Shopping in Honolulu

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The City and County of Honolulu is the only incorporated city in Hawaii, which made it very attractive for domestic and foreign construction companies to develop innovative and amazing shopping centers. Here's a quick list of incredible malls where you will be able not only shop until you drop, but also experience open areas and different shopping experiences

Ward Centers

Ward Centers is formed by various shopping areas: Ward Center, Ward Warehouse, Ward Plaza, Ward Gateway Center and Ward Entertainment Center. To get to Ward Centers using the Waikiki Trolley, catch the Pink Line trolley from Waikiki to Ala Moana Center then connect to the Yellow Line for a quick 5 minute ride. The first Yellow Line trolley leaves Ala Moana Center at 12:30 p.m. and runs every 40 minutes until 7:10 p.m. daily. Each way costs $1 (cheaper than Honolulu's The Bus, $2). If you're driving head to Ward Centers in direction of Downtown (west) via either Kapiolani Boulevard or Ala Moana Boulevard, until you arrive to Kamakee Street, from there you will see the big sign welcoming you to Ward Centers. The shopping hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Make sure to stop by the Ward 16 Theaters to experience the most modern movie experience in Honolulu. A local favorite to create your own delicious concoction of frozen yogurt with fresh toppings is Menchie's Frozen Yogurt at the far east corner of the Ward Warehouse.

The Royal Hawaiian Center


The best shopping center in Waikiki is by far the Royal Hawaiian Center, not only because is the largest one (310,00 0square feet), but also because it makes the most effort to educate visitors to Hawaii about Hawaiian culture, history and traditions. The Royal Hawaiian Center is located at 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, fronting the Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Hotels, between Fendi and The Cheesecake Factory. This shopping center consists of 4 levels, offering more than 100 shops and restaurants. The best way to start your visit here is at the LeiOhu Guest Services, where you will find out the schedule of special events (e.g. hula classes) and also enjoy short films on Hawaiian history in the Kaulani Heritage Room. The Paina Lanai Food Court on level 2 of Building B offers great eats at a decent price. A local spot to enjoy amazing cupcakes is Satura Cakes on the lower level of Building B.

Ala Moana Center

The world's largest open air shopping center is located on 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, between Atkison Drive and Piikoi Street. The store hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. however some department stores (such as Macy's,) nightclubs (such as Pearl) and restaurants (such as California Pizza Kitchen and Tanaka from Tokyo) have hours that may vary. The Pink Line Trolley provides transportation between this shopping center and over 10 locations in Waikiki. Pickup at Ala Moana Center is at the Kona Street next to Nordstrom and the Ala Moana Boulevard trolley depot. Here you will be able to find all kinds of shops ranging from the Apple Store to Follie Follie to Macy's to Victoria's Secret.

Kahala Mall


Kahala Mall is one of the few enclose shopping malls in Honolulu. Located on the east side of Honolulu at 4211 Wailae Avenue, it is conveniently accessible either by The Bus routes or by the H1 highway.  Westbound from Hawaii Kai/Sea Life Park/Hanauma Bay, while on Kalanianaole Highway (Highway 72) take the Kilauea exit (#27). Kahala Mall will be located on the left-hand side. Eastbound from downtown Honolulu/Waikiki, while on the H-1 Freeway take the Waialae exit (#26B). Kahala Mall will be located on the right-hand side. This mall includes a wide variety of well known business such as Whole Foods Market, Apple Store, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, Jamba Juice, Radio Shack, Chilli's and California Pizza Kitchen. This mall was a popular hangout for actor Jack Lord (Hawaii Five O) and after he passed away, the mall management erected a bronze bust on one of its entrance to honor him.
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