businesses to explore, you're certain to find one or two to monopolize your energy. Anchor stores include Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Sears, and Shirokiya. Other...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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