The sky, the sea, the surf… the retail opportunities! Soaked by sunshine, just steps from silken sands and surrounded by swaying coconut trees, your meeting and incentive attendees will find that browsing Hawaii’s shops is the ultimate shopping therapy.
Supreme Shopping Centers
The Ala Moana Shopping Center, the premier shopping mall in Hawaii, is just steps from the Hawaii Convention Center and the resort area of Waikiki. It’s the world’s largest outdoor shopping mall—and does not disappoint. Featuring 290 stores, including nearly 70 dining options and a diverse collection of stores ranging from locally owned boutiques to national retailers.
The history and culture of Waikīkī are woven throughout the architecture of International Market Place with its flowing water features, lush landscaping and iconic banyan tree that is more than a century old. It also features approximately 75 retailers and Hawaii’s first Saks Fifth Avenue.
Waikele Premium Outlets is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Honolulu, and is the only outlet center on the island of O'ahu. Shop more than 50 designer and brand name outlet stores.There are also plenty of exciting dining options at their open-air food pavilion.
Venture away from Waikīkī into the boutiques, galleries, and locally owned stores in Hawaii’s small towns and you’ll discover unique finds: jewelry, pottery, textiles, and intricately carved koa woodworks crafted by local artisans.
Even better: no two towns are alike. On Oahu’s North Shore, the shops in Haleiwa take their vibe from surf culture. On Kauai, the bustling galleries, shops and cafes of Hanapepe Town are housed in picturesque historic buildings. And on the island of Hawaii, Holualoa is an artsy town rooted in the heart of Kona coffee country.
In Maui, your guests will delight in racks upon racks of top fashion brands in Lahaina. This former whaling village of is home to a sprawling outlet center—the only one in the world situated in an historic oceanfront resort town.
Food Culture in Hawai‘i
With our bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, fertile upland cattle farms and Pacific Ocean waters teeming with sashimi-grade fish, Hawaiian cuisine is a colorful tapestry of traditions and flavors. Here, ancient customs meet international influences brought to Hawaii over hundreds of years, giving local food culture more layers than a Maui onion. From dawn until well past dusk, Hawaii offers visitors a dizzying menu of culinary wonders, including the islands’ own Hawaii Regional Cuisine
, which blends the islands’ diverse flavors with the fruits of Hawaii’s farms and plantations
In Hawaii, our palates have been influenced by generations of immigrants from around the globe, so it’s no surprise that our melting pot is filled with countless ethnic specialties. Local tastes are as varied as you’ll find anywhere in the world, but there are local delicacies that are more or less exclusive to Hawaii. Street food in the islands reaches its zenith in the plate lunch, served on a paper plate and featuring everything from teriyaki beef with two scoops rice to the Japanese hybrid, spam musubi. Locals are also drawn to loco moco breakfasts (white rice topped with a hamburger, fried egg and brown gravy), exotically flavored shave ice and custardy coconut haupia.
One more thing you need to know: the Hawaiian word for "delicious" is ono!