Romance Hawaii Guide : Romance Hawaii Guide 2018
24 ROMANCE HAWAI‘I HONOLULU Ala Moana Center The world’s largest open-air shopping centre offers more than 350 outlets, including over 100 eateries, stores that can only be found in Hawai‘i, American-brand franchises and luxury international brands. There are also four department stores – Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s, where tourists receive a discount. The Pink Line Trolley runs to the centre from 15 pick-up locations in Waikīkī every 10 minutes and costs US$2 each way. It’s advisable to have the exact fare ready. Alternatively, take TheBus numbers 8, 19, 20, 23, 24 or 42. International Market Place This Waikīkī mall is home to more than 70 stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, Honolulu Cookie Co, Kona Coffee Purveyors, Pandora, Sunglass Hut and Swarovski. The Market Place has free Wi-Fi. Royal Hawaiian Center Spanning three blocks on the beach-side of Waikīkī’s main street, Kalakaua Ave, the Royal Hawaiian Center has more than 110 shops and restaurants across four levels, including luxury and lifestyle retailers. You’ll also find art and craft stores and some of Hawai‘i’s best surf shops. Hawaiian performance and arts are an important part of the mall’s mission, with complimentary classes in lei-making, quilting, hula and playing the ‘ukulele offered on weekdays, and live entertainment from Tuesday to Saturday at 6pm. T Galleria by DFS Enjoy duty-free shopping at this luxury retail outlet in the heart of Waikīkī. A wide range of high-end items are available, including clothes, beauty products, perfume, watches, jewellery, wine and spirits. Waikiki Beach Walk This two-level open-air shopping centre has more than 40 retail stores, a large selection of eateries and an outdoor plaza where live performances are held. Retailers include local favourites Mana Hawai‘i, Aloha Army, Roy’s Waikiki and national stores such as Quiksilver and Yard House. The Hawaiian Islands: O‘ahu SHOPPING ON O‘AHU Chinatown On the western side of Honolulu’s financial district, Chinatown’s historic buildings are home to an assortment of shops, boutiques, herbalists, lei makers, antique dealers, temples, bars and restaurants. Explore the bustling Maunakea Marketplace and O‘ahu Market before stopping for lunch at one of the eateries, which serve everything from Chinese dumplings to Vietnamese, Malaysian, Cuban and French fare. Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and Marketplace Around 20 minutes’ drive from Waikīkī, Hawai‘i’s largest outdoor flea market has more than 400 vendors selling clothes, arts and craft, souvenirs and local delicacies. TheBus offers a service there from Honolulu. The swap meet runs on Wednesday from 6.30am to 3pm and Saturday from 8am to 3pm. Entry costs US$1, with children under 11 free. The marketplace is also open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Kahala Mall This enclosed mall has more than 90 shops and restaurants, including retail giants such as Macy’s, Longs Drugs and Banana Republic, as well as boutiques selling apparel, jewellery and specialty foods. There’s also a cinema that screens a mix of Hollywood blockbusters and acclaimed arthouse, independent and foreign films. The mall is 10 to 15-minutes drive from Waikīkī, or take TheBus (number 22) or the Green Line Waikīkī Trolley. Ward Village A few minutes’ drive from Waikīkī, Ward Village is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination comprising five pedestrian-friendly retail complexes. It has more than 135 stores, some of which are unique to the centre, 40 eateries, and a 16-screen entertainment complex. Brands include Bed Bath and Beyond, Famous Footwear, Nordstrom Rack, Pier 1 Imports, Ross Dress for Less and TJ Maxx. Koko Marina Shopping Center This charming neighbourhood in south-east O‘ahu has more than 70 outlets, including a variety of watersports stores, boutiques, specialty and gift shops, technology stores, cinemas and waterfront restaurants (including the popular Kona Brewing Co.). It’s a 20-minute drive from Waikīkī. NORTH SHORE Hale‘iwa Store Lots This quaint plantation-inspired shopping village has a collection of stores that draw inspiration from the area’s charm, history and surf culture. They include Matsumoto Shave Ice, the beachy boutique Guava Shop and Malibu Shirts. There are also two galleries – GREENROOM Hawai‘i and Clark Little Photography, which showcases the work of the world-renowned ocean photographer (also a North Shore local). Hukilau Marketplace The Hukilau Marketplace in the not-for- profit Polynesian Cultural Center is a great place to buy specialty Hawaiian goods, including arts and crafts, homewares, ‘ukuleles and jewellery. It employs students from neighbouring Brigham Young University. Entry and parking is free, but a fee is required to visit the centre’s Polynesian villages. SOUTH-WEST O‘AHU Waikele Center Across the road from Waikele Premium Outlets, Waikele Center is an open-air shopping complex featuring Brooks Brothers outlet stores, GAP, Kmart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, UFC Gym, Office Max and Old Navy. There are also several restaurants including Chili’s Grill & Bar, Starbucks and Genki Sushi. A trolley car takes shoppers between the centre and Waikele Premium Outlets. Waikele Premium Outlets Around 45 minutes’ drive from Waikīkī, Waikele Premium Outlets is the only outlet complex on the island, offering brand name products at hugely-discounted prices. They include Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Vera Bradley, Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Exchange, Adidas, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Guess, kate spade new york, LeSportsac, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Off 5th, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger and True Religion Brand Jeans. Roberts Hawaii operates the Roberts Hawaii Waikiki Shuttle for a reasonable fee, or take TheBus number 42 to Waipahu Transit Center, then transfer to bus 433.
Romance Hawaii Guide 2017