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Stores to buy wine near Waikiki

pgwiz1 Dec 7, 2010 09:52 AM

Going to be in Honolulu for a few days, and wanted to buy some bottles of wine to keep at the hotel, to help save some $$. Do the grocery stores sell wine? What's a good place to go get good affordable bottles (not looking for specialty wines, but also don't want cheap gas station wine).

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    Moanalua Dec 7, 2010 11:06 AM

    We like Fujokas which is located about a mile out of Waikiki in Market City Shopping Center. The store's address is 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite LL Honolulu, HI 96826 (808) 739-9463, but the store is actually on the Kaimuki Ave. side of the building. There's also a Foodland Supermarket in the same shopping Center that has an R. Field Wine Company shop. You should ample choices with either store:

    Market City Shopping Center
    Quiznos Subs Kapiolani, Honolulu, HI 96826

    1. KaimukiMan Dec 7, 2010 12:53 PM

      Agree with Moanalua about Fujiokas (btw, the map is TOTALLY off) Safeway is a bit closer on Kapahulu and while not nearly the selection, like foodland its not a bad choice. Foodland is also at Ala Moana Center, as is Longs Drugs, both of which have a minimal but decent selection. Even the Food Pantry stores and many of the ABC stores in Waikiki have a limited wine selection. The prices may be a little higher, but presumably its just a few bottles.

      Ala Moana Center
      1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

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      1. re: KaimukiMan
        manomin Dec 7, 2010 06:09 PM

        I love to shop at Tamura's on Waialae. Not only do they have great wine & spirits they have a nice section of gourmet foods and delicious poke as well. It's my go to after lunching at Town.

        1. re: manomin
          KaimukiMan Dec 7, 2010 06:21 PM

          agree on tamura's, but it is a bit further from waikiki. there is also the wine stop on king near mccully.

          1. re: manomin
            Bill Hunt Dec 14, 2010 07:42 PM

            Another good rec. and one that we have availed ourselves of. Worth the treck, and much better selections than the grocery stores, or ABC.

            I am more into the selections, and if the prices do not cause a heart attack, am a happy camper. To me, little is better than a nice Montrachet, on the lanai, over a Waikiki sunset with my wife.

            Good call,


        2. Bill Hunt Dec 14, 2010 07:38 PM

          Much will depend on what you consider "affordable bottles." Costco has good prices, but once you get past the mid-range wines, the selections will be limited. We'll often pick up a few bottles, and the choices will depend on what is available that day.

          For better wines, we like Fujokas, mentioned above, and also the wine shop in the older section of the Ward Center (forget the name, and the owner changed about 2 years ago). They normally have a nice selection of Burgs, especially white Burgs, at fair prices for "paradise."



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          1. re: Bill Hunt
            Miss Needle Jun 17, 2012 08:18 AM

            Are Fujokas and the Ward Center (The Liquor Collection I'm presuming) still the best places for better wines? Mainly looking for a wine store with a good selection of champagne (especially rose) and burgs (red and white). How do they compare to Tamura?

            1. re: Miss Needle
              Bill Hunt Jun 17, 2012 07:57 PM

              Unfortunately, I cannot tell you. Most of our O`ahu trips have gone to the North Shore, and Costco has been our "go-to" spot for those.

              Others will be able to help you.

              Good luck, and enjoy,


              1. re: Miss Needle
                macaraca Jun 17, 2012 11:39 PM

                Tamura's definitely has the widest selection, with Fujioka's a clear second. However, hard to say whether one or the other will have exactly what you want, since neither would compare to a large, well stocked store in California or New York. They are less than 5 minutes apart by car, with Fujioka's a bit closer to Waikiki than Tamura's. Liquor Collection, smaller, and often much more expensive, is closest to Waikiki (actually in Ward Warehouse, a block beyond Ward Center), and in the opposite direction, but quite easily reached by city bus.

                1. re: Miss Needle
                  Miss Needle Jun 18, 2012 12:53 PM

                  Thanks Bill and macaraca for the info. Will be having a car so I'll hope at least one of these wine stores will having what I'm looking for. Have contemplated shipping stuff to Oahu but will probably run into some logistical issues we don't want to deal with while on vacation.

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