The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is best described as a Hawaiiana shopping spectacle, that’s both entertaining and overwhelming at the same time. This Oahu shopping event is sometimes referred to as the Aloha Flea Market, and is a world all on its own.
On Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays, hundred of venders start first
thing in the morning setting up their tents in the dark around the
stadium, circling around it almost a mile long multiple times to fit
everyone in…thus creating an Aloha Stadium Swap Meet bazaar.
My advise is to show up early and
don’t plan on conquering it all. The booths will seem
endless as you start your stroll into the Aloha Flea Market. You
will no doubt second guess yourself whether you’ve started off in the
right direction, and in the right row for that matter…trust me everyone
If you are only going to have one shopping on Oahu extravaganza, this might be the right choice. You’ll find just about everything here, from Aloha shirts to used surfboards. You’ll also find a wide variety of Hawaiian jewelry, handbags, locally designed and designer knockoff cloths, martial art weapons, house hold items, local artwork, and just about EVERYTHING Hawaiiana. And lets not forget some hibiscus printed luggage to ship everything back in!
Discounts, discounts, and more discounts…without a doubt you’re going to find some good discounts! And I promise you that once you have purchased something, you will find it again in the market at a cheaper price.
Stay patient and continue to shop around once you’ve found
something that you like, or learn how
to bargain! Almost everything is negotiable…!
Did I mention there are some great local food booths as well,
selling fresh local produce, flavorful island treats, and tempting
lunch items! And don’t pass up
on some refreshing coconut water that is cut open in front of
you with a mechete, and handed back over with a straw!
Treat yourself to a fresh mango, papaya, or some pineapple. My
favorite food vendors are the Crack Seed (dried fruit)
and Japanese rice cracker (also known as Kakimochi) booths.
Kakimochi is so popular on Oahu
sometimes find it mixed in with your popcorn at the movie theaters.
Crack seed can be an acquired taste. There are different styles
such as dried or pickled, and many different flavors to discover.
Consider taking some of these unusual local treats home to your family and friends to try. Whether or not they’ll like it, I’m sure it will make for a great conversation and memories.
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is such
a fun experience with so much to offer! And it continues to
evolve over the years. Some folks come to discover the best deals
to be found outside of Waikiki, while others are here to find that
unique special gift that you just don’t find anywhere. Whatever
draws you here…consider it one of the best
Oahu shopping experience on the island!
99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96818
From Waikiki it will take about an hour
Take the number 20 or 42 Honolulu Bus from Kuhio Ave
It will take you a little over an hour to get there
Ask the bus driver to notify you where to get off
Start Early - I can’t stress
enough to arrive in the morning!
The sun tends to get hot around the stadium…maybe its do to all the
surrounding concrete! Whatever the reason…you’ll feel the heat
quickly if you arrive midday.
Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and maybe some sunglasses…or plan on purchasing these items at the Aloha Flea Market.
Have an exit plan – don’t plan on seeing it all…you’ll regret it! You’ll find many good booths and deals in a short period of time. Decide what time to leave before getting started, and stick to it!
Parking – remember where you parked! Once you start walking around the stadium, your location and parking spot can become confusing. Take a picture on your phone of the section where you parked.
The Pearl Harbor Visitors Center is just 5 minutes down the road. Take a ferry ride across the bay to view the Arizona Memorial, or take a shuttle bus across the Pearl Island Bridge to climb aboard the Battleship Missouri.
The popular USS Bowfin Submarine, and the Pacific Aviation Museum are also available for viewing.
10 minutes away and the price of admission will transport you into Hawaii’s past, culture, monarchy, and much much more. I can’t tell you how much of a treat the Bishop Museum is.
The Hawaiian Hall and Kalihi Room are rich in Polynesian and Hawaiian artifacts that are not found collectively in many other places.
Don’t have time to make it out to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, consider Peggy’s Picks just outside Waikiki. This eclectic shop is loaded with unique finds from around the island, and around the world for that matter!
It’s hard not to walk away with something you fall in love with in Peggy’s shop.
Downtown Chinatown is another fun eye opening shopping experience! Get lost in the historic Chinatown district, and explore the art galleries, Asian gift shops, local produce stands, and the diverse restaurants, which surrounds it all.
Also don’t miss the colorful lei shops that help gives Chinatown Honolulu its flare.