I don’t have to warn you to be careful out there when it comes to holiday spending. According to WalletHub, Hawaii is one of the more frugal states, coming in at 44 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in a 2014 study of “States With the Biggest Spenders.”
(It’s likely because there’s little discretionary income left after paying for our homes, cars, utilities, health care and food.)
To help you along with holiday shopping, stores are rolling out discounts for Black Friday, which starts as early as Thursday at many stores. Here are a few places to start:
ALA MOANA CENTER
Black Friday is ThanksGetting Day at the center, where some stores will open the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day and stay open through Friday night.
Pick up a free shopping guide for information on specials and store sales or visit AlaMoanaCenter.com for a list of early store openings. Free valet parking will be offered at three locations: for drivers who enter from Piikoi Street, on Level 4 of the parking structure near Longs Drugs; for those who enter from Ala Moana Boulevard, on Mall Level 2 near Morton’s the Steakhouse and Longhi’s; and on Mall Level 2 near Nordstrom.
A limited-edition Big Santa stocking holder is the center’s gift with purchase, celebrating the mall’s iconic Santa sculpture. Spend $500 to receive the gift while supplies last, with a limit of one per person. Receipts dated Nov. 7 through Dec. 24, with no more than three individual receipts per store, will be accepted (gift card purchases do not count). Must be 13 or older to participate.
EDEN IN LOVE
This Black Friday sale is so big, it’s moved out of the boutique and into two conference rooms on the second floor at Ward Warehouse, where there will be tiered savings from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get in line by 8 a.m. to get your hand stamped to receive 50 percent off all items all day. Otherwise, discounts are as follows:
» 50 percent off between 6 and 8 a.m.
» 40 percent off from 8 to 10 a.m.
» 30 percent off from 10 a.m. to noon
» 20 percent off from noon to closing
Enjoy 20 percent off Saturday and Sunday as well. Call (808) 591-1005 for more information.
Early birds will get the best of tiered savings on all items in the store. Be in line at specified hours to receive the following:
» 30 percent off between 9 and 11 a.m.
» 25 percent off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
» 20 percent off between 1 and 9 p.m.
Savings continue Saturday and Sunday, when merchandise will be 10 percent off all day. On top of discounts, there will be gifts with purchase. Stores are at McCully Shopping Center (941-3223) Ward Warehouse (589-3223) and Waimalu Plaza, 98-1277 Kaahumanu St. (483-3223).
The downtown boutique will be hosting a Black Friday trunk show of petite women’s designs by Alison Izu, as well as the designer’s family collection Love & Aloha.
Also shop for designs by Ten Tomorrow, Rumi Murakami and Ginger13 jewelry, and gifts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The boutique is at 22 S. Pauahi St.
The official opening is at 7 a.m. Friday, although some stores will open as early as 5 a.m. Others will open on Thanksgiving Day.
Shoppers who purchase $200 or more in same-day receipts (maximum of two receipts per store) between 6 and 11 a.m. Friday will receive a $10 Kahala Mall gift certificate and a selection of breakfast items from Whole Foods Market accompanied by a free cup of coffee from Starbucks, in the Center Court area of the mall. (The gift-with-purchase redemption runs from 7 to 11 a.m.)
A gift wrap center will be open between Macy’s and Champs Sports Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 18-24 during mall hours. Show your same-day receipts from Kahala Mall to get the first gift wrap free, with a minimal charge for each additional wrapping service.
The annual Green Friday sale will feature a 25 percent discount on all MH merchandise, with discounts of 10 to 25 percent on merchandise by Estrela, MI Nei and Pirate Crush jewelry, Aloha Friday sunglasses and Jenn Johnson art from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 767 Kailua Road. Call (808) 263-3366.
The mall will officially open at midnight Friday, although some merchants, including Toys R Us (5 p.m. Thursday), Macy’s and Sears (6 p.m. Thursday), will open earlier.
Keep the kids entertained with a ride on the Pearlridge Express train in Uptown Center Court. The train runs daily through Jan. 4, with tickets priced at $3.50.
ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER
The 25-foot-tall holiday tree in the Royal Grove sets the mood for holiday cheer, with stores open during regular hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily throughout the holiday season.
The center offers an hour of free parking with validation of a $10 minimum purchase, then $2 per hour for the next two hours for a maximum of three hours. After three hours, standard parking is $2 per 20 minutes.
From Friday through Sunday, shop for 50 percent off select men’s and women’s apparel, and 30 to 50 percent off handbags and accessories from the famed London designer.
The boutique is in the Westin Moana Surfrider at 2365 Kalakaua Ave. Call (808) 744-5402.
The mall will officially open at 6 a.m. Friday, although select retailers will open on Thanksgiving Day. Visit WindwardMall.com for details. Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #WINDWARDJOY to be eligible to win prizes from the mall.
Also get into the holiday spirit at a “Dear Santa” letter-writing station, open through Dec. 24 in the Sears wing.
WINDWARD MEDISPA & VEIN CENTER
Get tiered savings on products and beauty packages between 9 a.m. and noon Friday. Save on everything from facial packages to laser hair removal, liposuction and injectable treatments.
Receive 30 percent off between 9 and 10 a.m., 25 percent off from 10 to 11 a.m. and 20 percent off from 11 a.m. to noon. Products such as Environ, Yonique 3D fiber lashes and Dr. Spiller’s Organics will be offered at 20 percent off from 9 to 10 a.m. and 15 percent off from 10 a.m. to noon.
Or, buy a $100 gift card and receive four $25 gift cards (must be given to different people).
The medispa is at 25 Maluniu Ave., Suite 202. You can also shop via phone at (808) 261-8346.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.