Last minute Christmas shopping at the Aloha Stadium swap meetUPDATED 7:04 PM HST Dec 23, 2013Video Transcript
Last minute Christmas shoppers visited the Aloha Stadium swap-meet today to buy gifts. But as KITV4's Kenny Choi reports, vendors say the number of shoppers has dwindled over the years. We visited some of the shops today and talked to stadium officials who gave us a clearer picture of whether the swap-meet, which has been a tourist magnet for decades is generating the sales it once did. NATS of UKULELE SALESMAN Walk around the swap-meet, and you'll find everything from ukuleles, to watches ... and little trinkets for children. Heather Hunt- 17:30 "so far I got this and my mom got me Kendama" AMy Chen- 22:21 lot of kids looking for this. This is the best quality on the market! But even with a red-hot toy like the Kendama this year, sales overall for Amy Chen and her husband's store haven't been exactly booming with Christmas only two days away. amy Chen- 22:50 maybe 10 years lot of people. But this year kind of quiet," Can Nguyen - Pacific Ukulele Vendor - "11:52 this christmas very slow.. Very slow for christmas this year." Can Nguyen has been selling items here for more than 15 years. He estimates the number of shoppers has dwindled sharply over the last decade by as much as 80 percent. But regular visitors, both tourists and locals think otherwise. Alice McGuire - Seattle Tourist 13:39 I got a quite a few things and got a bargain on this. 14:22 prices are good here I shop around and the prices are pretty good," Elisapeta Alaimaleata- Local regular shopper 20:59 "everytime I come it's packed with lots of tourists.. As local person we always go to right place where vendors are at," Vendors pay anywhere between $15 to $125 per day based on location and length of commitment. Stadium officials say last year, the swap-meet generated $4.5 million for the state. But vendors want organizers including Centerplate which has the contract to operate the meet to do more. amy Chen- 23:07 "tv magazine and even do commercials on the airplanes. Maybe when they land, they'll know we have Aloha Stadium here," Stadium officials say they have television and magazine spots as well as promotions in most Waikiki hotels. They say the amount generated for the state has remained fairly consistent over the last decade.. Ranging in the 4-to-5 million range.