Honolulu Shopping: Luxury Beneath the Palms
Whether you are looking for beachy fun or high-end chic, Waikiki shopping is a not-to-be-missed activity. Let THE MODERN HONOLULU point you to the best of Honolulu shopping, including the world's largest outdoor shopping center, Ala Moana, Waikiki's Luxury Row or the flipside of Oahu shopping, the designer Waikele Premium Outlets.
Equal parts beach and chic, Waikiki is synonymous with open-air shopping. Certainly you've heard of Ala Moana, the world's largest outdoor shopping center. Nearly 300 retailers make it so – from anchors including Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom to designer boutiques such as Balenciaga, Burberry and Tory Burch. You'll also find a strong collection of only-in-Hawaii vendors, specializing in island-distinct apparel, jewelry and home decor. Open-air walkways lead to the shops – and spoils of visual surprises: koi ponds; native landscaping indicative of the mountains and the sea (banana trees, ti leaf plants and ferns). Meander to the fourth-floor terrace for many of Ala Moana’s dining selections, a total of some-70 restaurants, bars and casual eateries. From THE MODERN HONOLULU, watch for the Waikiki Trolley’s Pink Line “Shopping Shuttle” – approximately every 10 minutes, the trolley stops by to transport shoppers to Ala Moana. One-way tickets are $2.
For high-end Honolulu shopping on an intimate scale, inquire into Luxury Row at THE MODERN HONOLULU Concierge Desk. Alongside the palms, discerning boutiques dress Kalakaua Avenue, an essential element of the greater Waikiki shopping district. Expect international boutiques including Chanel, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co. and Yves Saint Laurent.
For the flipside of Oahu shopping, Waikele Premium Outlets is a must. This airy collection of 50 stores bears many of the designer names you’ll find at Ala Moana Shopping Center and along Luxury Row (A|X Armani Exchange, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Bahama, to namedrop a few) – at discounted prices. Make a day of it if you wish – Waikele presents shoppers with a few quick-service dining and refreshment options as well.