Guide to the 6 Best Shopping Centers
Ala Moana Center
The Ala Moana center is by far the largest shopping malls and has almost everything you need to buy within the same roof. There is a glimpse of new shops always sprouting up within the mall since it has a lot of space to accommodate new businesses and shops. You could spend an entire day here and never feel bored. There is a wide array of merchandise for you to choose and buy. Shopaholics never get tired owing to the fact that the mall has multiple food courts, starbucks and jamba juice shops to stay fresh until the shopping spree is over. You can also enjoy live and free entertainment back stage or relax near a Koi fish pools along the mall. Parking can be a chore sometimes, so make sure to arrive on the right time to find your parking spot. Whether it is the locals or the many tourists who come here, this mall is often crowded with people throughout the year and is the perfect example for a one-stop shopping venue in Hawaii.
This is a locally owned small business that sets the right tones for awesome gift items. Located right next door to 8 Half Desserts, this is a cute little shop with an amazing collection of items. The staff here are very friendly with great customer service. The items sold here are consistently expanding and reasonably priced as well. It has various styles of favors and cake toppers for showers, anniversaries, weddings, etc. The ideas are often clever as they are, but they are welcome to be customized as per your requirements. It also doubles up as perfect shop for all your gifting needs. It is highly recommended that you stop by and check out these items since they are much cuter in person.
International Market Place
The newly renovated International Market place has a nice vibe to it with plenty of areas to sit down and relax amidst your shopping spree. There is a tree house like structure where in you can walk in and read about the history and click some pictures. The 1st and 2nd floors are filled with shops while the 3rd floor has the restaurants to quench your appetite. There are chairs here strategically placed along with charging stations for your mobile device, which is a pretty cool feature of this place. The valet/self-parking rates are not so high but the only downside is the presence of many high-end shops where the rates are constantly higher. So make sure to do the right research for deals and offers during the holidays to save some dollars while you shop here.
Honolulu Night Market
Every 3rd Saturday of the month in Kakaako, an entire street is shut down and warehouses are opened up for the local business owners of Honolulu. This has eventually become a favorite event every month where you can buy stuff and support the locals. There are local brands that sell clothing, arts and other nicknacks at reasonable prices. You also get to satisfy your hunger from one of the many food trucks that are lined up here during the sale. There is live entertainment and the famous out back fashion shows. Giant lights illuminate the streets for the entire night and tourists can come here and go as they like since it is a free event to attend for all. The Night market fever is usually a cool place to be in, mainly for the friendly vibes here and a sort of a happy place to be with the friendly locals of Hawaii.
Waikiki Beach Walk
This is a lively and a beautiful sight at night especially when the tiki torches are lit up. The beach always lives up to its reputation by providing a magnificent view as you shop for your items. The shopping center consists of two levels. Tourists and visitors can shop in any of the shops here and dine at some of the best restaurants here as well. There is live entertainment and hula performances during the early hours of the evening. Occasionally there are a few fresh juice stands as well to sip in some tropical delicacies. There are comfortable seats and benches all across the sides of the beach walk under the shade of the banyan trees. This is a great place to sip on some coffee and watch some of the most colorful sunsets. Overall, this is a fantastic place for the many tourists who visit Hawaii each year and for a perfect beach experience, we suggest you to drive to up to the Northern shore where the views are gorgeous.
Aina Haina Shopping Center
This shopping center has existed for many years now and after its recent renovation, it has become a bustling place for shopaholics. This is a convenient place for shopping along with lots of parking spots. If you like the idea of grabbing some fast food, there is a wide variety of food items available here for you to indulge in. Ranging from Sushi cupcakes, subs, pizza, coffee, breakfast at Jack’s, lunch at Latour Café and dinner at Pieology. Uncle Clay’s house of pure Aloha is famous for its healthy shaved ice specialties. Foodland farms have a lot of organic groceries, prepared foods and an abundant liquor collection too. This is a great place for you to stop by as you venture out to the east side for boogie boarding, surfing, diving or hiking. This is a one-stop shopping center and a great place to hang out with the many tourists and visitors who flock this place every year.