10 Best Places for Retail Therapy Near the Honolulu Cruise Port
By Jade Eckardt
Big Island, Honolulu, and Kauai Local Expert
For travelers who've spent days or weeks at a time on a cruise, it may be time to restock some necessities, or maybe just enjoy some retail therapy. Honolulu has plenty of shopping, from off beat out door markets to luxury designer clothing, the city is loaded with unique shops and many are in close proximity to the cruise port. Whether they're within walking distance or a quick taxi ride away, these are the best places to shop near the Honolulu cruise port.
Anything a person could possibly need shopping wise can be found at Ala Moana Shopping Center, just minutes from the Honolulu port. Here shoppers will find a huge array of stores, from designer duds, to pharmacies and electronics shops. Whether visitors need a new computer or pajamas, they can find it here.
Those in search of some serious souvenir shopping don't need to look any further than an ABC Store. In addition to all trinkets Hawaiian, they also sell beer and wine, beach gear, and clothing.
Just down the street from the cruise port is Ward Center. Located across the street from the ocean, this shopping center is home to numerous clothing, jewelry and art boutiques as well as several restaurants and a coffee shop.
So whether cruisers are in need of a phone charger or to stock up on souvenirs, this list is the ultimate guide for shopping near the cruise port.
10 Ala Moana Shopping Center
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 temptations include A/X Armani Exchange, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Hilo Hattie, Prada Sport, Baccarat, Chanel, DKNY, and Max&CO. A host of eateries and services is also available. The mall is set among lush landscaping and features koi ponds as well. Ala Moana Shopping Center can be more than a shopping experience since there's plenty of restaurants and bars to provide a break between shops. (808-955-9517)
9 Down to Earth All Vegetarian Organic & Natural
Hawaii's only all vegetarian natural food store has three locations around the island of Oahu. In addition to a thorough array of grocery shopping, each Down to Earth has a well thought out salad bar as well as a hot food bar open from early morning to late at night. While the salad bar selections remain the same throughout the day, the hot food bar changes from breakfast foods to dishes fit for lunch and dinner. The food here is always healthy, much of it is organic, and it's a really satisfying meal that you can enjoy inside or outdoors at tables, or take it to go. ((808) 675-2300)
8 Hilton Hawaiian Village Shops
More than 90 specialty stores and boutiques, plus an assortment of restaurants and eateries, comprise Hilton Hawaiian Village's own retail center. With shops scattered over seven venues on the hotel's grounds, shopping opportunities pop up at nearly every turn. Check out Louis Vuitton on the Tapa Concourse, and then head to Harley-Davidson or Poseidon Jewelry at the Rainbow Bazaar. This is where you can find that high end souvenir or engagement ring. After working up an appetite from shopping, take advantage of dining options that range from the casual at Hanajuban Noodle Shop to elegant Asian cuisine at Bali by the Sea. (808-949-4321, 800-445-8667)
7 Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
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 find something intriguing to take back home or enjoy while you're on Oahu. Clothing, food, souvenirs, crafts, and hidden treasures all beckon and can be had for good prices. An ideal destination if you just want to check out the local color too. Admission is $1 and after that parking is free. There's an ATM in the parking lot. (808-486-6704, 808-486-9555)
6 ABC Store
Located all over the Hawaiian Islands, ABC Stores are a combination of many types of shops. Souvenirs, some food, wine, beer and liquor, beach gear, cosmetics and drug store items, and much more can be found on the shelves in these colorful shops. Stop at an ABC Store for a new camera, or a snorkel and mask. Need a cigar? You'll find those too. Or perhaps a pack of pens that say Hawaii on them? Yup, it's all there. ACB Stores are a place to go for any basic necessity and some fun stuff too. This location is in the Ala Moana Shopping Center but you'll find them throughout Honolulu. ((808) 941-3374)
5 Ward Centers
This sprawling complex, located near Ala Moana Park, consists of a number of separate venues, all unified in several city blocks. Each one boasts its own decor and style, and you'll find everything from restaurants to clothing stores to specialty shops. The shops that make up Ward Center are rather unique, and not run of the mill stores. Component units include Ward Center, Ward Warehouse, Ward Village Shops, Ward Farmers Market, Ward Gateway Center, 404 Ward Avenue, and Ward Entertainment Center. Nordstrom Rack Outlet, Pier 1 Imports, Sports Authority, Borders Books & Music, and a 16-screen theater comprise the backbone of the facility. (808-591-8411, 808-597-1172)
4 Hound & Quail
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 with cobwebs run by and elderly man, Hound & Quail is the brainchild of a Hawaiian Airlines pilot and friend, who collect rare and unique items from all over the world. Much of the stock in the Honolulu store is collected during the pilot's layovers around the world. The floor to ceiling glass windows on a busy Honolulu street shed light into the shop which could be likened to the home office of Sherlock Holmes. The wares available at Hound & Quail are as unique as its business hours (only Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m., with a monthly market announced on Saturdays). (808.779.8436)
3 Long's Drugs
As a branch of CVS Pharmacy, Longs Drugs is the go to pharmacy and convenience store for residents in Hawaii. Made up of the usual drug store offerings such as medications, make up, hair products, some toys, beach gear and a household items, Long's can cover just about any basic need you may have. Although there are several Longs Drugs throughout Honolulu, the store located inside of the Ala Moana Shopping Center is the most convenient location for visitors. It's easily accessible and centrally located near Waikiki. Those in need of medication can pick up prescriptions at Longs, as well as purchase on shelf medications. ((808) 941-4433)
2 Aloha Tower Marketplace
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. Purchase items or window shop in the spacious, open air shopping center that serves as an attraction or outlet for retail therapy. Representative items include candles, jewelry, clothing, Pacific crafts, fragrances, sunglasses, cigars, and island art. Onsite restaurants include Chai's Island Bistro, Gordon Biersch Brewery (on the water), and Don Ho's Island Grill. Make sure to visit the tower's observation deck while you're there. (808-528-5700)
1 Bed Bath and Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond serves as a one stop shop for just about anything, and has a huge array of things a traveler could need. As the name states, there's tons of home supplies and decor, but there's also an abundance of toiletries, electronics, and luggage. Whether you're looking for travel or full size shampoo and conditioner, an iPod or iPhone charger, headphones or a neck pillow, Bed Bath & Beyond will have it. With locations in Pearl City and Honolulu, the large store is easily accessible from just about anywhere on Oahu. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and till 8 p.m. on Sundays, the store is an easy option. ((808) 486-3791)
About 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 exploring the island. A regular visitor to Kauai, Jade recently authored a full-length Kauai guide book. She is a writer and photographer, whose work has been published in numerous regional and national magazines. When she's not writing, Jade enjoys a good beer, a good surf, and time in her garden with her son.
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