I am not a huge shopper or shopaholic as many people call them, but I do enjoy strolling around malls that are new to me, especially one as grand as Ala Moana Center. Gene had gone to see the USS Missouri, and I decided to hang back in Waikiki and check out this amazing center.
Several travel blog posts had mentioned this amazing center, but I did not know it was so huge. Apparently it is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii. It is also the seventh largest shopping mall in the United States, and the largest open-air shopping center in the world. They weren’t kidding. I was there for several hours and don’t think I saw most of it. The place is 3 levels and was HUGE.
While I was there I picked up their monthly magazine which stated that they have over 350 shops and dining options. No wonder I didn’t see everything, lol. They had some of the usual department stores that I see here on the mainland, Macey’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, etc (sorry if I missed some) I also saw many similar stores such as AT&T, Foot Locker, Gap, Banana Republic, See's Candies, Toys r Us, Ben Bridge, Chanel, Forever 21, Guess, Levi, and the list goes on and on (again sorry if I missed your store as there are so many).
I was actually more interested in seeing some of the more unique stores that we don’t see here. One of the more entertaining stores I saw was called Jungle Fun. It is a jungle-themed environment with great games and prizes, cuddly stuffed animals and unique jungle gifts. I loved their decorations. You should check it out if you are there.
One of the stores that caught my attention the most was the Flip Flop Workshop. As the name says, this is where you can custom-make your own unique flip flop. How cool is that? I sort of wanted to do one, but I had two sets of flip flops with me, and didn’t need another pair. I may have to forget mine next time, so I can make a pair
I have never seen a bigger food court than the one on the main lever at Ala Moana Center. It was filled with every type of restaurant you could think of from almost every country. It was spectacular. While walking around I saw another section with restaurants on an upper level as well. Not as big, but nicer and much more upscale. Later I heard that they have 3 food courts, but I am not sure, and it might be wrong information. However, I wouldn’t be surprised, lol
The Ala Moana Center is not short on entertainment either. In the center of the building they have stage properly called the Centerstage. Monday through Saturday they have a free, 20-minute production featuring both kahiko (traditional) and modern hula. Also, every Sunday, enjoy the Ala Moana Keiki Hula Show. This hula show demonstrates how the tradition of hula is perpetuated through Hawaii’s children. All shows are at Centerstage on Street Level 1 and begin at 1pm. Sadly I missed the show, but I am aware of it now, and won’t miss it the next time we are in Waikiki. There also also seasonal shows. Check out their site listed below.
Window shopping and looking at the food choices was fun, but the highlight for me was the waterfalls and ponds with Koi fish on the main level. They were beautiful and you could see them from every level. It was quite peaceful and relaxing walking around taking pictures. Gene had fun at the USS Missouri, but I think I got the better end of the deal, lol. Here is a link to their website with a listing of all their stores, restaurants, and entertainment schedule.