Malls offer Fukubukuro mystery grab bags as part of New Year’s shopping tradition

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Ala Moana Center and Royal Hawaiian Center are once again kicking off the new year with Fukubukuro.

The annual event, which always takes place on Jan. 1, is a Japanese tradition that offers grab bags for half their retail value.

The catch? Shoppers won’t know what’s inside until after they purchase the bags.

At Ala Moana Center, more than 70 retailers are participating.

The center is advising shoppers to arrive early, as most of the bags sell out shortly after stores open.

Ala Moana Center will be open on Friday, Jan. 1 from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Ala Moana Center’s participating retailers include:

‘Auana Quilts, ABC Stores (Center Court and Macy’s Wing), Agent Provocateur, American Apparel, Animation Magic, bareMinerals, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Big Island Candies, Bloomingdale’s, Boardwalk Treats, CH Carolina Herrera, Crazy Shirts, Diane von Furstenberg, Emporio Armani, Folli Follie, Forever 21, Gap, Gap Kids, Godiva, Gucci, h2go Hawaii, Hawaiian Quilt Collection, Ho’āla Salon and Spa – Aveda, Hula Lehua, In4mation, Island Slipper, Jimmy Choo, Kahala, kate spade new york, Kay Jewelers, Kipling, Laline, LeSportsac, Local Motion, L’Occitane en Provence, Loco Boutique, Lupicia, mālie organics, Martin & MacArthur, Maui Divers Jewelry, Michael Kors, Michal Negrin, Microsoft, Minamoto Kitchoan, Nine West, Papyrus, Porsche Design, REDValentino, Reyn Spooner, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samantha Thavasa, San Lorenzo Bikinis, Sanrio, Sephora, Shoe Palace, SoHo (kiosk), Spiral Girl, Sunglass Hut (Center Court, Ewa Wing, Nordstrom Wing), Swatch, T&C Surf Designs, Teavana, Ted Baker London, The Art of Shaving, The Body Shop, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard, Vera Bradley, Versace and Williams-Sonoma.

Dozens of shops and restaurants at Royal Hawaiian Center also offer this New Year’s tradition:

Allure Swimwear, Aloha Aina Boutique, Clearlight Jewelry, Crazy Shirts, Fighting Eel, Forever 21, Harley-Davidson Waikiki, Hawaiian Island Arts, Honolulu Home Collection, Island Fashions, Island Slipper, Island Soap & Candle Works, Jimmy Choo, kate spade new york, Koi Honolulu, L’Occitane, LeSportsac, Letarte, Lole Hawaii, Love Renaissance, Maui Divers Pick-A-Pearl, P.F Chang’s Waikiki, Pineapple Princess, Pink Sand, Ranger Sports, Royal Hawaiian Boutique, Royal Hawaiian Quilt, Salvatore Ferragamo, Silver Lanis, Simply Wood Studios, SoHo, and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.

Royal Hawaiian Center is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, including holidays.

Bags will be available while supplies last, all sales are final and there are no returns on Fukubukuro merchandise.Get more information from Ala Moana Center here.Get more information from Royal Hawaiian Center here.

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