Oahu

Eastern and Western traditions meet on Oahu, where savvy shoppers find luxury goods at high-end malls and scout tiny boutiques and galleries filled with pottery, blown glass, woodwork, and Hawaiian-print clothing by local artists. This blend of cultures is pervasive in the wide selection of spas as well. Hawaiian lomilomi and ho
Eastern and Western traditions meet on Oahu, where savvy shoppers find luxury goods at high-end malls and scout tiny boutiques and galleries filled with pottery, blown glass, woodwork, and Hawaiian-print clothing by local artists. This blend of cultures is pervasive in
Eastern and Western traditions meet on Oahu, where savvy shoppers find luxury goods at high-end malls and scout tiny bou

Eastern and Western traditions meet on Oahu, where savvy shoppers find luxury goods at high-end malls and scout tiny boutiques and galleries filled with pottery, blown glass, woodwork, and Hawaiian-print clothing by local artists. This blend of cultures is pervasive in the wide selection of spas as well. Hawaiian lomilomi and hot-stone massages are as omnipresent as the orchid and plumeria flowers decorating every treatment room.

Exploring downtown Honolulu, Kailua on the windward side, and the North Shore often yields the most original merchandise. Some of the small stores carry imported clothes and gifts from around the world—a reminder that, on this island halfway between Asia and the United States, shopping is a multicultural experience.

If you're getting a massage at a spa, there's a spiritual element to the lomilomi that calms the soul while the muscles release tension. During a hot-stone massage, smooth rocks, taken from the earth with permission from Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, are heated and placed at focal points on the body. Others are covered in oil and rubbed over tired limbs, feeling like powerful fingers. For an alternative, refresh skin with mango scrubs so fragrant they seem edible. Savor the unusual sensation of bamboo tapped against the arches of the feet. Indulge in a scalp massage that makes the entire body tingle. Day spas provide additional options to the self-indulgent services offered in almost every major hotel on the island.

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  • 1. Bookends

    Books/Stationery

    The perfect place to shop for gifts, or just take a break with the family, this independent bookstore feels more like a small-town library,...Read More

  • 2. Global Village

    Clothing

    Tucked into a tiny strip mall near Maui Tacos, this boutique features jewelry, clothing, accessories, gifts, and handcrafted jewelry from the...Read More

  • 3. Place

    Chinatown | Household Items/Furniture

    This design studio/workshop is known for its sophisticated assemblage of carefully chosen home items in all price ranges. You'll find a global...Read More

  • 4. Silver Moon Emporium

    Clothing

    The small boutique carries everything from Brighton jewelry and European designer wear to fashionable T-shirts, shoes, and handbags. Shoppers...Read More

  • 5. SpaHalekulani

    Waikiki | Spa/Beauty

    SpaHalekulani mines the traditions and cultures of the Pacific Islands with massages and body and facial therapies. Try the Samoan Nonu, which...Read More

  • 6. Under a Hula Moon

    Household Items/Furniture

    Exclusive tabletop items and Pacific home decor, such as shell wreaths, shell night-lights, Hawaiian beach sheets, frames, and unique one-of...Read More

  • 7. 2100 Kalakaua

    Waikiki | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Tenants of this elegant, town house–style center known as Luxury Row include Chanel, Coach, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta...Read More

  • 8. Abhasa Spa

    Waikiki | Spa/Beauty

    Natural organic skin and body treatments are the highlights at this spa tucked away in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's coconut grove. Vegetarian...Read More

  • 9. Ala Moana Shopping Center

    Ala Moana | Shopping Centers/Malls

    The world's largest open-air shopping mall is five minutes from Waikiki by bus. More than 350 stores and 60 restaurants make up this 50-acre...Read More

  • 10. Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This thrice-weekly outdoor bazaar attracts hundreds of vendors and even more bargain hunters. Every Hawaiian souvenir imaginable can be found...Read More

  • 11. Anne Namba Designs

    Kakaako | Clothing

    This designer combines the beauty of classic kimonos with contemporary styles to make unique pieces for career and evening. In addition to women...Read More

  • 12. Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts

    Kapahulu | Clothing

    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...Read More

  • 13. Blue Ginger

    Waikiki | Clothing

    Look inside this little shop across from The Yardhouse for beach-casual clothing, bags, jewelry, and accessories in soft cotton and rayon aloha...Read More

  • 14. Blue Hawaii Lifestyle

    Ala Moana | Gifts/Souvenirs

    The Ala Moana store carries a large selection of locally made products, including soaps, honey, tea, salt, chocolates, art, and CDs. Every item...Read More

  • 15. Boca Hawaii

    Kakaako | Sporting Goods

    This triathlon shop near the Bike Factory offers training gear and bike rentals ($40 per day with a two-day minimum, $200 per week), aerial...Read More

  • 16. Downing Hawaii

    Kaimuki | Sporting Goods

    Look for old-style Birdwell surf trunks here, along with popular labels such as Quiksilver, Roxy, DaKine, and Billabong, which supplement Downing...Read More

  • 17. fishcake

    Kakaako | Household Items/Furniture

    A place to find unusual art, fishcake is a gallery for designers that hosts changing exhibitions and events by favorite artists near and far...Read More

  • 18. Global Creations Interiors

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Look for Hawaiian bath products, pikake perfume, locally made jewelry, island bedding, and a carefully chosen selection of Hawaiian music CDs...Read More

  • 19. Haleiwa Store Lots

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    In 2015 the North Shore town debuted a shiny new complex, the Haleiwa Store Lots. Its most notable tenant is the legendary Matsumoto Shave Ice...Read More

  • 20. Hawaiian Fire

    Sporting Goods

    Honolulu firefighters no longer offer surfing lessons, but proceeds from their Hawaiian Firefighter–inspired clothing and accessories store...Read More

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