Stretching almost 2,500 km across the Pacific Ocean like a group of balloons suspended in an aquamarine sky, the Hawaiian archipelago is home to some of the most isolated islands on earth. While their remote nature offers an appealing level of seclusion, you can still easily book flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to enjoy a tropical holiday that offers more than simply relaxing on a white-sand beach.
Waikiki, Oahu's energetic and pulsating heart, is a buzzing beachfront neighbourhood packed with thriving bars, restaurants, boutique shops and malls. Base yourself at a centrally located hotel like The Modern Honolulu or The Laylow Waikiki, and you'll quickly be able to access a plethora of shopping and dining options at the Ala Moana Centre. The open-air centre features more than 350 retail stores and restaurants and is the largest shopping hub in Hawai'i. Getting there is easy, it's a short walk from The Modern Honolulu or hop on the Waikiki Trolley from the Laylow and you'll be in retail heaven in no time! Allow 15-20 minutes travel time.
If you're looking for designer brands or bargain buys, the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue is the place for you. If you're after some authentic souvenirs at the local markets, you'll find them only 20-minutes or so from Waikiki Beach.
Waikele Premium Outlets is also a great place to shop 'til you drop. You will find more than 50 designer and outlet stores with savings up to 65% off. If you are staying at the Laylow Waikiki the closest stop is Waikiki Market Place, about a 3-minute walk. The shuttles leave at 9.15am and will drop you back around 3:30 pm. Travel time each way is approx. 45 mins.
If you’re looking for designer brands or bargain buys, the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue is the place for you. Speaking of bargains, Nordstrom Rack houses some of the top brands at discounted prices and is conveniently located on the next block from The Laylow Waikiki. For those in the know, Ross Dress for Less located on Seaside Avenue is a great discount department store. From the Royal Hawaiian Centre take a 2-minute detour off Kalakaua, here is where you will find big savings on brand-name clothing, accessories and homewares. A must for any bargain hunter.
The Royal Hawaiian Center, located on Kalakaua Avenue is one of Hawaii's largest shopping centres. The four-level complex houses high-end retailers including Fendi, Hermes and Valentino.
Also on Kalakaua Avenue, just a few minutes from the Royal Hawaiian Center, is Luxury Row. In this upscale shopping complex, you'll find brands like Chanel and Miu Miu. Just don't shop until you drop, there's still the local markets to visit for a true taste of Honolulu style.
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Only a 20 minute-drive from Waikiki is Hawaii's largest open-air flea market, which has been running since 1979 - the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. The market operates three days per week on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and it's the best place to find authentic handmade souvenirs and cool art pieces. Not only will you discover some of Oahu's best bites, clothing and crafts, you'll also be able to experience an atmosphere that you won't find on Kalakaua Avenue.
For some fresh vintage pieces, check out Barrio Vintage, located in Honolulu's historic Chinatown just 20 minutes from Waikiki Beach. This boutique store features hand-selected vintage clothing and accessories for women and men.
Next, head to the Diamond Head end of Waikiki to lose yourself in the striking patterns and bright colours of Hawaii's most extensive selection of kitsch antiques, collectibles and Hawaiian shirts at Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts. Browse through several hundred vintage shirts starting at around $5 and check out cool retro designs from the 1960s and 70s.
If you're inspired to discover more of what Hawaii has to offer, have a browse through Hoot Holiday's accommodation and exclusive Hawaiian package options for both couples and families.
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