Ever wanted a Hawaiian hula dashboard doll or a souvenir Hawaiian shirt? The best places for Hawaii souvenir shopping on a budget are hole-in-the-wall local spots where they are cheap, fun but authentic. I’m sharing the best places to buy cheap souvenirs in Hawaii
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4 Best Places to Buy Cheap Souvenirs in Hawaii
1. Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet Is our biggest open-air flea market in Hawaii. Need an extra luggage bag to ship back your souvenirs? Look no further! Hawaiian quilts, local artwork and crafts, ono local snaaaaaacks fo’ grindz!!!! Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is the best spot to find authentic Hawaii souvenirs, because many are sold by local artists and Hawaii vendors!
Over local 300 vendors, crafters, artists offer bargain prices on a wide variety of high-quality products from Hawaiian souvenirs, pre-packaged local foods and snacks, clothing, accessories, fine jewelry and vintage antiques. When you’re there, blow a kiss to me into the mountains; I can see you from my house. Located 20 minutes from Waikiki and 5 minutes from the airport, Aloha Stadium is a stone’s throw from Pearl Harbor’s Arizona Memorial
Check the website for information and Pop-up Food Vendor schedule.
Admission: $1 per person; Free for children under 11 years
Hours: Wednesday & Saturday 8a-3p; Sunday: 6:30a-3p
2. Waikele Premium Outlets
Are you a fan of premium outlet mall shopping? We Hawaii folk are too, which is why we have Waikele Premium Outlets, a mall for the budget conscious shopper! While you might not consider this souvenir shopping, many tourists come here for western apparel that costs more in their country. 55+ outlet stores from shoes to apparel, handbags and more. Check out the website for in-store deals going on so you can plan your shopping strategy.
If you still have shopping energy to burn, check out Waikele Center right below it, for quick dining and guaranteed fun shopping.
Location: 94-849 Lumiaina Street Waipahu, HI 96797 (808) 671-6977
3. Duke‘s Marketplace
Duke’s Marketplace is a hidden gem of Waikiki. With flea market type stalls, Duke’s Marketplace holds the vibe of the old International Marketplace before it was torn down for a luxury shopping mall. You’ll find some of the best Hawaii kitsch trinket souvenirs at bargain prices. From Jesus sandals to Hawaiian hula dashboard dolls, Hawaiian jewelry to Hawaiian shirts for dogs, hair weaving and muu’muu, you’ll get lost in a unique world of souvenir shopping here. One of my favorite spots and a great place to test out your haggling skills! Location: 5 Dukes Lane, Waikiki
Hours: Daily 9a – 11p
4. ABC Stores
Locally owned and operated, ABC stores are ubiquitous in Waikiki. They are stocked with everything for a tourist’s needs from beach needs, local snacks, toiletries and a ton of local souvenirs. I personally like the kitschy weirds stuff from Obama mints to cheap Hawaiian plumeria perfume, solar operated dashboard hula dolls and souvenir postcards . The standard gift souvenirs are there from Hawaiian cookies and macadamia nut candy to taro chips. You name it, they might have it.
Local snacks range from spam musubis to sushi and ahhhh,… poke, so you’ll get a quick fix of local ono faves! Prices are reasonable to cheap. A MUST.
5. Don Quijote
Don Quijote is a popular chain in Japan which sells everything from grocery, household products, skin care products, souvenirs and more! Don Quijote in Hawaii has its origins from being Holiday Mart and then changing names to finally being bought by the Japanese chain. Needless to say, it is a combination of a Japan-everything store to carrying a lot of Hawaii items and souvenirs as well.