The Aloha Stadium
is best described as a Hawaiiana shopping
extravaganza, that’s both entertaining and overwhelming at the same
This Oahu shopping event is sometimes
referred to as the Aloha Flea
Market, and is a world all on its own.
Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, hundred of vendors start first
thing in the morning setting up their booths in the dark around the
stadium, encircling it multiple times to fit everyone in rows that are easily a mile long. It is an absolute "Hawaiiana" bazaar where you can find anything and everything your heart desires.
My advice 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.
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 extravaganza on Oahu, this might be the right choice. You’ll find just about everything here,
from Aloha shirts to used surfboards, and everything in-between. Take your time as I have found lots of good finds through out this marketplace.
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 let's not forget some hibiscus-printed luggage or bags to ship everything back in. Good luck on trying to only choose one!
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 a different booth for a cheaper price, so it might be worth it to browse and take note of which booths you'll want to come back to after checking out multiple stalls that sell the same items.
Stay patient and continue to shop around once you’ve found something that you like, or learn how to bargain! Almost everything is negotiable!
And by the way, I always negotiate for a discount, and you should too if purchasing multiple items. You would be surprised at how willing the vendors are to give in to your haggling especially when it's nearing closing time. But if you feel awkward trying to get a discount, you can at least feel good knowing you most definitely purchased your items at a cheaper price than what you'll find in Waikiki. So it's all good!
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 machete, 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.
This is also a special marketplace where you’ll find local artists displaying their original artwork pieces in all different types of media.
Wood carvers, quilt weavers, painters, jewelry makers are just a few that make up diverse creativity that’s on display. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some of the crafters busy at work, bringing to life their next masterpiece.
The 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 or Hawaii souvenirs that you just don’t find anywhere. Whatever
draws you here, consider it one of the best
Oahu shopping experiences on the island!
& Hours of Operations: Wed, Sat & Sun – 8 am to 3 pm
Information: (808) 468-6704
The Waikiki Trolley visits many Honolulu Attractions including ones surrounding Diamond Head, Waikiki, Ala Moana, Aloha Stadium and more. There are 4 different routes to explore: Scenic Tour, Historic Tour, Shopping Tour, and the Island Tour.
Tickets start around $30 for a child day pass, and go up to $55 - $75 for an Adult 7 day pass.
Follow signs leading you into the Aloha Stadium parking lot
99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard, Honolulu,
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From Waikiki it will take about an hour on the Oahu Bus
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.
Enjoy up to a 5-hour shopping spree outside of Waikiki with transportation at the Waikele
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Continue your shopping on Oahu adventure and grab a bit to eat across the way at the Waikele Center. More details here…
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 visiting.
The Hawaiian Hall and Kalihi Room are rich in
Polynesian and Hawaiian artifacts that are not found collectively in
many other places.
Downtown Chinatown is another fun
eye opening shopping
experience! Get lost in the historic Chinatown district,
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.