While on O’ahu, don’t buy anything souvenir related until you get to the swap meet at the Aloha Stadium. If you don’t find what you want there then move on to a Walmart on the island. If that doesn’t have what you want, the final stop is the ABC stores in Waikiki. The cheapest souvenir items are at this place. Only if you can’t find what you want (and they do have a lot of stuff there) you buy it somewhere else.
Getting To the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
From Waikiki bus 42 will go all the way there and the stop you want is Kamehameha and Salt Lake. A warning though, it takes about an hour for the bus to get there from anywhere in Waikiki, maybe even longer. Plan accordingly (no bathrooms or food on The Bus).
From the west side, bus 40 goes right there and the stop you want is Kamehameha and Salt Lake. The time depends on traffic mostly (are you going during rush hour; it’s going to be a while) and how far away you are.
Hours and Admission
The swap meet is only open two days a week. On Sundays it’s open 6:30am to 3:00pm. On Wednesday it’s open 8:30am to 3:00pm. These are the only times available. I suggest going around early afternoon because the vendors have been out all day and are willing to lower the price at that point. By then, they want to empty their booth.
Whether you have a car or not it’s $1 per person. You’ll get tickets in exchange for that but that is merely for you to keep.
Once You’re There
The little white tents go all the way around the stadium. For food there isn’t much to pick from, maybe a hot dog stand and water bottles for sale, that’s about it. There are bathrooms. Wear walking shoes (there isn’t much places to sit down) especially if you plan on being there a while. They have everything for sale that you see at the ABC stores and more! Aloha shirts, sarongs, skirts, tiki masks, wooden turtles, umbrellas, luggage, key chains, leis, swim wear, towels, and there is literally too much to name. At the end of the day you’ll be happy you didn’t spend money in those ABC stores in Waikiki.