This thrice-weekly outdoor bazaar attracts hundreds of vendors and even more bargain hunters. Every Hawaiian souvenir imaginable can be found here, from coral shell necklaces to bikinis, as well as a variety of ethnic wares, from Chinese brocade dresses to Japanese pottery. There are also ethnic foods, silk flowers, and luggage in aloha floral prints. Shoppers must wade through the typical sprinkling of used and stolen goods to find value. Wear comfortable shoes, use sunscreen, and bring bottled water. The flea market takes place in the Aloha Stadium parking lot Wednesday and Saturday from 8 to 3; Sunday from 6:30 to 3. Admission is $1 per person ages 12 and up.
Several shuttle companies serve Aloha Stadium for the swap meet, including VIP Shuttle (Tel. 808/839–0911); Reliable Shuttle (808/924–9292); and Hawaii Supertransit (Tel. 808/841–2928). The average cost is $12 per person, round-trip. For a cheaper but slower ride, take TheBus (www.thebus.org).
Feb 22, 2012
The market is open only on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, $1 entrance fee. We took a shuttle for $4 (30 min trip). It was fine but next time we would take the local bus $2.50 (1 hour trip from Ali Wai canal) as then we would have no time concerns. The market is huge, in 3 hours we didn't do a quarter of it. There is a lot of duplication though. Great tourist stuff and good prices, you can bargain with vendors too. Jewelry, tshirts, towels, purses,
keychains, paintings, dresses, etc. Wear good shoes, bring water and a hat & something to carry your purchases in. Lots of fun!
Nov 12, 2011
My saga from 7/27/2011 to get my $219.90 back from the merchant, Precious Stones LLC, selling at the Aloha Swap Meet & Marketplace, in Honolulu HI, still continues. I contacted the Better Business Bureau of HI, after receiving no help from the Aloha Swap Meet & Marketplace and the BBB quickly got involved. They had myself and the merchant, Linh Nguyen and her husband , negotiate an agreement. The BBB was acting as the middle man. She stated I had
to remove all my posts of what had happened to me. She also wanted me to send a letter to the Aloha Swap Meet saying the issue had been resolved. She had originally asked me to write a letter of apology but I laughed at that, I will not apologies for being defrauded. She would then give the BBB a certified form of funds which the BBB would send to me. I sent the jewelry to the BBB which cost me another $10. I sent the three( 3) pieces and this is where it goes bad. This merchant now claims I bought four (4) pieces of jewelry, yet there is no itemized receipt, just a charge receipt with the total. She also claims the bracelet I sent is the wrong one which she says she never sold. The bracelet is the most fraudulent of all the three (3) pieces I bought. It's marked 928 but is actually stainless steel. The pendant is silver plated and the necklace is full of contaminates including lead and copper which leach out when worn. I'm not at all surprised that she is balking at the bracelet the most because it proves she is a thief and a liar. So she makes up some crazy dollar amounts and says she will only give the BBB $130 to refund to me which I declined. The BBB was so great and sincerely apologized for not being able to resolve my issue with Precious Stones LLC, selling at the Aloha Swap Meet & Marketplace in Honolulu, HI. I can't say enough nice things about how hard they tried to help me, I appreciate their efforts. My complaint will remain open and on file so it can be viewed by other consumers at any time. Unfortunately when you're dealing with dishonest and immoral people, what makes common sense to us normal people, will not to them. So my next step is to involve the police and the court system. I have wasted so much time on this issue for such a small amount of money. My hope is that by stopping this unscrupulous merchant I can help other tourist and locals from being defrauded like I was. It's the principle, I was lied to, I was sold three (3) fake pieces of jewelry and I had an allergic reaction to two (2) of them. I would like my money back and I will now also be asking for my shipping charges and all court fee's to be paid in addition to the original $219.90. It's really mind boggling to me, why would I lie and send the wrong stuff back, would I really want to keep fake jewelry?