Shopping Guide: Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki

By Olena Heu

Royal Hawaiian Center is the premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural destination in Waikīkī, comprising 110 shops and restaurants over three city-blocks of Hawai‘i’s renowned Kalākaua Avenue. The Center stands proudly upon a parcel of land known as Helumoa, once home to Hawaiian royalty. Photo: Royal Hawaiian Center.

Noted as a cultural shopping experience nestled in the heart of a visitor’s paradise, Royal Hawaiian Center is home to more than 100 stores and an impressive line-up of hands-on activities for the whole family. You can shop, dine and be entertained by the essence of true Hawaii presented with aloha in Waikiki.

Fit for Royalty

Royal Hawaiian Center hosts the largest concentration of flagship stores in Hawai‘i including Apple, Cartier, Fendi, Harry Winston Salon, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, kate spade New York, Loro Piana, Omega Boutique, Rolex Boutique, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tourneau, Tory Burch, Valentino, and Tiffany & Co. flagship opening in 2018. Photo: Royal Hawaiian Center.

Originally regarded for its ideal beachfront location and abundance of fresh water, Helumoa was once home to Hawaiian royalty including King Kamehameha I. Passed down from generation to generation the land is now a part of the Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate. In fact, Helumoa grounds and The Royal Grove remain maintained and redeveloped into Royal Hawaiian Center. Now the royal playground welcomes guests from around the world to shop at luxury retailers including Harry Winston, Jimmy Choo and Tourneau. In addition, they feature flagship stores Fendi, Cartier and Hermes. Where shopping is both exquisite and refined.

Accessorize It

Plumeria earring. Photo: Jamoor.

From diamonds to pearls and designer watches, a collection of sparkling and practical await you. Pick a Pearl by Maui Divers allows you to select your very own oyster and create your personalized pearl accessory. Omega and Rolex Boutiques offer the finest in genuine precision timepieces for him and her. Meanwhile, Olivia Hawaiian Jewelry is a one-stop-shop for your custom and handmade Hawaiian heirloom-style bangles, brackets and pendants.

Share Aloha

Royal Hawaiian Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to three-blocks of shopping in central Waikīkī, the Center also offers trendy upscale American, Italian, and Japanese restaurants or, for a more casual ambience, the Pā‘ina Lānai, Waikīkī’s largest food court. Photo: Royal Hawaiian Center.

Hawaiian gifts and specialty aloha apparel are in abundance in Waikiki, but at Royal Hawaiian Center one-of-a-kind finds and uniquely authentic gifts are conveniently available in one beautiful location. Specialty island-wear for the casual explorer can be found at Crazy Shirts, while Lole Hawaii Aloha Wear provides an array of floral prints and comfortable patterns for the whole family and Allure swimwear offers the latest fashions in bikini sets, suits and beachwear. From Island Soap & Candle Works, to Simply Wood Studios and Royal Hawaiian Golf Shop you’ll leave with something very special.

Cultural Experience

Hawaiian culture is celebrated every day at Royal Hawaiian Center with a variety of complimentary cultural-arts activities such as hula instruction, lauhala weaving, lei-making, ‘ukulele classes, and live entertainment featuring Hawaiian music and hula performances. Photo: Royal Hawaiian Center.

If you tire from shopping, exploring and browsing…The center invites you to participate in complimentary cultural lessons, demonstrations and activities held Monday through Saturday. Hands-on experiences including hula, lomilomi, ‘ukulele and lei making are just a few of the memories that can be made (first come, first served and some classes may be limited to 25 people). In addition, live evening entertainment can be enjoyed most nights around 6 p.m.

Royal Hawaiian Center is more than just a shopping destination; it is a cultural experience and a part of Hawaiian history. Visit and you will see it is aimed at perpetuating the culture while combining the beauty of Hawaii with the evolution of today.

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