Thanksgiving isn’t over, but Black Friday sales have begun

It’s still Thanksgiving, but Black Friday’s already here.

Shoppers are out and about, looking to score doorbuster deals.

The first to open at Ala Moana Center was Old Navy with a modest crowd waiting by the door.

Things ramped up at Macy’s when shoppers rushed the doors promptly at 5 p.m. For a group of friends from Australia experiencing their first Black Friday, being first in line was just a coincidence.

“I think it just happened that way but we’re pretty happy about it right now,” said shopper Jack Ansell.

Over at Bath & Body Works, Debbie Myall and Claire Tucker were getting ready to stuff their bags with every soap and shampoo imaginable. The pair traveled from New Zealand for the Thanksgiving holiday,

“I’ve got foaming hand soaps. I’ve got body sprays. I’ve got body wash. It’s about a lifetime supply, I think,” said Tucker.

Some of what they picked out was for themselves, but they did remember it’s better to give than to receive.

“A lot of them are Christmas gifts because we don’t get Bath & Body Works in New Zealand,” said shopper Debbie Myall.

At Toys “R” Us in Aiea, doors also opened at 5 o’clock sharp. The line wasn’t as long as in years past, but those who waited were on a mission.

Some customers said they’d been standing outside since 10:30 a.m. Some of the deals they’re looking for include discounted hoverboards.

Walmart in Lihue (Photo: Hawaii Stream)
Neighbor-island shoppers were also out in full force Thursday. This was the scene at Walmart in Lihue as employees unwrapped Black Friday items. (Photo: Hawaii Stream)

Meanwhile, Waikele Premium Outlets was busy all day Thursday. The center opened at 9 a.m.

“Why are you shopping on Thanksgiving Day?” KHON2 asked Shari Dang.

“I prepared my dinner already and we are not having lunch and it’s a great sale,” she replied. “Our kids are not playing any sports so we have some free time today.”

“I was in the store since 10:30 this morning,” said Valerie Brown, who is visiting from Australia. “I just got out. That’s my first store, the only store I’ve been to all day.”

“Are the deals worth it?” KHON2 asked.

“Absolutely. You pay for bag about $550 back home, and here I probably got it for $70 U.S. (dollars),” she replied.

Steffie Nguyen showed us her shopping bags with a smile: “We spent so much money today, as you can see.”

Valet parking and shuttle services were provided to alleviate some of the traffic woes in the area.

“We came with a shuttle bus, so about 9:30 a.m., so it was fine,” said Philip Georgou, who is visiting from Australia.

“When is your day going to end?” KHON2 asked.

“Hopefully 4:30 (p.m.),” he said.

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