Actually located in Aiea, Pearlridge Center's flagship stores are Macy's and Sears. There are a number of smaller shops that carry a good selection of clothing and shoes for the family, and a number of service shops and restaurants. This is a great place to do your walking when the weather is bad.
Ala Moana Shopping Center, located just outside of Waikiki, is a great place to spend a rainy day, and a terrible place to have to go near the Christmas holdidays. Years ago, the center had aspirations to become bigger and better, and the landmark stores changed from Sears and Liberty House to Sears, Macy's and Nieman Marcus. Be sure to check out Shirokiya, which carries much merchandise from Japan. For tropical wear, try Reyn's and Tori Richard as well as Tommy Bahama. Lots of small stores carry good selections of Hawaii-themed gifts.
One of the things I have liked about National Car Rental is that you can have a reservation that will guarantee you a car, but before you pick up that car you can check the lot to see what they have available within a given price range. Often I find better deals by doing it that way. Sometimes I have walked in and just asked for an upgrade, and received it. They have always treated me well at National Car Rental, which is why I recommend them.
This is a really busy marketplace, and you can get some great buys when one of the big stores (Lowe's, Borders, Old Navy, Vitamin World, or Sports Authority) has a sale. Quizno's and Jamba Juice and Starbucks are here, too. Ritz Camera will be opening a branch here in December, 2005.
Sooner or later every computer acts up, and when yours does this is a good place to go. They are trustworthy, and will not gouge you; and the quality of their work is good.
Last month gasoline was selling for 4.99 a gallon, and you had to think twice before getting into your vehicle. But if you had signed up at Maui Oil, you'd be buying your gasoline from them directly and paying 10 to 15 cents less a gallon. I'm always surprised at how many people don't know about Maui Oil, and the great deal they offer. This is one of the few places I shop where they always make me feel that my business is valued and appreciated.
Ka Lima O Maui helps to rehabilitate those with physical or emotional handicaps. They operate a thrift store and a nursery, and they also provide janitorial services and parks maintenance.
Their services really do improve people's lifestyles.
The Maui Bulletin comes out once a week, on Friday, but late Thursday you will see locals looking to see if it has come in yet at the airport or local stores. It's a great place to buy or sell an automobile, home furnishings and appliances, or computers.
I have had several surgeries and procedures done here, and I have always been impressed with the quality of the care I received while I was here. Their emergency room always is busy on the weekends, so do be prepared for triage if you you need to go there.
The Maui Jelly Factory produces small glass jars filled with local flavored jams and jellies that are just delicious. I always take some with me when I go to the Mainland, and they are great thank you gifts for hosts, helpful hotel staff, and you while you are on the road.