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Kalakaua Avenue

Kalakaua Avenue
Kalakaua Avenue

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Kalakaua Avenue serves as one of the premiere destinations for shopping on the island of Oahu. Known as the "heart of Waikiki," this street is named after King David Kalakaua and is home to some of the most illustrious hotels, restaurants and shops in Waikiki Beach. The avenue stretches from downtown Honolulu to the end of Kapiolani Park and offers a unique international shopping experience against the backdrop of the beautiful Hawaiian oceanfront. The variety of shops on Kalakaua is extensive, from high-end designer boutiques to authentic Hawaiian apparel and souvenirs, as well as popular national retailers like Apple. Specialty foods such as Kona coffee, macadamia nuts and fruit preserves make great gifts to take home, and the avenue is also home to small local boutiques featuring Hawaiian jewelry, quilts, art, ceramics and books.

Luxury Row - 2100 Kalakaua Avenue is home to eight luxury boutiques—Tiffany & Co., Coach, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Tod's, and Hugo Boss—in the heart of Waikiki's urban and beach resort district.

DFS Galleria - The Galleria offers many exclusive luxury-brand items all duty-free. Shops include Prada, Gucci, Vera Wang, Godiva, and Emporio Armani among others.

Royal Hawaiian Center - The Royal Hawaiian Center is situated in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Sheraton Waikiki and has more than 100 shops and restaurants. It features everything from designer apparel to fun-in-the-sun gear, fine jewelry to Hawai'ian treasures. The Apple Store is front and center and high-end boutiques like Kate Spade, 7 For All Mankind, Bebe, Bulgari, Fendi, and Cartier comprise the rest of the center.

International Marketplace - The International Marketplace has been an island tradition for years and is the center for shopping and dining in Waikiki. With over 130 carts, shops, and artisan stands, this open-air setting in the heart of Waikiki remains a must-see-and-do for that special gift or souvenir. Take the time to "talk story" with the local craftspeople, and snap a photo by a cascading waterfall under a century-old banyan, original home of Donn the Beachcomber. The International Food Court offers a variety of local and international cuisine, plus free Hawaiian entertainment five nights a week.

Waikiki Beach Walk - The largest development project in the history of Waikiki Beach, with eight acres of energetic and eclectic retailers, Waikiki Beach Walk features an outdoor entertainment plaza, nearly fifty stores, sixteen dining establishments, and five hotels. Waikiki Beach Walk gives shoppers a taste of local flavor with local businesses such as Hawaiian Quilt Collection, Mana Hawai'i and Under the Koa Tree, as well as with popular surf brands Quiksilver and Honolua Surf Co.

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