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Hawaii Itinerary – Oahu Shopping and Sightseeing

Oahu Shopping and Sightseeing Itinerary

The island of Oahu offers some of the very best shopping and sightseeing out of all the Hawaiian Islands. While there are a variety of shopping choices and sightseeing choices on Oahu, it may be somewhat tough to narrow it all down, especially if you don’t have much time on the island. Here are some of the main shopping centers and sightseeing spots to focus on if you have one day to spend on Oahu.

Oahu Shopping

Ala Moana Shopping Center

Ala Moana Shopping Center is the largest shopping center in Hawaii and it was once the fourth largest outdoor / open air shopping center in the world. It is located just a few minutes from Waikiki (which is more than likely where you will be), and the center offers a huge variety of stores and food choices. If you can think of it, more than likely Ala Moana has it. There are almost 300 different merchants, ranging from high-end luxury to local boutiques and surf shops. This is definitely a can’t miss shopping opportunity on Oahu.

Waikele Premium Outlets

Hawaii does have a lot of good shopping deals located around the island, though they can be a little tougher to find if you are not local and you only have a little time to spend on the island. The Waikele Premium Outlets offer 50 outlet stores that range from a variety of vendors. This outlet mall will allow you to find some nice island savings from outlets like A|X Armani Exchange, Adidas, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Guess, LeSportsac, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion Brand Jeans and more.

Pearlridge Center

Offering a unique shopping experience more toward the central part of Oahu is Pearlridge Center. The mall has been around for years and continues to grow and grow. It is now split into two phases, Pearlridge I and Pearlridge II. Each phase offers a ton of shopping, dining and more. You can access each phase by taking a quick monorail/tram from one side to another. A unique shopping experience that should be missed.

Oahu Sightseeing

North Shore, Haleiwa Town

Located on the famous North Shore of Oahu is Old Haleiwa Town. If you can only go to one area of Oahu to sight see, then this is the place to go. The North Shore of Oahu offers a ton of majestic scenery, popular beaches, great swimming and amazing food. Old Haleiwa Town itself offers a lot of unique site seeing opportunities, including sharks cove and turtle beach, which are two of the more popular places to view local wildlife on the island. There are also the countless amazing beaches on the North Shore, including Pipeline and Sunset Beach, both of which are world famous for their waves and their surfing. Have a few hours or a day to spend sightseeing on Oahu? Head to the North Shore.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Located off the Pali Highway closer to the Windward side of Oahu is the majestic Pali Lookout. Offering one of the most breathtaking views on Oahu, the Pali Lookout allows for full views of the entire Windward side of Oahu. This is also the place where Kamehameha I united the islands during battle. With historic value and scenic beauty, the Pali Lookout should definitely be on the top of your list.

The Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples

Located on Kahekili Highway on your way out to the North Shore (should you choose this route) is the Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples. The temple is not visible from the road, as it is located toward the back of the Valley of the Temples Cemetery. Nestled right in the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountain range, the temple offers plenty to see and do and also makes for a great place to see wildlife, amazing plant life and more. Spend part of your day on Oahu here!

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