Best of HONOLULU Family 2018: Shop

Our readers’ and editors’ nine picks for the best places to shop in Honolulu.

Photo: Tommy Shih

Best Family Fashions

2017 HONOLULU Magazine Editors’ Pick


Since its opening at South Shore Market, we’ve noticed more ‘ohana wearing the bright, whimsical patterns of Kealopiko. The brand is more accessible now; the selection of clothing includes aloha shirts, dresses, tees and pants, so mixing comfort and style is easy for all ages. With the expansion of its Kahikikū line, the brand features a wider selection of colors and styles, and more locals are finding something that reflects their families’ own unique aesthetic. We expect a lot of family photos will include the Kealopiko family.

1170 Auahi St., (808) 593-8884,

Best Shaka Teethers

Editors’ Pick

Honi Me Teethers

Photo: Courtesy of Honi Me Teethers

Kailua mom Jennifer Flaherty started drawing up designs for her aloha-inspired teethers on her dining room table. Now, you can find her colorful silicone chewables in boutiques such as Eden in Love, Hopscotch Honolulu and Best of HONOLULU Family-winning online shop Izzy and Luke. The palm tree, monstera leaf, sunrise shell and pineapple shapes are easy for little ones to grab onto, plus each has a space for tethers so you can keep it off the floor. But our favorite is the friendly shaka with the adorable heart-shaped cutout.

On Instagram @honi_me_teethers,

Best Shopping Center for Families

Readers’ Pick

Ala Moana Center

Photo: Karen DB Photography

This is the first year readers picked Ala Moana Center and we’re betting it’s largely because of the new play area set up in the mauka wing. On any day, you’ll find toddlers, elementary school and even a few older kids scrambling up the platforms stacked 20 feet tall. Vinyl-coated cable nets go through each platform so kids cannot fall off. Parents can park themselves on the benches, go for a stroll or take a break in nearby Target, where the popular $1 bins and kids clothing areas are right through the doors closest to the structure. Other family pluses: the keiki-pleasing koi ponds, Disney and LEGO stores, more than 100 eating options and digital parking signs that tell you exactly how many spaces are left on each level.

1450 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 955-9517,

Rest of the Best

Best Place for Back-to-School Shopping

Readers’ Pick

Fisher Hawai‘i

Three locations on O‘ahu: Fort Street Mall, Kaka‘ako and Māpunapuna.

Best Place for Educational Toys

Readers’ Pick

Thinker Toys

Two locations on O‘ahu: Kāhala Mall, (808) 735-5442, Ka Makana Ali‘i, Kapolei, (808) 628-4719.

Best Family Vehicle

Readers’ Pick

Toyota Sienna

Best Place to Buy Kids Apparel

Readers’ Pick

Old Navy

Two locations on O‘ahu: Ala Moana and Waikele,

Best Place for Kids Furniture

Readers’ Pick

Baby Emporium

614 Cooke St., (808) 596-4868,

Best Place for Teacher Gifts

Readers’ Pick


Four locations on O‘ahu: Ala Moana, Kailua, Kapolei and Salt Lake,