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    Shopping in Hawaii - What's Your Budget?

    Impressively low airfares to Hawaii are flooding the market, and it's enough to make anyone consider choosing a state-side holiday over the usual favourite holiday haunts of Bali and Fiji. Aside from airfares, another consideration tipping in the favour of a Hawaiian holiday is the vast shopping haven, nestled throughout the Pacific tropical paradise of the islands. Shopping in Hawaii can cater for all budgets and produce prudes.

    Best Place to Hunt for Local Produce

    There are more than 20 Farmer's Markets on the Big Island alone. The stalls sell irresistible finger foods inspired by Hawaiian cuisine, along with cultural fusion foods from the mix of nationalities that have made Hawaii home.

    Pick up a fresh coconut for a thirst-quenching drink, and then peruse the stalls for some handmade artwork and unique gifts for family and friends not lucky enough to be with you on your trip.

    For something a little bit different, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace is an open air flea market. Peruse the stalls of more than 400 merchants and artists offering local, handmade and imported produce.

    Remember that some of the produce may be subject to customs restrictions on arrival in Australia. It's best to check before you purchase to avoid making an unwanted appearance on Border Security.

    Image courtesy of Prayitno - Flickr

    Best Place to Pick up Bargains

    ABC stores are a local institution and the best place to grab a bargain. There are almost 60 ABC stores across the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, so chances are there will be one near your hotel or beach hut. Think bright colours, beach vibes and some souvenir knick-knacks. It's all perfectly designed to use up spare greenbacks and fill any empty air pockets in your luggage.

    Dare to buy a hula skirt and bikini top or buy your very first Ukulele to bring back some laid-back island vibes to Australia. Visit a few different ABC stores to see the different collections of jewellery, Hawaiian shirts, novelty gifts and tropical fragranced toiletries in stock.

    Best Place to Splash out on Premium Brands

    Open 7 days a week, grab a deal in some of the US' most coveted clothing stores, including Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, and make space for a new pair of Chuck Taylors. Outlet prices are further reduced in many stores for seasonal sales or special promotions. For shoppers over 50 years of age with photo ID, you can find a further 10% discount on Tuesdays. Perhaps a stop off at a luggage shop will be needed to fit in your new wardrobe.

    The Waikele Premium Outlet is a short 30 minute drive from Waikiki on the island of Honolulu, passing by Honolulu International Airport. Make it a day trip and stop by Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre to take a tour around the historic sites of the active military base.

     

    And hopefully, you will come back after shopping in Hawaii with more than a bright Hawaiian shirt and a collection of colourful leis to dish out to family and colleagues.To kick start your Pacific tropical paradise journey, give our reservations team a call on 1300 656 601 or book online today!

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