10 Best Shopping Experiences Near the Honolulu Cruise Port
By Jade Eckardt
Big Island, Honolulu, and Kauai Local Expert
Travelers who've put in some serious time cruising the Pacific on a ship may need to restock the basics - a camera card, toothpaste, or a good book to read. On the other hand, being at sea may have fueled the desire for some retail therapy in shops that offer designer clothing, locally made accessories, or any other fun stuff. Luckily for people on a cruise, Honolulu is loaded with tons of shopping, from outdoor markets to high end shops and galleries, there's enough shopping in Honolulu to wear out even the biggest shopaholic. Yet everything you may need or want is close to the port, making it easy to pick up that shampoo, evening wear, or waterproof digital camera.
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.
On the other end of the shopping spectrum is the International Market Place, where a huge collection of booths and small shops make up the open air market. Offering goods from all over the world, this is the spot for souvenirs and gifts.
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 DFS Galleria Waikiki
Upscale and duty-free, DFS Galleria Waikiki is a fashionista's dream come true. Although duty free shops are usually reserved for airports, this tax free shops is centrally located in Waikiki. Inside the enclosed mall, you'll browse the finest in apparel, jewelry, and cosmetics. Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, Prada, Dior, and Herm�s are just a sampling of the fine retailers that share the space. Traditional Hawaiian gifts and souvenirs are proffered at the center's Waikiki Walk -- a great spot to find the perfect gift or just to take home a little bit of the islands. Easily accessible from most Waikiki hotels. (808-931-2655, 808-931-2700)
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 International Market Place
A local fixture that's changed amazingly little since its inception in 1955, International Market Place features more than 130 shops, kiosks, and artist's stands selling everything from fine jewelry to t-shirts, from quilts to candles. While the collection of shops unapologetically caters to tourists, you'll still see authentic Hawaiian-made crafts, as well as great bargains. Market Place is organized around a banyan tree that's more than a century old and is just one of the property's trees of importance. Much-loved Queen Emma, the islands' 19th-century monarch, once owned the land on which Market Place now sits. Bring a reusable shopping bag to enhance island sustainability. (808-971-2080)
1 San Lorenzo Bikinis
In 1991, San Lorenzo was established in Lima, Peru. As a small sewing shop, the company started off with the production of clothing and swimwear. A decade later, the company had expanded its production facilities to include fabrication of their products both in Brazil and Per�. Their designs reached the islands of Hawaii with a daughter company established therein in 2002, which through its unique designs captivated women of all ages and backgrounds. The San Lorenzo shops are some of the most popular on the island, hands down. Visitors love to drop in to pick up the hot suits and stylish dresses, and the local girls have a dedicated following to the brand. They have a unique array of locally designed and out of town designed clothing for going casual or formal and a huge selection of bathing suits, most available as mix and match. ((808) 946-3200)
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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