Stores packed with last-minute shoppers two days before Christmas

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The holiday rush is in full swing as people try to finish their errands before Christmas.

With two days to go, many people were still shopping Wednesday. If you were out and about, chances are you ran into big crowds as people tried to finish their “to-do” list.

At Costco in Iwilei, the rush began from the get-go. About a thousand cardholders walked in the doors in the first 30 minutes the store was open.

Many were shopping for holiday gatherings, like Caitlin Ramirez who picked up a “huge stack of eggs, blueberries, asparagus, salmon, ahi.”

Wednesday is the second busiest day for Costco, behind Black Friday, thanks to shoppers filling their carts.

Ramirez estimated her total “might come out to be a $1,000.”

We also checked out Kahala Mall and Ala Moana Center.

“I’m a little stressed,” said shopper Kim Davis.

“It’s crazy busy. I spent 45 minutes finding parking,” said shopper Courtney Panoke.

Some of the people we talked to say they do some of their best shopping during the last few days before Christmas.

“Why do you wait until the last week to do your shopping?” KHON2 asked.

“Usually the last day, there’s more sales, so I just wait until all the sales are out, and then I go shopping,” Panoke said.

“I normally get done earlier, but this year, I decided, you know, to just, we went and saw the lights, we went on the trolley ride, and we baked cookies,” Davis said.

It was also a busy day for Shokudo Japanese Restaurant on Kapiolani Boulevard. Managers say revenue increases 30 to 40 percent during the holidays because of office and family parties.

“Being that we are the busiest Japanese restaurant on the island, our employees know to work extra hours during the holiday season,” said Chris Kelsey, Shokudo operations manager.

At Honolulu International Airport, aside from the crowds of travelers, there were no major problems.

“I’m going for a volleyball camp,” said traveler Jesus Garcia.

It was a similar story at the airport post office, where lines moved quickly.Click here for holiday shopping hours in Hawaii’s major malls.

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