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Just say the word Waikele and our eyes glaze over. So many shops, so little time! There are two sections to this sprawling discount shopping mecca: the Waikele Premium Outlets, some 51 retailers offering designer and name-brand merchandise; and the Waikele Value Center across the street, with another 25 stores that are more practical than fashion-oriented (Eagle Hardware, Sports Authority). The 64- acre complex has made discount shopping a travel pursuit in itself, with tours for visitor groups and carloads of neighbor islanders and Oahu residents making pilgrimages from all corners of the state. They come to hunt down bargains on everything from perfumes, luggage, and hardware to sporting goods, fashions, vitamins, and china. Examples: Armani Exchange, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Kate Spake New York and the ultrachic Barneys. Take H-1 west toward Waianae and turn off at exit 7. Or take bus no. 42 from Waikiki to Waipahu Transit Center, then 433 from Transit Center to Waikele.