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The Essential Guide to Oahu for Fashionistas

Whether you're a casual shopper or ready to spend the day looking for the perfect outfit, Oahu offers a shopping experience like no other. From breezy open-air malls to air-conditioned indoor shopping centers to local labels, Hawaii's shopping Mecca can be a great place for fashion-forward shoppers to replenish their wardrobes. An added bonus? Oahu's current sales tax rings in 4.5 percent, which is about 5 percent lower than the national average. So, unless you're from a sales tax-free state, shopping in Oahu already comes with a discounted price. 

Take your tax savings for a spin and head downtown to unearth made-in-Hawaii jewelry at Ginger13, Fighting Eel or Owens & Co. Or, take the scenic route to the Windward side for a few new additions to your wardrobe with sunny island staples from Mahina, Global Village or Blue Lani. To peruse local vendors all in one space, stop by the Art & Flea, held every last Friday in Ward Village or the Honolulu Night Market, held every third Saturday in Kakaako. For indoor mall shopping, head to Pearlridge Center, where a monorail connects Pearlridge Uptown and Pearlridge Downtown. If you're looking to enhance your outfit with a designer brand, look no further than Waikiki, where you can find some of the world's most famous fashion houses. In Waikiki, many of the stores open until 10 or 11 pm, so put on your most fashionable walking shoes and be prepared to shop until you drop.

Ala Moana Center

Kukui trees, taro, lily ponds and a lively mix of retailers and restaurants make Ala Moana more than the largest open-air shopping mall in the world. Its 340+ stores and restaurants, and Center Stage entertainment, make it both a social and commercial commonplace.

Ward Village

Minutes from Waikiki, the popular Ward Village offers more than 140 shops, 22 award-winning restaurants, and a state-of-the-art 16-screen cinema and entertainment center.

Kahala Mall

One of Honolulu’s most prestigious shopping centers, Kahala Mall boasts more than 90 shops, including an assortment of 15 eateries, ranging from local snacks to fine restaurants, an eight-screen cinema and a wide range of services.

Royal Hawaiian Center

This spacious shopping center covers three city blocks and boasts 110+ shops offering designer apparel and gifts. Harry Winston, Cartier, Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, and other classic luxury retailers are part of the mix, as well as coffee houses and numerous restaurants offering international cuisine over four levels.

Luxury Row

Located in the heart of Honolulu's Waikiki beach resort and urban retail district, Kalakaua Avenue's "Luxury Row" is a renowned international travel destination, which offers one of the finest collections of luxury brands in the world.

Waikiki Beach Walk

Forty specialty stores and many popular restaurants anchor the nearly 8-acre Waikiki Beach Walk in the heart of Waikiki. Among the attractions are Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Roy’s Waikiki and Kaiwa, a Tokyo teppan grill and sushi bar.

Waikele Premium Outlets

Discover 50 designer and name-brand outlet stores with savings of 25 percent to 65 percent everyday. Featuring A|X Armani Exchange, Adidas, Banana Republic, Barneys New York Outlet, BCBGMaxAzria, Coach, Guess, Kate Spade New York, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more.

Homecoming Honolulu

Located in downtown Honolulu, this specialty boutique offers fashionable clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. Featuring a mix of local designers and national labels, the trendy shop will help you find the perfect new items to complement your closet. 

Olive Boutique

Amp up your tropical wardrobe with beachy chic clothing and accessories at this Windward boutique. Also find handmade local jewelry, home decor and gifts that will remind you of your island vacation.

Fighting Eel

With the labels reading “Made in Paradise,” Rona Bennet and Lan Chung designed clothing for the modern woman. Each dress or top can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with slippers (flip-flops). Be sure to check out their new store in Kailua.