Your Roadmap to Shopping in Waikiki

By Olena Heu

Photo: Luxury Row.

There’s literally something for everyone in Waikiki. Translated, Waikiki means “spouting water” and its fancied location created an ideal retreat for both royalty and visitors. Much of the landscape has changed over time, yet so much has stayed the same with people from around the globe frolicking to Waikiki for the best in shopping, adventuring and exploring.

Your 3 Main Thoroughfares in Waikiki


Back in the day, Waikiki was much larger than it is today reaching toward the mountains and nearby valleys. Now the roughly 3 mile stretch begins at the Hawaii Convention Center and ends at Diamond Head crater. The main thoroughfares within Waikiki are (1) Kalakaua Avenue (eastbound one-way) located oceanside, (2) Kuhio Avenue (two-way) which is a roadway that runs through the region’s midsection and (3) Ala Wai Boulevard (westbound one-way) which travels along the Ala Wai Canal and takes you back toward the convention center.

A popular gathering place for many, it is a walkable, friendly and colorful destination. With numerous hotels, shopping centers and beautiful parks you could spend all day, if not several days, exploring. Here’s a look at some of our favorite spots to visit, peruse and enjoy excellent shopping!

7 Shopping Centers to Visit in Waikiki

1. LUXURY ROW

Photo: Luxury Row.

When you first enter Waikiki, you’ll notice high-end and luxury retail brands Chanel and Gucci. Luxury Row showcases exquisite and fine shopping experiences that also include Miu Miu, Saint Laurent Paris and Moncler. Collections are notably high-end here and many travelers enjoy making purchases at these luxury retailers because of the sought after quality and refined elegance.

2. T GALLERIA

Photo courtesy of Big Island Candies.

Photo:  Big Island Candies.

An impressive assortment of gifts, local treats and Hawaiian memorabilia can be found at T Galleria. First-level shopping is as marked and no additional taxes or fees are added. An impressive array of uniquely tropical finds make this stop a popular place to grab and go. Big Island Candies and Hawaiian King are just a few of the popular items to bring home. The second and third levels are open to Duty Free qualified travelers who are headed out of the country within 30 days.

3. WAIKIKI BEACH WALK

Photo: Waikiki Beach Walk.

For locally made products and an abundance of shops specializing in art, crafts and specialty items visit Waikiki Beach Walk. From the Hawaiian Quilt Collection to Peter Lik Gallery and Under The Koa Tree you’ll find memories from Hawaii that will last a lifetime. The center also features apparel, shoes and accessories for the whole family.

4. WAIKIKI SHOPPING PLAZA

LeSportsac, Waikiki. Photo: Marco Falcioni.


From jewelry to casual wear Waikiki Shopping Plaza features 6 levels of shopping and dining in the heart of Waikiki. Unique Hawaii-inspired apparel can be found at Alter Ego, Angels by the Sea and Beach Avenue. Larger retailers H&M, LeSportsac and Victoria’s Secret are extremely popular mainstays with an abundance of fashions and accessories.

5. ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER

Photo: Royal Hawaiian Center.

Culture, entertainment and shopping are highlighted at Royal Hawaiian Center. The playground for the entire family features over a hundred stores and shops specializing in fine jewelry, gifts and the latest fashions. You’ll find Allure Swimwear, Anteprima bags and Calypso St. Barth adorning chic ensembles on site. The center also hosts interactive cultural workshops, live entertainment and everything from surf gear to luxurious pearl jewelry and Hawaiian wear.

6. INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE

Photo: International Market Place.

Retail, entertainment and history come alive at the newly reimagined International Market Place. Centered around a century year-old banyan tree the market place that was once home to tiny pop-up shops and bargain hunters is now an open-air shopping center. Featuring Abercrombie & Fitch, Saks Fifth Avenue and Honolulu Cookie Company. A rich blend of apparel, accessories and tasty bites are easily browsable from the center’s three levels and live nightly Hawaiian entertainment is also welcoming.

7. PUALEILANI ATRIUM SHOPS

Folli Follie. Photo: Joseph Kent.

From apparel to specialty gifts and sundries, Pualeilani Atrium Shops at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki hosts more than two-dozen stores for your browsing pleasure. Little People Hawaii, Folli Follie and ABC Stores offer easy access shopping just across the street from famed Waikiki Beach. If you are headed to the surf and sand you’ll easily find swimwear, accessories and sun protection.

5 Best Waikiki Boutiques

Photo: Napua Heen / Hawaii.com.

Some of the best shopping finds might not be located in a shopping center or shopping plaza. Here’s a quick look at some notable boutiques for the “off the beaten path” shopper.

1. 88 Tees
88 Tees is best known for its trendy yet funky fashions. Casual gear with a fun, Hawaiian and street flare makes this shop extremely popular.
2. Island Sweetie Hawaii
Island Sweetie Hawaii is a great little spot for the mommy and me shopper. They specialize in elegant, colorful and comfy fashions for women and girls.
3. Pineapple Country
Pineapple Country showcases unique, casual clothing for men and women, along with accessories and sweet treats to eat.
4. Punchbowl Coffee Co.
From tea to clothing and coffee beans this shop is a great stop for gifts and lifestyle apparel.
5. Moku Hawaii
Moku Hawaii is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. They offer everything you need for surfing and water-sporting along with other sporting goods and accessories.

Whether shopping for yourself or someone else, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for in Waikiki. It may be overwhelming at first, but take in the sights, sounds and culture that is this global shopping destination.

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