37 Best Places to Shop in Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, Oahu

Aloha Collection

Waikiki Fodor's choice

Located in the Moana Surfrider hotel, the flagship store of this innovative company is filled with colorful, lightweight, “splash-proof” bags of all sizes, shapes, and styles—from tiny zippered travel pouches to eye-catching beach bags to oversize totes. The company continually offers new patterns and styles, so bag lovers will always find a unique beach- and/or travel-friendly option.

Honolulu Cookie Company

Waikiki Fodor's choice

To really impress those back home, pick up a box of locally baked, gourmet cookies. Choose from dozens of delicious flavors of premium shortbread delights with a wide variety of sizes, all designed for travel. In addition to the location in the Royal Hawaiian Center, there are a number of these stores in Waikiki, so you probably won't be able to avoid them—even if you try. 

House of Mana Up

Waikiki Fodor's choice

Mana Up is a groundbreaking organization that promotes Hawaii-based entrepreneurs and shares their unique products with consumers. Its large retail store in the Royal Hawaiian Center not only showcases innovative, locally made items but also shares the stories of the makers behind them. It's fun to browse for gourmet chocolate, edible coffee bars, art, sustainable food wrappers, surf-inspired clothing, extra-comfy flip-flops (called slippers in Hawaii), children’s books, and much more. All the profits are used to support these small businesses.

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Keep it Simple

Waikiki Fodor's choice

Founded by local entrepreneurs Jillian Corn and Hunter Long (who is also a professional skateboarder), Keep it Simple strives to promote a healthier planet by selling high-quality, natural, organic, and/or vegan items with minimal (or zero) packaging. Look for unique beauty and bath products and accessories, as well as items for the kitchen and elsewhere in the home.

Na Mea Hawaii

Ala Moana Fodor's choice

In addition to Island-style clothing for adults and children, Hawaiian cultural items, and unusual artwork, such as Niihau-shell necklaces, this boutique's book selection covers Hawaiian history and language and includes children's books set in the Islands. Na Mea also has classes on Hawaiian language, culture, and history.

Royal Hawaiian Center

Waikiki Fodor's choice

This three-block-long center has more than 110 establishments, including an Apple Store and ABC Store, as well as local gems, such as Oiwi Ocean Gear, Mana Up, Fighting Eel, Honolulu Cookie Company, Koi Honolulu, Hawaiian Island Arts, Island Soap & Candleworks, and Royal Hawaiian Quilts. In addition to a number of restaurants, you can dine at the Waikiki Food Hall. Complimentary cultural classes, a theater, and nightly outdoor entertainment round out the offerings. Note for drivers: the center offers free parking for three hours with validation at shops and restaurants.

2100 Kalakaua

Waikiki

The ultimate destination for designer shopping in Hawaii is this elegant town house–style center, where shops include Chanel, Coach, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Miu Miu, and Moncler.

Ala Moana Shopping Center

Ala Moana

The world's largest open-air shopping mall is a five-minute bus ride from Waikiki. More than 350 stores and 160 dining options (including multiple food courts) make up this 50-acre complex, which is a unique mix of national and international chains as well as smaller, locally owned shops and eateries—and everything in between. The newer Lanai @ Ala Moana Center is worth stopping at for a range of casual dining options in one spot. More than 30 luxury boutiques in residence include Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Dior. All of Hawaii's major department stores are here, including the state's only Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, plus Macy's, Target, and Bloomingdale's.

Anne Namba Designs

Kakaako

This designer combines the beauty of classic kimonos with contemporary styles to make unique pieces for career and evening. In addition to women's apparel, she designs a men's line.

Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts

Kapahulu

Vintage aloha shirts are the specialty at this kitschy store. Prices range from $3.99 to several hundred dollars for the 15,000 shirts in stock. Thousands of them are used; others are creations by top designers. The tight space and musty smell are part of the thrift-shop atmosphere. Antiques hunters can also buy old-fashioned postcards, glassware, Hawaiian LPs, authentic military clothing, funky hats, and denim jeans from the 1950s.

Blue Ginger

Waikiki

This little shop offers a great selection of Hawaii-made items for adults and children. Look for brightly colored, beach-casual clothing, bags, jewelry, and accessories in soft cotton and rayon aloha prints.

Blue Hawaii Lifestyle

Ala Moana

The Ala Moana store carries a large selection of locally made products, including soaps, honey, tea, salt, chocolates, art, and CDs. Every item is carefully selected from various Hawaiian companies, artisans, and farms—from the salt fields of Molokai to the lavender farms of Maui to the single-estate chocolate of Oahu's North Shore. An in-store café serves healthy smoothies, panini, tea, and espresso.

Boca Hawaii

Kakaako

This triathlon shop near the Bike Factory offers training gear and bike rentals, aerial yoga and capoeira classes, and nutritional products.  Inquire directly about the latest schedule of classes at the store, which is owned and operated by top athletes.

Downing Hawaii

Kaimuki

Look for old-style Birdwell surf trunks here, along with popular labels, such as Quiksilver, Roxy, Dakine, and Billabong, which supplement Downing's own line of surf wear and surfboards.

fishcake

Kakaako

A place to find unusual art, this gallery hosts changing exhibitions and events showcasing works by designers and artists from near and far. It also carries small and large home items you won't find anywhere else in Honolulu, offers interior design services, and has a café featuring a rotation of pop-up coffee and tea spots.

