Hawaii retailers pull out all the stops for holiday shoppers

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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but some people already have a head start on the holiday shopping season, and some stores are already offering Black Friday deals.

Retailers in Hawaii are pulling out all the stops to attract shoppers and several stores are opening on Thanksgiving day to give shoppers a head start before Black Friday.

“It’s coming too fast,” said shopper Leanne Koike. “It always comes too fast. There is never enough time.”

Stores at Ward Village are already having holiday sales. “At Ward, it’s all about local and unique and that’s something we hear from our shoppers all the time,” said Katie Kaanapu, director of community and retail marketing. They want to continue to have unique offerings, unique sales that aren’t available anywhere else in Hawaii.”Ward Village is also opening up a 4,200-square foot ice skating rink on Black Friday.

The National Retail Federation reports 24 percent of shoppers are planning to shop small this year and buy gifts at small or local businesses.

The world’s largest open air mall, Ala Moana Center, is opening at 6 a.m. Friday, and some stores will be open on Thanksgiving. Ayshia Sabado said she’s shopping on the holiday because “that’s what takeout is for, just takeout turkey.”

Pearlridge Center is opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, a first for the mall. Some stores are even opening an hour earlier and retailers will stay open through the night for people who want to enjoy one holiday before thinking about the next.

“I kind of want to eat dinner and spend time with the family, but all the sales are starting earlier and earlier, so it’s hard to go shopping and spend family time, too,” said Waipahu resident Chris Sullivan.


Holiday shopping days and hours for major Oahu malls:WARD VILLAGE

  • Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving): Closed
  • Nov. 27 (Black Friday): 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (select stores open at 7 a.m.)
  • Nov. 28 (Small Business Saturday): 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 11: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 12-23: Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas): Closed
  • Dec. 26-30: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

ALA MOANA CENTER

  • Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving): Select Stores Open
  • Nov. 27 (Black Friday): 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Normal mall hours
  • Dec. 5-23: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas): Closed
  • Dec. 26: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 27-30: Normal mall hours
  • Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Jan. 1: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

PEARLRIDGE CENTER

  • Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving): 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
  • Nov. 27 (Black Friday): 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 28-Dec. 11: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 12-23: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas): Closed
  • Dec. 26: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 28-30: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

PRINCE KUHIO PLAZA (Hawaii Island)

  • Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving): 6 p.m.-Midnight
  • Nov. 27 (Black Friday): 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 28: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 3: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 4-5: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 7-10: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 11-23: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas): Closed
  • Dec. 26: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 28-30: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Jan. 2: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

QUEEN KAAHUMANU CENTER (MAUI)

  • Nov. 27 (Black Friday): 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 28: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 5: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 7-10: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 11-23: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

WAIKELE PREMIUM OUTLETS

  • Nov. 25: 9am-9pm
  • Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving): 9 a.m. – Midnight
  • Nov. 27 (Black Friday): Midnight-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 28: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 29: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 18: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 19: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 21: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 22: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 23: 9 a.m. -9 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas): Closed
  • Dec. 26: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 28: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 29: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 30: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve): 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day): 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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