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When you think of the Hawaiian Islands, its white sand beaches, rolling ocean waves and swaying palms overhead, might be the first things that come to mind. No doubt Hawaii is a tropical paradise, but the Islands are also a serious shopping destination.
If a little retail therapy is on your vacation to-do list, Oahu’s diverse shopping centers have you covered. There’s something for everyone and every budget, whether you’re looking to splurge on luxury goods, need locally made souvenirs for family and friends back home or you’re a bargain shopper on the hunt.
Honolulu is home to Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest outdoor mall. It got even bigger this year, with the opening of its Ewa wing with 37 new retail stores and restaurants, including Hawaii’s first Bloomingdale’s department store.
Kahala Mall, Ward Village Shops and Haleiwa Store Lots on the North Shore boast an array of small, local boutiques with unique items. For discounts on name brands, visit the Waikele Premium Outlets. And for true budget shoppers, there’s the thrice weekly swap meet at Aloha Stadium.
Oahu, like much of the rest of the Hawaii Islands, have passed plastic bag bans, which means that shops provide thicker recyclable plastic bags, sometimes for a cost, paper bags or encourage shoppers to use their own reusable bags. Don’t worry, these bags are easy to find, many are low cost, and can even make a great souvenir with their local patterns.