Honolulu Cookie Company

Ala Moana

Hugely popular with Islands residents and visitors, these pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies, half-dipped in milk or dark chocolate, come in an assortment of flavors from macadamia nut to mango and lilikoi. Made locally in Kalihi, these gourmet cookies are sold in boxes and tins of varying sizes at a number of locations in Ala Moana and Waikiki.

Indich Collection

Kakaako

Bring home some aloha you can sink your bare feet into. Designs from this exclusive Hawaiian rug collection depict Hawaiian petroglyphs, banana leaves, heliconia, and other tropical plants or scenery.

Island Paddler

Kapahulu

Fashionable beach clothing and bags, bathing suits, hats, and rash guards supplement a huge selection of paddling accessories.  Check out the wooden decorative paddles: they become works of art when mounted on the wall at home.

Kahala Mall

Kahala

This indoor mall has more than 100 stores and restaurants, with a mix of national retailers and not-to-be-missed, homegrown boutiques, clothing stores, and galleries. You can also browse local foods and products at Whole Foods. For post-shopping entertainment, see what's playing at the Kahala Theatres, where you'll also find a full kitchen and bar.

Kawamoto Orchid Nursery

Kaimuki

Kawamoto grows all flowers on its 3½-acre orchid farm near downtown Honolulu. Their specialty is the cattleya, a favorite for Mother's Day, but they also grow hundreds of hybrids. The nursery now does the bulk of its business online, and they have decades of experience shipping temperamental orchids to the Mainland.

2630 Waiomao Rd., Honolulu, HI, 96816, USA
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Longs Drugs

Ala Moana

Try Longs at the Ala Moana Center (or one of its many other outposts) to stock up on chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, candies, cookies, Islands tea, and 100% Kona coffee—at reasonable prices—to carry home.

Maui Divers Design Center

Moiliili

For a look into the harvesting and design of coral and black pearl jewelry, visit this shop and take a free tour at its adjacent factory near the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Avoid the "Pick a Pearl" option at their other kiosk locations unless you're prepared to be upsold on a jewelry setting or two for the pearls "found" in your shells.

Na Hoku

Ala Moana

If you look at the wrists of kamaaina (local) women, you might see Hawaiian heirloom bracelets fashioned in either gold or silver and engraved in a number of Islands-inspired designs. Na Hoku sells these and other traditional Hawaiian jewelry along with an array of modern Island-influenced designs that capture the heart of the Hawaiian lifestyle in all its elegant diversity. There are a number of Na Hoku locations on Oahu, as well as on the other Islands and the Mainland.

Na Hoku Gallery

Waikiki

Like its larger sibling in the Ala Moana Center, this designer and island-lifestyle jewelry store sells Tahitian pearls and ocean- and marine-theme jewelry.

Newt at the Royal

Waikiki

Newt is known for high-quality, handwoven Panama hats and tropical sportswear for men and women.

Nohea Gallery

Kahala

This gallery represents hundreds of artisans who specialize in koa furniture, bowls, and boxes, as well as art glass and ceramics. Original paintings and prints—all with an Islands theme—add to the selection. The store also carries unique handmade Hawaiian jewelry starting under $20 with ti leaf, maile, and coconut-weave designs. Home items like locally made kitchen towels and Tutu Nene hand-sewn native Hawaiian ducks make great souvenirs. A second Nohea Gallery location is in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.

Oiwi Ocean Gear

Waikiki

Featuring stylish, high-quality activewear especially for ocean, paddling, and beach enthusiasts, this locally owned shop was founded in 1999 in the nearby beach town of Kailua. Its original designs are created in-house and showcase the ocean, nature, and unique images of Hawaiian culture. Items, many of which contain sun protection (UPF apparel), include shirts, rash guards, board shorts, surf leggings, hats, accessories, and more. 

Pauahi Street

Chinatown

Along Pauahi Street, between the cross streets of Smith and Bethel, are several hip and trendy stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Roberta Oaks sells modern aloha wear for men, women, and children. There's also a location of Fighting Eel, with its fashionable local clothing and accessories. BAS Bookshop has a well-curated selection of art and design books from around the world, along with pottery, clothes, and other small items. A branch of Morning Glass Coffee shares an open hallway with the music-centric EP Bar. Native Books at Arts & Letters, Valia Honolulu, Ginger13, and The ARTS at Marks Garage are among the other offerings in this area.

Philip Rickard

Waikiki

This famed jeweler creates heirloom-quality Hawaiian pieces in platinum and different shades of gold that feature traditional scrolling patterns, enameled names, and inlays. Items from the outfit's Wedding Collection are often sought by celebrities.

Place

Chinatown

Owner and interior designer Mary Philpotts McGrath creates a Hawaiian sense of place at this design studio/workshop known for its well-curated assemblage of sophisticated home items in all price ranges. You'll find a global collection of fine lighting, furniture, and textiles, as well as works by local artists and artisans.