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Introduction to DFS Hawaii

An introduction to DFS Hawaii and the history of duty free shopping in Hawaii. Includs information about the DFS company, the DFS Galleria in Waikiki, and the duty free shops at the Honolulu Airport.

The duty free shopping company known today as DFS was founded in 1960 by U.S. entrepreneurs Charles Feeney and Robert Miller. Their first duty free shop was located Hong Kong and later they expanded to Europe and other parts of the globe.

In the early 1960's, DFS obtained an exclusive contract for duty free sales in Hawaii. This positioned DFS to focus on selling to Japanese tourists visiting Hawaii and other parts of the world.

In 1996, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) acquired the interests of Mr. Feeney and two other shareholders. Today DFS is owned jointly by LVMH and Robert Miller.

DFS has two main operating divisions. Their United States group is based in Hawaii and that group has stores in Hawaii, Guam, Palau, Saipan, and the U.S. Mainland. Their Asian group is based in Hong Kong and it has stores in Hong Kong, Australia, Bali, Beijing, Hainan, Korea, Macau, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Okinawa, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, and Tokyo..

In 1995 DFS began opening shops in downtown locations around the world. The first DFS Galleria opened in Guam in 1995 and th3eir are now 13 GDFS Gallerias, including their newest store , an 86,000 foot shopping complex. in Macau which opened in 2007. All of them feature products sold under luxury brands such as Cartier, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Pucci, Tiffany.

See also:
- Photo of the DFS Galleria Waikiki
- Photo of the DFS Galleria Waikiki Aquarium
- News About DFS Hawaii and the DFS Gallieria
- Other Waikiki Shopping Centers

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