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Oahu shopping

In the rest of Hawaii, dressing up might mean switching your flip-flops for shoes. But Oahu displays a contemporary, uniquely Hawaiian sense of style. There is so much shopping on Oahu, you could easily replace your entire wardrobe, furnish your apartment, and start a collection of Polynesian crafts. The Ala Moana Shopping Center, located beachfront right outside of Waikiki, is the largest outdoor shopping mall in the United States and a black hole of retail and restaurant options. The less congested Ward Warehouse (1050 Ala Moana Blvd, 808-591-8411) and Kahala Mall (4211 Waialae Ave., 808-732-7736) also offer one-stop shopping, mixing only-in-Hawaii boutiques with national brands.

Surfwear, bathing suits, and rash guards from local brands like Xcel or Hawaiian Island Creations make for very practical Hawaiian souvenirs. So do artisanal products from Island Glassworks or the network of galleries in Chinatown (check out First Fridays, an event that combines shopping and nightlife). And Hawaiiana books from Na Mea Hawaii or a real Kamaka ukulele are unique-to-Hawaii items you can't easily get anywhere else in the world.

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Anne Namba, Honolulu

Hawaiian-born Namba has designed for the costume department of Radio City Music Hall, lived in exotic locales like Thailand and Iran, and traveled extensively...more

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First Fridays, Honolulu

From 5 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, Chinatown (which extends east-west from River Street to Richard Street and north-south between Beretania...more

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Hawaiian Island Creations Outlet, Kapolei

This made-in-Hawaii brand of surfboards, clothing, and surf accessories has been around since 1972, but it's still nearly impossible to find (outside of Oahu...more

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Island Glassworks, Kailua

Owner and artist in residence Geoff Lee uses traditional Italian techniques at his hot and cold glassmaking facility. The results, for sale in the attached...more

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Kamaka Ukuleles, Honolulu

Widely considered to be the best, these ukuleles have been made in Hawaii since 1916. You'll find them for sale everywhere, but coming to this factory location...more

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Malie Organics, Waikiki

Malie's fruit, flower, and vine essences—gathered from Kauai's rain forests and rich volcanic soil—have arrived in Waikiki (a tad more convenient...more

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Muumuu Heaven, Kailua

Where do vintage Hawaiian muumuus, those long dresses in brightly colored prints, go after they become frayed? An increasing number are being reincarnated as...more

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Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Honolulu

The official store for Na Mea Hawaii, an organization dedicated to sharing Hawaiian culture, language, and traditions. The stock here ranges from academic books...more

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Shirokiya at Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu

Popping into this Japanese department store is like taking a quick trip to Tokyo. You'll find Japanese electronics, clothing, toys (including a good selection...more

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Xcel Wetsuits, Haleiwa

Founded in 1982 on the North Shore, Xcel still manufactures and sells standard and custom-fit wet suits for surfing and diving. There's also a good selection of...more

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