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Oahu Travel Guide Pt. 4: Shopping


If you’d like to mix a bit of retail therapy in with the sun, sand, and surf of your luxury Kahala getaway, you’re in luck. Greater Honolulu has the full gamut of shopping experiences, from some of the world’s most extravagant malls to deliciously tucked-away mom-and-pop storefronts.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the most notable larger-scale retail outlets in Kahala’s backyard. Treat the list as a starting point, though: There are hidden-gem storefronts aplenty in Oahu, from Honolulu to the North Shore!

Ala Moana Center

Dedicate even a full day to the Ala Moana Center, and you’ll only be scratching the surface of this Honolulu institution: the biggest outdoor mall on the planet. You’ve got close to 300 stores to choose from, truly iconic brands among them: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Armani, Versace, Tiffany, and many more. Whether you’re stocking up on fashion accessories, electronics, or Hawaiian souvenirs, you’re likely going to inspire quite the appetite—in which case the Ala Moana Center’s 70 restaurants, eateries, and cafes are at your service.

Kahala Mall

If your tastes run to the boutique end of the spectrum, The Kahala Mall awaits just a stone’s throw from our oceanfront resort. Alongside places like Banana Republic and Macy’s, you’ve got many specialty apparel, accessory, kitchenware, food, and gift shops—plus a good spread of dining and carryout options. You can also catch everything from blockbusters to art-house flicks at the mall’s Consolidated Kahala Theatre.

Waikiki Shopping Plaza

Here’s another decked-out map complex, home to nearly 100 stores and restaurants right at the doorstep of world-famous Waikiki Beach. There aren’t many more glamorous places to shop, to say the least…

Waikiki Beach Walk

Speaking of Waikiki Beach, here’s one of its most happening locales: an open-air, double-decker mall with better than 40 boutique retailers, plus a range of cafes and restaurants. There’s also an outdoor plaza delivering regular live entertainment, including Native Hawaiian musicians and dancers!

International Market Place

Opened in August 2016, International Market Place features some 75 different stores—among them the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Hawaii—and no fewer than seven restaurants with outdoor dining options, all woven in a gorgeous tropical layout that includes a noble and ancient banyan tree. The market place also dedicates itself to reflecting culture and Hawaiian heritage, check out the “Cultural Journey” plaques chronicling Waikiki history that are scattered throughout the shopping center, and marvel at Native Hawaiian and Polynesian music, dance, and storytelling in the “Sunset Stories” performance series each evening.

Other Options

Close by the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, you’ve got the duty-free delights over at the T Galleria Hawaii and 100-plus storefronts of the Royal Hawaiian Center megamall. And remember: Honolulu isn’t the only place on Oahu you’ll find first-class shopping. Aiea, for instance, boasts Pearlridge Center, the biggest enclosed mall on the island and home to another Consolidated Theatres cinema.

If you’re looking for value, there aren’t many better spots than Waikele Premium Outlets a mere half-hour out of Honolulu: Oahu’s sole outlet hub tempts with dozens of top brands such as Calvin Klein, Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger.

And don’t forget The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s very own shopping arcade! We’ve got apparel, jewelry, art, and gift boutiques right here.

We also offer complimentary shuttle service to the Ala Moana Center, Kahala Mall, and Waikiki Shopping Plaza/T Galleria. Now how’s that for convenience?

Filed under: Guide, Hawaii, International, Marketplace, Oahu, Shopping, Travel
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