Luxury Row

Imagine Waikiki as a catwalk: Pacific glimmer to one side; city gloss to the other – high style where they meet. The imagery explains why a resort as uncommon as THE MODERN HONOLULU – and a shopping destination as uncommon as Luxury Row – fit here.

The Row refers to the retail conclave along Kalakaua Avenue (2100 Kalakaua, precisely). While Waikiki, and Waikiki shopping, skew high-end, the Luxury Row shopping district represents the highest-end in Honolulu shopping – and emphasizes its exclusivity via an intimate, artful scale.

Inside, Luxury Row presents 111,000 square feet of haute Hawaii shopping across eight international boutiques: Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Coach, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Tod's and Yves Saint Laurent. Labels including Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Hugo Boss and Tod's showcase European style in an array of ready-to-wear pieces, accessories and jewelry for men and women, as well as elements of home dѐcor. But it is important to note how the Luxury Row locations distinguish themselves among each design house's worldwide imprint: Yves Saint Laurent selected Honolulu's Luxury Row as one of its few outposts in all of North America; Chanel's three-story, 12,000-square-foot space here is a flagship for the brand – shop the fine jewelry boutique as well as the signature boutique for ready-to-wear collectibles, sunglasses and fragrances.

Interiors so sophisticated demand striking exteriors. Luxury Row answers in a streetscape that is at once organic and built. Open-air accentuates the experience – the essence – of shopping in Hawaii. Native trees shelter; slender palms stretch upward and sparkle with light by night – as do angular torches that punctuate the lush lawn alongside benches and installations of sculpture. The scene is colored by blooming baskets hanging from street posts.

Several times a year, Luxury Row turns this tableau into a setting for celebrations of art and culture. From late fall into early winter, the boutiques host an opening receoption and exhibition of works by local artists known as Hawaii's Modern Masters. During the annual show, the visual expressions of island creatives hang alongside the stylistic expressions of global designers. And in February, The Row fetes the Chinese New Year with a chromatic lion dance.

Bonus: Luxury Row tucks in between the Pacific Ocean and the Ala Wai yacht harbor, less than one mile from THE MODERN HONOLULU. Just follow Ala Moana Boulevard east to Kalakaua Avenue and continue south – The Row begins at the corner of Kalakaua and Kalaimoku. Should you choose to drive, look for complimentary valet beneath the porte-cochѐre (validated with purchase at any Luxury Row boutique).

Luxury Row hours:

Sunday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.