If O‘ahu is “The Gathering Place” of the Pacific, then Waikiki is ground zero for all things shopping. Whether you’re combing the marketplace for that perfect gift, looking to add a spectacular piece of jewelry to your collection or simply some new beachwear, you’ll find it here. And so much more.
Royal Hawaiian Center
Spanning three blocks along Kalakaua Avenue, Royal Hawaiian Center can be considered the Grand Dame of shopping in Waikiki. Continuously re-inventing itself, the four floors offer an array of exciting shopping, dining and cultural experiences. These include upscale retailers like Allure swim-wear, Tourneau watch emporium, Kate Spade New York, L’Occitane and Koa Nani local jewelry; there’s an Apple store; dining options that range from Yummy Korean BBQ and Maui Tacos at the 2nd floor food court to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and Doraku for fine cuisine.
Don’t miss: Daily (and free) Hawaiian Cultural Classes led by expert kumu (teachers).
Waikiki Beach Walk
The newcomer on the block has gone so far as to draw a steady stream of local clientele to the rejuvenated Lewers Street locale. Airy, winding walkways lead past funky art galleries (Wyland and Peter Lik, to name a couple), home furnishing shops (Martin & MacArthur, Hawaiian Quilt Collection or Sky’s Koa & Ukulele) and boutiques like Mahina, Oasis Lifestyle and Popits. Dine in style at Taormina Sicilian, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Kaiwa Waikiki (sleek decor and fresh Japanese fare) or Roy’s (pioneer of the Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine movement). Giovanni Pastrami and Yard House have a dizzying array of beers on tap and the big game on TV. Looking for a little rejuvenation? Get a lomi lomi treatment at Serenity Spa Hawaii.
DFS Galleria Waikiki
Savvy travelers know that Duty Free Shops is the place to head for exclusive offerings in luxury goods, beauty, gourmet foods and more. Pick up luxury apparel for the kids at Marie-Chantal, choose a timepiece by Chopard, Piaget or Hamilton, and get your fashion fix with Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci, Chloe or Dior.
For locals: Bet you didn’t know that certain areas at DFS are open game for shopping (makeup and watches, in particular) that you don’t need to be a traveler to partake in.
Waikiki Shopping Plaza
Steadily adding to its landscape over the past few months, the sleek glass-fronted Waikiki Shopping Plaza features a plethora of boutiques and eateries that have all developed loyal followings. Names such as Belle Vie, Alter Ego, Kiwami Ramen and Marie’s Organic Cafe are anchored by retail powerhouses including A|X Armani Exchange, Sephora and the newly opened Victoria’s Secret.
Those looking for an opulent shopping experience need look no further than Luxury Row. The world’s top fashion houses—Tiffany & Co., Coach, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Gucci, Tod’s, Bottega Veneta and Hugo Boss— are all nestled within this elegant shopping destination, just waiting for your discerning fashion sense. Fronted along Kalakaua Avenue by manicured lawns and serene statues, the full-service Luxury Row also features a porte cochere with valet parking (along Kalaimoku Street).
Hilton Hawaiian Village
They say it takes a village … But here at the most expansive hotel resort on O‘ahu, the village attracts a diverse clientele to its array of local boutiques and eateries, which range from Lappert’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Coffee to Benihana of Tokyo and CJ’s New York Style Delicatessen. Shopping includes Na Mea Hawai‘i and Joyful Art, as well as Aloha Ukulele, Moana Quilts and dozens more.
Pualeilani Atrium Shops
Tucked in between the two Hyatt Regency Waikiki towers on Kalakaua Avenue, the Pualeilani Shops are a rambling, three-story bazaar of restaurants and retailers, all of which offer multilingual sales associates to aid with our visitors from Asia. Stores such as surf apparel giant Billabong and Kahala aloha wear sit among global brands like Swatch and UGG Australia as well as local offerings such as Margo Tahitian Pearl and Hokulani Bake Shop.