Last-minute shoppers hit the malls

Fave Isinia
Fave Isinia

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Time was almost out for Christmas shoppers who made their last -- or perhaps, first -- trip to the mall Saturday.

At Pearlridge, the state's second largest shopping mall, an ocean of cars filled the parking lot, and foot traffic was relatively heavy between the Uptown and Downtown sections of the mall.

Inside T&C Surf Designs, there was a long line waiting for the checkout counter, while more shoppers browsed for the perfect gift.

"Last-minute shopping," said Fave Isinia. "We must want to get what my uncle wants, (Oakland) Raiders shorts. It's hard to find these things."

When the holiday shopping season began with Black Friday little less than a month ago, the Retail Merchants of Hawaii said an indicator of how good shopping is, was to look not at how many shoppers there are, but how many are carrying bags. There were several who toted bags at Pearlridge for Christmas Eve.

"We still gotta go Macy's, Sears, go find some things for my mom and dad," said Isinia.

There were some that we found who had already finished all their shopping, but circumstances meant they had to return to the mall one more time.

"To get a gift for my son" was Shannon Sakurai's reason for returning to Pearlridge. "My brother flew in yesterday, and he wanted to get him a gift for Christmas." Sakurai's son got a new watch from his uncle.

But for Isinia, having visitors meant a last-minute scramble.

"We're very busy, yeah," she said. "A bunch of our family's flying down for Christmas, and we haven't had any time to go shopping."

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