Waikiki, the tourist epicentre of Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, boasts a nexus of activity. Apart from catching waves and frolicking on the iconic Waikiki beach, feasting on Hawaiian gastronomy and sipping on your favourite concoctions, you’ll also be able to get your shopping fix right here.
In this guide to shopping in Waikiki, we bring you some in-the-know boutiques at the Royal Hawaiian Center, the leading shopping and entertainment destination in Waikiki, as well as some of the coolest boutiques along this bustling stretch.
Here’s where you’ll discover Waikiki’s treasure without the hunt.
Multi-label boutique for ladies
This multi-label boutique accentuates all that is fun, exciting and vibrant – a modern reflection of the vivacious Hawaii. Each piece at Aloha Aina Boutique is carefully curated to suit a varied crowd. You’ll find a range of resortwear, summer dresses and jewellery for women as well as a small range of apparel for the little ones. Brands like Jana Lam, Amy Grace Jewellery, Tiare Hawaii, Mauimari Ocean Jewellery are some highlights in store.
Premier womenswear brand
Perhaps you’ve heard of this boutique. Probably because it’s been around for two decades and is touted as one of the premier womenswear brands in the U.S. The amazingly chic Calypso St. Barth in Waikiki is a 1,600 sq. ft. space filled with unique bohemian styles for women. From exotic dip-dyed kaftans to luxurious cashmere cardigans, this boutique is perfect for the effortlessly elegant woman.
Resortwear uniform for men since 1936
Trust Kahala to carry the ultimate resortwear uniform for men. For over 80 years, the team has offered tropical prints with exquisite textile artwork and clothing styles with a personality that is distinctly Kahala. Now, shirts, T-shirts, board shorts, swim shorts and accessories in comfy rayon, cotton and linen materials are a common sight at the boutique.
Lashings of cool-girl chic
Kai Luxe is a women’s clothing and swimwear boutique featuring a multitude of resortwear brands, accessories and even children’s clothing. One of the new kids on the block, this cheery boutique carries the finest swimwear and resortwear staples with lashings of cool-girl chic. Accompanying accessories like beach towels, footwear, bags and jewellery can also be found here.
Hawaiian jewellery with contemporary Hawaiian influences
The rich history of Hawaii awaits you at Kao Nani – through jewellery. Inspired by the unique and wondrous natural splendour of the Hawaiian Island, each piece of jewellery is an opus, lovingly handcrafted by a family of artisans, combining the rich history of Hawaiian jewellery with contemporary Hawaiian influences. The pieces are intermingled with silver and white, pink and yellow gold. Platinum pieces with precious and semi-precious stones like diamonds, opals and turquoise are also available. You know where to find us!
Aboriginal and native inspired jewellery
Touted as Hawaii’s leading hand-crafted jewellery and accessory company, Native Hands is one jewellery shop you can’t miss. The store’s interior presents a rustic vibe with the clever use of woods and tribal motifs. The aboriginal and native inspired collections are not cluttered and are showcased perfectly for you to mix and match.
Authentic beach culture
Situated in the hip Surfjack Hotel, this boutique may be small in size but sure does pack a punch. The boutique oozes beach vibes. They even have an Instagrammable pineapple printed wall for your daily snaps. The beach-focused apparel includes men’s and womenswear brands from Cleobella, Sundry, California Dreaming, Splendid Mills, Surfjack and more. Be sure to grab a cuppa featuring beans from the Northwest favourite, Caffe Vita on your way out.
For all beach babes
The sister boutique Aloha Aina, Pink Sand Hawaii is a quaint little boutique that stars everything from swimwear to beach accessories and jewellery. Fun and flirty tops from Flynn Skye, bandeau bikini tops from Mikoh, rattan tote bags from Flora Bella and swimwear classic from Acacia, Cali Dreaming and kid’s label, Kimi and Li are some highlights in this boutique. Perfect for all beach babes.