Shopping Guide: Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

By Olena Heu

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, Oahu. Photo: BYU-Hawaii.

A day spent at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is likely a day filled with bargaining and browsing through the more than 400 local vendors, artists, crafters, designers and merchants. Noted as one of the state’s largest outdoor markets, you’ll discover something for everyone whether it be a souvenir, clothing or fine jewelry for yourself.

Souvenir Central

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, Oahu. Photo: jongela19.

The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is the perfect place to find unique items and Hawaii-inspired souvenirs for friends and family. From painted coconuts, scented candles, faux flowers for your hair to colorful trinkets and Hawaiian roasted macadamia nuts the number of souvenirs on-site is both impressive and can be a bit overwhelming. Often the artists and artisans are selling their creations in-person for you to browse and enjoy. Also, souvenirs can be very affordable and great for the bargain hunter. Here’s a tip, the more you purchase could qualify you for added discounts.

Uniquely Hawaiian

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, Oahu. Photo: Michael Ocampo.

In Hawaii, our culture is part of our identity. With that we share some artifacts inspired by our location, music and history. At the Swap Meet you’ll find local artisan creations aimed at showcasing our island culture with handmade jewelry, carefully constructed Hawaiian instruments and original prints. This open-air market is an ideal resource for authentic instruments including Polynesian drums, ʻukulele, feather ʻ ‘uli’uli and the Hawaiian gourd or ipu. Uniquely Hawaiian casual apparel is abundant here with one-of-a-kind logo wear available on t-shirts, caps and jackets. Aloha lifestyle attire from an array of designers features surf shorts, aloha shirts and floral dresses for women of all shapes and sizes.

The Finer Things

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, Oahu. Photo: Ajay Suresh.

From silver, gold, platinum, seashells, pearls and hand-carved wood, you’ll discover a large selection of fine jewelry and accessories in an impressive selection of styles, sizes and prices. Something simple like the hand carved wooden hook to platinum rings with sparkling diamonds, the colorful pieces and handcrafted pieces are a feast for the jewelry shopper. If you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank but is inspired by the jewelry brands you see at mega malls, it’s likely you’ll find something similar but at a highly discounted price. If you’re looking to indulge in the finest accessories embrace the traditional Hawaiian Heirloom style of jewelry or seek out the vintage antique collections on-site too.

The Aloha Stadium swap meet is open every Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sundays from 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., often rain or shine. With the endless number of rows featuring all types of vendors, make sure to give the site a good walkthrough be-fore committing to any large purchases because you could find better deals along the way; and be sure to bring cash as not all the vendors accept credit cards.

See also: Aloha Stadium Swap Meet – with map

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