There has been some debate as to whether the Kam Super Swop Meet and Aloha Stadium Flea Markets are touristy or mainly locals. The truth is you will see both. But if you are a bargain hunter and love to take your time looking over a wide variety of goods then you will enjoy these markets. Although it is easier to get to the mall and high street shops, nothing beats the atmosphere of a market, and these markets have everything except fleas.
The Aloha Stadium Swop meet is the biggest in Hawaii, there are over 700 vendors with goods ranging from antiques, souvenirs, cloths, food, handcrafts and art. Go early to avoid the heat, drink a lot – of water – bargain the price down, take along a bag trolley or backpack to store your purchases in. Parking is free. The market is outdoors and open come rain or shine.
Where: Aloha Stadium,(in the parking lot)
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.
Aiea, West Honolulu District
Getting there: Take the H-1 freeway from Waikiki, west to the Stadium exit 15A. Or Moanalua Freeway (78) (now H201) Exit 1E.
Tel: (808) 486-6704
Open Hours: Wed, Sat & Sun. 06:00-15:00
Cost: $1, Under 11 free.
Web site: Swop Meet
The Kam Super Swop Meet has new and used items and much the same as the other market but smaller. Also free parking. You can also pick up second-hand souvenirs! Much cheaper than Waikiki. It is an indoor market, open all year round.
Where:98-850 Moanalua Rd,
across from the Pearlridge II Shopping Ctr. in an old drive-in cinema.
Getting there: Take Aiea exit off Moanalua (H1) freeway, continue till Koanohi Street turn left and market is on your right, as you face the sea.
Tel: 808.483.5933 or 808.848.5555
Open hours: Wed, Sat & Sun. 05:30-13:00
Cost: 25c entry.
Then there is the International Market Place in Waikiki, which I am not recommending as a “unique” travel experience, it is crowded and aimed at tourists, but it does have a few pluses: Live Hawaiian entertainment is presented free of charge on some evenings; open 10:00-20:30; it is more convenient, being near the Waikiki beach at 2330 Kalakaua Ave.
You should beware of being ripped off, and be prepared to bargain. Try the allies right at the end of the market for the best deals.
Happy bargain hunting!