Do you know about the Hilton Hawaiian Village shops? This Waikiki hotel is home to over 80 shops and boutiques, enough to satisfy everyone in your family.
I finally got the chance to explore most of the shops when my daughter and girlfriend visited me in Hawaii. As a treat, they stayed two days at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which allowed them to fully enjoy Waikiki.
I’d briefly been to the Hilton Hawaiian Village shops before, but this time I took some time to see what was out there.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Shops: An Alternative to Other Waikiki Shopping Areas
Hilton Hawaiian Village is about a mile away from Ala Moana Center and from the main Waikiki strip. So it’s nice that vacationers can get lots of shopping done at the hotel.
It’s also a great excuse for anyone to visit Hilton Hawaiian Village. Maybe stop in as you head out to the beach at the Hilton Lagoon.
Favorite Shops and Unexpected Treasures
The Hilton Hawaiian Village shops are spread out over the grounds and situated in 8 areas, mostly associated with the different towers. I went out in the morning searching for a cup of coffee, which led me through quite a few of the shopping areas before I found my caffeine fix.
I started with a true Waikiki staple, the ABC Store. For the uninitiated, these general merchandise stores are on most corners and are a traveler’s salvation for picking up forgotten or quick essentials. But once you get in the door, it’s pretty amazing what you’ll find.
The ABC Store at the Hilton Hawaiian Village shops was especially well-merchandised (not all ABC stores are equal). They were a bit understaffed, though, with longer lines than I like to stand in. But I still recommend going in and scouting out lots of Hawaii stuff you can’t live without.
I enjoyed browsing through Maui Girl and Making Waves, sister stores that are on the bottom floor of the Kalia Tower. These local stores have beach basics, lots of great hats, a darling children’s section, and even some designer pieces that showcase fashion here on the island. Look here for that flowy piece that will put some aloha in your day for a reasonable price.
The LeSportsac handbag store has all the latest Hawaiian designs exclusive to the island. This is a great chance to own one that nobody else has back home.
Other favorites for me at the Hilton Hawaiian Shops were Na Hoku, my favorite jewelry store on the island, and Honolua Surf, one of my daughter’s favorite shops.
And, of course, Honolulu Cookie Company is always a must-visit at any Hawaii mall.
But there really was something for everyone. I suggest any visitor to Waikiki browse here, whether you are staying at the Hilton or not. These shops are quiet, shaded, and quite varied.