Friday, July 27, 2012

Sponsored Edition: A Lock in the Park

Lei Chic For you, shopping is the ultimate game - hunting down the perfect pair of pumps and scoring the best deals. But lately, you haven't felt like playing. In fact, just getting to the field has you totally defeated thanks to your bitter rival, parking.

Every time you shop, you either circle for hours, waiting for a space to open; you park really far away and end up with marks on your hands from hauling all your junk back to your trunk; or you're forced to park somewhere truly expensive and rush through your shopping with the clock ticking at $13 per hour.

Stop rolling the dice and head straight to Royal Hawaiian Center (do not pass go and certainly do not spend $200 on parking). With more than 600 stalls spread over 10 floors of parking, the Center is truly Park Place. Plus, its new automated validation system makes getting out the garage easier than ever. Basically, when it comes to parking, the Royal Hawaiian Center has a Monopoly on awesome.

Lei Chic Just keep your ticket with you while you shop and get an additional validation ticket with any purchase. Then, when you're done cruising the mall's 100-plus stores and eateries, simply take both tickets to an automated machine - there's one on each of the first four floors of the garage - and pay off your balance. Don't believe us? Watch this video.

Parking is free for the first hour, then $1 per hour for the next three hours, so you can afford to stay and peruse your favorite shops. Roll on in to Sunglass Hut for their Win With Oakley promotion - buy a pair of sexy shades and for each gold medal the U.S. Olympic team wins, you'll get a dollar off another pair. Or head over to Furla where select handbags are 40 percent off. Then hit up Zumiez's back-to-school BOGO half-off sale, and Laki Hawaiian Designs, where Misaki Jewelry is 70 percent off.

At the end of the day, you'll cruise out of the parking lot like the winner you are. Because, let's face it. While you were never that great at ball sports, boy, do you rock the mall sports.

That's really all the validation you need.

Royal Hawaiian Center is located at 2201 Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki. For more information about current promotions and hours of operation, click here.

Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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