Shopping


Kalaukua Avenue, Waikiki

This is the main street though Waikiki.  There are many shops to browse on your way your destination.  Shops include: Tiffany’s (cheaper than Australia), Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Prada, Niketown (great bargains on sneakers), Bebe, Apple, Fossil, Salvadore Ferragamo, Ferrari, Balley, Kate Spade New York and many more.

Beach Walk, Waikiki

Great initiative from the Hawaiian government.  They have re-vamped this area and it looks fantastic now.  For further shopping see website http://www.waikikibeachwalk.com/

Ala Moana Shopping Mall (about a 30min walk from Waikiki) see http://www.alamoanacenter.com/

  • You can get a pink trolley for free depending on the hotel you are staying at from Waikiki to the mall.  Otherwise it will cost $2 per ride.
  • Macy’s – equivalent to Myer.  They have really good sales on top of sales. If you  go to the customer service centre and ask for a visitor discount card it will give you an additional 11% off any purchase (excluding cosmetics) including existing sale items.  Macy’s is good for shoes and clothes.  Keep in mind that even if you purchase your perfume from Macy’s it is still cheaper than buying duty free coming back into Australia.  Children’s clothes are really cheap which is located on the lower floor of Macy’s.
  • Nordstrom – this store is reasonably new and is equivalent to a more upmarket department store such as David Jones. I purchased a nice cocktail dress from here ($205 US) and very happy with the service provided at the time.  Its nice to browse through the shop but I think most things are too expensive when there are so many other options.
  • Sears – unfortunately Sears has closed! Replaced by Bloomingdales. It is supposed to open by the end of 2015.  Old post-This stores would be equivalent to Kmart/Big W.   If you hunt around for the sale items you can get great bargains however there is a lot of undesirable clothes.  The shoes in Sears are really cheap which includes good brands.  If you want to purchase everyday type of sleepwear I have in the past got them for $4.00 a pair which includes the long pants, short and matching t-shirt.  These were a real bargain.  Frequently the items in Sears scan for the wrong price so you end up getting the items cheaper than the actual ticket price.
  • Old Navy – This store is equivalent to Kmart/Big W.  If you have been to Old Navy in either San Francisco or New York is not as good as the big city stores.  Again you have to look for the bargains but they are there.
  • Fossil – This store is really cheap if you want to buy a watch when compared to Australia.  I paid $75 each for 2 watches and they are priced at $200 at the Canberra Centre retail shop. I also bought a few new watches on my current trip which still range from $85 to $95.
  • Baby Gap – Always good prices for the kids when compared to Australia.
  • Guess – They have really good prices.  In particular the men’s jeans, handbags and watches.  Some of the Guess watches that I have bought cost $85.  I recently priced these same designs in Myer Australia which they retail for $300
  • Quicksilver and billabong stores are cheap too.  There men’s board shorts, rash vests and t-shirts are great.
  • Trade secret (salon hair care) – This shop is located on the lower ground floor.  The products cost half the price when compared to salon product in Australia.
  • Radioshack – Located on the lower ground floor.  I recently purchased a netbook (really small laptop) from this store who were very helpful as well as willing to throw things in for the same price such as a laptop bag and mouse etc.  Keep in mind that any electronics such as laptops, cameras, video cameras are a lot cheaper when purchased in the U.S.A even after the currency conversion.

Ross Dress for Less

This shop is great.   There is one located in the Waikiki area as well as near Ala Moana Shopping Centre.  I have found great prices here and excellent brands such as Calvin Klein.  You will need to search through the racks.  Be patient as you will find a gem amongst all the other rubbish lol.  Shoes can be purchased here as well as many other accessories.  A must go to for bargain hunting.

TJ Max

TJ Max is located near the Ward Centre.  Very similar in shopping to Ross Dress for Less. Sometimes I find great bargains and other times I don’t.  They carry all major brands like Calvin Klein, Guess and the like.  Worth a look and a great walk from Waikiki.  Always helps to get rid of some unwanted calories!

