Shopping in Hawaii – particularly in Honolulu – trends toward luxe (with the requisite atmosphere and price tag). For the flipside of Honolulu shopping, Waikele Premium Outlets is a must. But let's make a few things clear first: This is outlet shopping Oahu-style. Waikele Premium Outlets gets this. As open-air shopping is synonymous with Hawaii shopping, you could shop all day here and barely miss the sun, thanks to the center's open-air, one-story layout. (This can also make parking simpler, should you choose to drive. Parking spaces fan out around the storefronts, so you can map out precisely where you'd like to enter or exit without intimately knowing the center floorplan before you arrive.)
The experience is enhanced, of course, by the fact that Waikele Premium Outlets belongs to the Premium Outlets portfolio, the global network of outlet shopping centers known for creating ambient environments and connecting shoppers with a deep collection of designer brands – at savings from 25%-65% daily. Waikele is, in fact, the only Premium Outlets location in all of Hawaii.
Waikele applies the Premium Outlets philosophy to 50 stores in Oahu – bearing many of the same names you'll find at legendary Ala Moana Shopping Center and in the high-end Luxury Row shopping district along Kalakaua Avenue. For clothing and accessories, and, in many cases, for men, women and children, that means Adidas, A|X Armani Exchange, Barneys New York, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Coach, Izod, Juicy Couture, Levi's, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tommy Hilfiger and True Religion Brand Jeans, among the Waikele Premium Outlets directory.
Dedicated shoppers plan ahead. Begin by registering for the Waikele Premium Outlets VIP Club to receive advanced notice of sales and special events. Then, inquire at THE MODERN HONOLULU concierge desk into transportation options. Waikele Premium Outlets is located approximately 15 miles (30 minutes) northwest of THE MODERN HONOLULU, and transportation is available by taxi, shuttle and even a narrated tour encompassing Oahu's central plain. Once you arrive at Waikele Premium Outlets, you can make a day of it – though you should note that the dining options are paced for convenience. Still, label-seekers on a focused Waikiki shopping spree can find the fuel they need in sushi, Hawaiian and Thai selections (and refreshments including ice cream).
Waikiele Premium Outlets hours:
Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Call ahead for extended sale and amended holiday hours.