How to Prepare for Shopping in Hawaii

October 24, 2017

In addition to enjoying Hawaii’s sandy beaches and warm weather, the islands are also a serious shopping destination.

Here are tips to prepare for your retail adventure:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes, cool cottons work well.  Footwear – slippers (flip flops), you’ll feel local.
  2. Look for unique Hawaii items.  Inspiration ocean signs, beach towels, island-inspired artwork. These will look great when you design your new wall at home.

Green Room, Sheraton Waikiki

  1. Bring an extra bag, or ask for a large bag from the shop you just purchased goodies from.  Go ahead, show off the logo bag.
  2. If you’re looking for a popular item, call ahead of time to check inventory.  Let’s save time!

Sand People,  Sheraton Waikiki

  1. For weekend shopping, many retailers open later.  Have brunch first.  Your tummy will thank you.
  2. Pack your sunscreen and check out the swap meet scene.  And don’t forget to hydrate!

  1. When paying, use your favorite rewards card.  Let’s earn more!
  2. Schedule in stops to enjoy favorite local bites.  Ask your Concierge or hotel staff for their personal faves!

Afternoon Tea, Banyan Veranda at the Moana

  1. If shopping for friends, check out their online wish lists including Pinterest boards.  You’ll surely impress!
  2. Shop with a friend – browse and have fun.  Ask for the biggest fitting room to try clothes on together.  More room, more fun!

Favorite shopping malls in or near Waikiki: Collections of Waikiki, International Marketplace, Ala Moana Center, and South Shore Market at Ward Village. Or, plan a day trip to shopping areas outside of Waikiki: Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, Waikele Premium Outlets, North Shore Marketplace.

With the holidays right around the corner, remember that Hawaii has a lot to offer in our unique shopper’s paradise!

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