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There’s so much to do in Hawaii. But if you’re a cocktail/beer loving water baby with a shopping addiction you really will be in heaven - Hawaiian heaven - JENNY ROWLAND finds out.



You only need to walk outside the hotel and you are spoilt for choice. The shopping is great value with huge savings as there always seems to be a sale on and bargains abound.

Right at the back of the Beachcomber you have Nordstrom Rack, the Danish designer luxury department store that typically has 70 per cent off. Macy’s is a stone’s throw away and always seems to have a sale on.

Ross Dress for Less in Seaside Avenue (a five-minute walk away) is more of a bargain basement store with everything from luggage to sunglasses at ridiculously low prices. For shopaholics, the best bit is that it’s open until 1am.

Even with Hawaiian Airlines’ extremely generous luggage allowance of two, 32 kilograms bags (even in economy), you may need to buy another bag if you like to shop till you drop.

The Ala Moana Centre is a five-minute drive away and is the largest open air shopping complex in the world. Another must-visit is the Waikele Premium Outlets that are a little further out (about half an hour).




No shortage of fabulous bars for sundowners and cocktails in Waikiki, but if you’re a beer drinker you must start at the Beachcomber’s very own Maui Brewing Company.

It offers great craft beers and the best fish tacos in a fantastic al fresco setting.

Yard House is a giant beer house/sports bar located in Lewers Street boasting one of the world’s largest selections of tap beers and an incredible cocktail list.

You’ll find delicious and extensive bar food at both properties, where they use locally sourced ingredients and dishes are made from scratch.

Dinner at the iconic Dukes Restaurant (named after the legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku) is an experience no Waikiki visitor can miss. Right on the beach in front of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach resort, it offers a great Hawaiian atmosphere and is the home of hula pie. 




Race an outrigger canoe just like a local or have a surf lesson, but one way or another you must get in the waves.



Just over half an hour away from Waikiki, discover Jurassic Valley at the Kualoa Ranch.

There are many adventures to be had here, including horse riding, kayaking and AWD tours. Home to many Hollywood movie sets, Kualoa is a great fun day out for all the family



Work off that hula pie with a scenic hike up Diamond Head. The views over the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu are worth every step and where else do you get to climb a volcano?



Jenny flew to Honolulu with Hawaiian Airlines - read her flight review here

In Honolulu, she stayed at the new Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. Read her hotel review here.  


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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 19 June 2019

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