Souvenirs at the Stadium
The ABC Stores on Honolulu's every corner actually aren't a bad place to pick up inexpensive gifts for loved ones back home. But true bargain-hunters will want to make the 20-minute drive from Waikiki to the Aloha Stadium swap meet, held every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hundreds of stalls form a big loop outside the stadium, selling everything from $1 candlenut necklaces to carved wooden trinkets, pearl strands, poi balls, sunglasses, silver jewelry, and souvenir T-shirts. When you're tired of haggling, take a break with a cup of fresh pineapple or sip on a young coconut. You'll get much better prices than you would at Waikiki's International Village, but the real advantage is the relatively relaxed and low-pressure environment. If you're on your way to Pearl Harbor, swing by the stadium and make a day of it.
By Stephanie Perry, AFAR Local Expert
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