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Oahu Shopping Guide

Updated on May 1, 2012

For those looking for new clothes, a new place to dine, or even new movies, there are several shopping centers and malls on Oahu that offer a variety of shops, restaurants, and activities to keep you busy and entertained for hours.

Goma Tei Ramen Restaurant at Ala Moana Shopping Center
Goma Tei Ramen Restaurant at Ala Moana Shopping Center | Source

Ala Moana Shopping Center

Ala Moana Shopping Center is not only Hawaii's largest shopping center, but it is also the world's largest open-air shopping center.

There are over 290 merchants, ranging from specialty kiosks to luxury shops, and convenience stores to department stores.

Anchor stores include Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom, and retailers specializing in Hawaiian wares include Hilo Hattie, Martin & MacArthur, and Watumull's.

One can also by local fare at the Farmers' Market each Saturday.

There are over 70 dining venues which offer a diverse selection of cuisines. Whether you're craving Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, or Hawaiian food, options are abundant at Ala Moana Shopping Center.

A free Hula Show takes place at Ala Moana Centerstage daily, and throughout the year numerous performances, promotions, and other events take place at Centerstage to support Hawaii's local schools, talent, and charities.

Located just 5 minutes from Waikiki by car, Ala Moana also provides Trolley Service for a fee from various points in Waikiki.

Ala Moana Shopping Center:1450 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96814; 808-951-8866

Windward Mall Indoor Play Area
Windward Mall Indoor Play Area | Source

Windward Mall

Windward Mall, located in Kaneohe, is great for shopping and dining, and it's also really great for kids, as it is the only mall on Oahu with an indoor play area - the Hokule`a Voyage of Discovery Indoor Play Area.

Windward Mall also offers train rides on the Cubby Caboose Mini Express Train. The train runs throughout the entire mall, which kids and adults can board for a fee.

With over 120 shops and restaurants, Windward Mall also has theatres and miniature golf courses.

Every Monday is Military Monday in which active, retired, and qualified family members can receive a 15% off discount with a valid ID at participating merchants.

Every Wednesday afternoon shoppers can purchase local produce from the Farmers Market.

Often times the least crowded of all the malls on Oahu, even during the seasonal shopping seasons, Windward Mall is desirable for those who like to shop, but don't like to deal with hordes of people.

Windward Mall: 46-056 Kamehameha Highway Kaneohe, HI 96744; 808-235-1143

Fun Factory at Kahala Mall
Fun Factory at Kahala Mall | Source

Kahala Mall

Anchored by Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods Market, Macy's, and Longs Drugs, Kahala Mall, which is located in East Oahu, is home to over 70 merchants and over 20 dining and food establishments.

In addition to shopping and dining, visitors can catch a movie at Consolidated Theatres, play some games at Fun Factory, or participate in many of the ongoing activities hosted by the mall, such as Chess, Scrabble, Walking, and more.

Every Wednesday toddlers can enjoy arts & crafts, storytelling, or entertainment during Toddler Time, and special discounts are available at participating retailers for the little ones.

Located approximately 11 minutes away from Waikiki, Kahala Mall offers practical necessities, trendy finds, local products, specialty foods, and convenient services all under one roof.

Kahala Mall: 4211 Waialae Avenue #33 Honolulu, HI 96816; 808-732-7736

Pearlridge Express
Pearlridge Express | Source

Pearlridge Center

Located in Leeward Oahu, Pearlridge Center, Hawaii's largest enclosed shopping center facility, is actually comprised of several centers.

Pearlridge is home to the state's only monorail which provides transportation between Pearlridge Uptown, anchored by Macy's, and Pearlridge Downtown, anchored by Sears.

Other centers under the Pearlridge Center complex include Pearlridge East, which is anchored by Toys "R" Us, and Pearlridge West, which is anchored by Bed Bath, & Beyond.

The property is home to over 170 merchants, has two food courts (one in Uptown, one in Downtown), theatres, and two arcades.

Ongoing events, such as Toddler Tuesdays and Health Screenings, and seasonal exhibits and attractions, like the Pearlridge Express during the winter holiday season, make Pearlridge a popular destination for both kids and adults.

Pearlridge Center: 98-1005 Moanalua Rd. #231, Aiea, HI 96701; 808-488-0981

Ryan's Grill Banana Lumpia at Ward Centers
Ryan's Grill Banana Lumpia at Ward Centers | Source

Ward Centers

Spanning four blocks and just minutes from Waikiki, Ward Centers is a popular spot for locals to go and eat dinner then catch a movie, or for visitors to shop for unique made-in-Hawaii items.

With over 100 stores, including locally-owned boutiques and big-box retailers, you can also find theaters, numerous restaurants and cafes, and weekly free hula and line dancing classes.

Located across the street from Ala Moana Beach Park, visitors can dine in one of several restaurants with a view of the ocean or boat harbor, sit at a sidewalk table and people-watch while enjoying coffee or ice cream, or shop for apparel, furniture, home decor, or treats for their pets.

Ward Centers: 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96814; 808-591-8411

Other Options

These are just a few of the many shopping options on Oahu. There are numerous other strip malls and shopping complexes throughout the island, and even an outlet mall.

With so many great places to shop, it shouldn't be too difficult to find exactly what you need.

Oahu Shopping Centers and Malls

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A markerWard Centers -
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, The Ward Warehouse, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
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B markerPearlridge Center -
98-1005 Moanalua Rd, Aiea, HI 96701, USA
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C markerKahala Mall -
4211 Waialae Ave Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
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D markerWindward Mall -
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Windward Mall Shopping Center, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA
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E markerAla Moana Shopping Center -
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Danette Watt - Hope you get to visit again!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      You are lucky to live in Hawaii. My son was stationed there for 3 years and we went to see him in Oct 2008, about a month before he shipped out to Iraq. I loved it there and would love to go back again.

      I have a bad memory but do recall us going to a mall when we were there and this mall was HUGE! There was a walkway above the street to get to the other side of the mall. I can't tell if that's one of your malls listed here.

      I think we also went to the outdoor shopping center you mention here, the Ala Moana.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Eep63 Windward Mall is one of my favorites because it's always the least crowded and there are so many activities for the kids.

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      Eep63 5 years ago from Calgary, AB

      I liked it because it reminded me of when I was on Oahu and saw some of those malls. A bit of a trip down memory lane. It's also good to know where a mall is that isn't so crowded you can't walk.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am ready to go shopping! These malls are so interesting and offer shoppers entertainment as well. I would love to see a hula dance. Thanks for sharing.