Summer break is coming to a close in Hawaii’s public schools. On the other hand, schools in Japan have finally entered the summer vacation. On the first day of July 21, the number of passengers traveling from Japan to Hawaii was about 3,200, an increase of nearly 1,000 from the previous day on July 20. Of course, in Waikiki, I often see Japanese families with children.
On July 15, DFS, one of the icons of downtown Waikiki, reopened. It closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Afterwards, a major investment company bought the tower and decided to develop it, but will DFS reopen it? Will it become a hotel again? Become a vacation rental? Rumors abounded.
When will it reopen after confirmation? spring? summer? And so on, finally recovered.
In fact, there is only a trial operation on the first floor at present, and it is expected to have a grand opening in mid-September. However, the interior appears to have been refurbished. Let’s go in.
There’s also a corner that seems like an Instagrammable spot. The original image of the store was neat and stylish, but the overall taste has changed.
It is a duty-free shop, but it seems that only alcohol and cigarettes are duty-free. You need to show your passport and ticket (for international flights).
From the product lineup, there are biscuits, coffee, coffee mugs, coffee bags and other products that can only be purchased at DFS.
As you walk around, you’ll find some other exclusive items only available at DFS Hawaii. It’s hard to choose, but the same products are everywhere, so it’s unlikely you’ll miss them. Many products are “buy 3 get 4 free”, so buying in bulk is a great deal.
For some reason, I thought surfboards caught my attention, and these seemed to be part of a sustainability effort. DFS and a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children about the connection between the ocean and its safety and protection are partnering to use more than 70 used surfboards as decorations and upcycle them. They also use eco-friendly paint.
The store has a more Hawaiian feel than before, and it’s fun just to walk around and take pictures.
Enter from Kalakaua Avenue, and if you walk in, there is a unique dessert space and children’s clothing store in Hawaii.
A delicious new cafe has also been appreciated by nearby staff, who say, “There aren’t many cafes in Waikiki, so there are more places to grab a cup of tea!” Bean About Town, an insider-only coffee shop in Kemukee, is a talented store with a variety of original coffees.
In addition to Kona coffee, there are coffee beans from Maui, Hawaiian-style coffee beans, and recommended coffee from other countries. The packaging is also carefully designed, so it is recommended as a souvenir.
DFS has a surprisingly long history, opening its first store in Hong Kong in 1960 and in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1968. The air-conditioned and cool storefront, the clean bathroom (the location is the same as before), and the comfortable space where you can see the world’s top brands may be one of the scenes of your trip to Hawaii. Opening hours are from 11:00 to 22:00. It’s also nice to stop by for a walk after dinner.