Waikele Premium Outlets (about a half hour drive from Waikiki longer if you catch the bus)

  • All shops are good in particular Old Navy, Kmart, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Ann Klein and Osh Kosh for kids.  See this website for more information.
  • Sketchers shoe store are very cheap.  Average price for shoes are around $55 instead of $110-120 in Australia.  If you buy 2 pairs they are $35 each and they always have this sale on.  Keep in mind that they normally don’t stock the current season.  You will need to go to the Ala Moana Shopping Centre for current season. For further information see http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=29

Pearl Ridge (about 10 drive from Pearl Harbour coming back to Waikiki)

It’s a massive shopping centre and has too much to talk about. If you get the chance have a look.  There is Macy’s, Radioshack, Trade Secret, Gap, BeBe, Surfer shops, Fossil and much more.  Definitely worth a visit.  There is a small monorail that takes you between the two malls, it cost 50 cents each way and they come every 10minutes.  See http://www.pearlridgeonline.com/pearlridge2/index.php

NOTE:  I have just returned from Singapore and have conducted a price comparison on some of the brands that I normally purchase in the USA.  Singapore is far more expensive than the US and is similar to Australia.  For example, GUESS watches normally sell for approx $50-$100 in the USA.  Australia and Singapore sell these items for an average of over $250.

Billabong and Quicksilver T-shirts are usually around the $20-$30 price in the USA.  In Australia and Singapore they are approx $50-$85.

I priced my ACER Aspire 1 netbook over in Singapore.  It was $877.  In Australia $627.  I purchased it at Radio Shack in the USA and it was $300.

I generally find that all other items I looked at in either Singapore or Australia are much more expensive than the USA.  If you get the opportunity to go shopping I would really consider a trip to Hawaii for not only the holiday but the savings on everything you buy there.

Mobile Phones

My last trip to the USA I decided to try the pre-paid disposable mobile phones.  I purchased 2 x virgin mobile phones from Target which cost $20 for the handset and $20 for credit (total $40 for each phone).  This was a great way of communicating with your travel companion as the calls were charged locally.  You do not need to be a US citizen so it was great for sms, calling shops, restaurants etc in general as well as calling Australia.  By doing it this way I was contactable at all times for my travel companion (just in case I got lost or had to meet somewhere) and I did not have the global roaming rates which are by far too expensive when calling home.  Try it out the next time you travel to the USA.  An additional bonus was I gave them to my niece and nephew on my return home and they love playing with them as a toy.

Plus size clothing

I have noticed that quite a few people ask where they can purchase plus size clothes in Honolulu.  There are a lot of options for buying these items.  At the Waikele Premium Outlets the Tommy Hilfiger store has a great range of 1x, 2x and 3x clothes. They are a large make so I’m sure a lot of people would find something in this store. Kmart and Old Navy are also located here so they cater for larger sizes too.

As far as Waikiki itself you have Macy’s, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Walmart, Ross Dress for less and  a few other stores that I can’t remember…….Macy’s and Nordstrom are good for picking up brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Baby Phat, Tommy Hilfiger, Anne Klein and many more who all do great designs in larger sizes.  Ala Moana Shopping Centre is your best bet.

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7 Responses to Shopping

  1. Susan Ritter says:

    Thank you for posting this Blog. I am looking to go to Hawaii in November and you have provided so much info. I didn’t realise the shopping was so good. Will take your advice and book to stay at The Oahana Beachcomber, should I book now? Have had some success when booking last minute accommodation with hotel.com for Thailand. Is November a busy time in Hawaii?

  2. Grippster says:

    Hi, I sent you a response direct but I think you should book it direct with the hotel. They have a 3 day prior to arrival cancellation policy so if something comes up cheaper than you can cancel your current booking.

    As far as weather in November it tends to be a bit rainy but does not last for long. Having said that if that is your only option I would still go as its not too much of an inconvenience. Good luck and I cant wait to go for my 7th time in August.

    Deb

  3. Jackie says:

    Hi
    This will be our first trip to Hawaii in August and I found your website extremely helpful. Thank you! Can you tell me what the expectation for tipping is in Hawaii and also is there a local bus which runs to the Pearl Harbour Attraction?

  4. Olivia Millican says:

    Any updates after your trip this year???

    • Grippster says:

      Hi. Sorry I have been so busy travelling elsewhere for work I have not updated since my trip in January. I will try and get to it shortly. I want to go again!!!

      Cheers. Deb

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