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Shopping in Honolulu

Whether you’re in the market for flowery Aloha shirts, heirloom jewellery, or handmade quilts, shopping in Honolulu offers a wealth of opportunities.

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Several shops specialise in quality made-in-Hawaii wares, including artwork, handcrafted wooden bowls, candy, teas and coffees, and soaps imbued with plumeria, ginger, coconut, and other tropical scents. Look for the Little Hawaiian Craft Shop at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, and Native Books Na Mea Hawaii at Ward Village, 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard.

Nohea Gallery at 2424 Kalakaua Avenue is good for handicrafts, while the Hawaiian Quilt Collection and Martin & MacArthur at the Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, are worth perusing too.

Markets

Buy vintage-style aloha shirts and other souvenirs at the hip Honolulu Night Market, 449 Cooke Street, or head for the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, 99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard, a lively local bazaar where you can find such cultural collectables as tight-woven lauhala hats made from pandanus tree fibres and ukuleles made from endemic koa wood.

Shopping centres

The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, the Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, and the Ward Centre, 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard are the major shopping complexes in Honolulu. Designer and local fashions, jewellery, bath and beauty products, shoes, furniture, toys, swimwear, souvenirs, computer equipment, music, books, great restaurants – these shopping centres offer wonderful distractions for every age and every budget.

Opening hours

Shops usually are open Monday to Saturday 1000-2100. Most close a few hours earlier on Sunday. Some stores open 24 hours a day.

Souvenirs

Hawaii is famed for its heirloom jewellery, and few places produce these gorgeous gold and silver creations as well as the Philip Rickard Jewelry Factory and Museum at 2330 Kalakaua Avenue. Aloha wear has been hip ever since Hawaii Five-O hit TV screens in 1968 and the world's largest manufacturer of Hawaiian and tropical aloha attire, Hilo Hattie, at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, has plenty of bright-patterned, short-sleeved aloha shirts, and muumuu dresses in stock.

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Constructed just close enough to the majestic Diamond Head Crater for peace and quiet, yet only a short (free) shuttle ride from Ala Moana, this boutique hotel offers the best of both worlds. Accommodations are intimate and classy, and visitors can participate in beach cruiser bike rides, outdoor yoga classes, and complementary evening wine receptions courtesy of hotel management.

 

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa

Luxury holidaymakers will appreciate the on-site car hire agencies as well as the foreign currency exchange and Private Line programme providing complimentary local toll-free and calling card phone calls. Your stay also comes with in-room coffee and discounted self and valet parking.

The Kahala Hotel and Resort

Consistently voted one of Hawaii's top luxury hotels, the opulent Kahala offers up-close and personal Dolphin Quest encounters with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, private spa suites, and complimentary hula, ukulele, and lei making classes.

The Royal Hawaiian

Located on the Waikiki beach, this beatiful "Pink Palace of the Pacific" is popular with Hollywood celebrities and world dignitaries. It has 528 rooms and suites, many of them overlook the sparkling Pacific Ocean. It has become a popular wedding venue too.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

A 10-minute walk from Waikiki beach this reasonably-priced 4-star hotel has 112 rooms and guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi and great amenities nearby.

Vive Hotel Waikiki

A great deal for its price, this sophisticated hotel is just three blocks the famed Waikiki Beach, and offers free breakfast and Wi-Fi, paid parking, and a spa. If you request a room above the seventh floor, you will also have a gorgeous view of either Koolau Mountain or the Pacific Ocean.