The 10 Best Shopping Malls and Centers in Honolulu and on Oahu



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. 




If you are true bargain hunter, then you will want to visit Aloha Stadium for its swap meet. The stadium market, held three days a week, is an established institution on Oahu. Admission to the swap meet is just $1 and parking is free. Inside,...  Read More




Oahu's best shopping draws aren't just in Honolulu or Waikiki. Don't miss Pearlridge, located in Aiea in central Oahu. It's the largest enclosed mall on Oʻahu with more than 170 stores and eateries and is anchored by Macy's, Sears, Bed,...  Read More


Waikele Premium Outlets


You spent a lot of money just getting to Hawaii. If you're looking for quality goods without the high price tag, then visit Waikele Premium Outlets on Oahu's west side. This outlet mall boasts 54 luxury brand stores. Here, shoppers can get great...  Read More




Haleiwa received a major facelift with the unveiling of its 27,000-square-foot open-air retail center that opened in mid-2015. Modeled to look like the town's old plantation-style shops, Haleiwa Store Lots features more than 16 shops, including...  Read More




This large shopping center, only topped by Ala Moana Center, boasts more than 110 shops, boutiques and restaurants. In the open air center, there's everything from luxury brands such as Fendi, Hermes and Valentino, to local boutiques including...  Read More




For a unique shopping experience, visit the T Galleria Hawaii on Royal Hawaiian Avenue. It's high fashion shopping with a twist--this duty, or tax free shop, is in the heart of Waikiki. The mall boasts fine women's and men's accessories,...  Read More


Hilton Hawaiian Village Shops
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Inside the expansive Hilton Hawaiian Village is the equally impressive Hilton Hawaiian Village Shops. There are more than 90 speciality boutiques and stores tucked within the Waikiki resort, not to mention its 20 restaurants and bars. The...  Read More


Ward Village Shops
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This sprawling shopping complex, rebranded collectively as the Ward Village Shops is located across Ala Moana Park and consists of four separate venues. Don't worry, they are all within walking distance from each other. The Ward Centre and...  Read More


Kahala Mall
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Out of the hustle and bustle of downtown and away from the Waikiki crowds, Kahala Mall in east Honolulu is known for its chic, upscale boutiques. In between the mall's anchor tenants of Macy's, Whole Foods Market and Longs Drugs are boutiques...  Read More




You can spend all day at Ala Moana Center. After all, with nearly 300 stores, it is the world's largest outdoor mall. In fall 2015, the Honolulu mall got even larger with the opening of its Ewa wing with 37 new retail stores and restaurants,...  Read More


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Meet Tiffany Hill

Tiffany Hill has lived on Oahu’s Leeward and Windward sides, but today she calls Honolulu home. She is a writer whose work is regularly published in regional and national publications,...  More About Tiffany Hill

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