From enormous outlet centres to luxury designer boutiques, Hawaii shopping is awesome.

Honolulu from above. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority

Shopping is one of the major Hawaii tourism drawcards. Thousands of shopaholics travel to the Hawaiian Islands annually to stock up on the latest trends or nab the best bargains.

More than 320,000 Australians visitors take a holiday in Hawaii every year. 

Recent market research undertaken by Hawaii Tourism Oceania showed 81 per cent of those visitors associated Hawaii with shopping. 

Waikīkī’s plethora of shopping options can be daunting. So if you’re looking for the most efficient way to shop your way through your holiday, follow the guide below.  

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Shaved Ice is a favourite Hawaiian dessert. Photo: Hawaiia Tourism Authority

The plan

If efficiency is your objective, then starting at the outlet stores is the way to go. Begin your morning at Waikele Outlet Centre in Honolulu to nab the best deals of the day. 

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From there, visit the United States’ ninth-largest open-air shopping centre, the Ala Moana Centre

After this, take a stroll down to Kalākaua Avenue and prepare yourself for an influx of trendy designers. 

Stop by Waikīkī Shopping Plaza to take in 6 floors of designer clothing, jewellery and gifts, or head straight to The Royal Hawaiian Centre for unique boutiques and authentic Hawaiian charm. 

Last but not least, wander through International Market Place to browse designer clothes, swimwear and accessories before heading to the top floor to enjoy a well-earned Mai Tai at one of the numerous rooftop venues. 

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You can bag a bargain at Simon Shopping Destinations. Picture: Simon

For something extra 

It’s lucky more is merrier, as you can find an ABC Store around every corner in Hawaii.

Although in excess supply to the untrained eye, each ABC Store has a completely different range and offering. From souvenirs to pre-mixed cocktails and fully prepared meals, the ABC Stores have got to be seen to be believed. 

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