Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu
ONE REASON OR SHOULD I SAY THE MAIN REASON I HAVE REALLY LIKED THIS STORE IS THAT THE OWNER AND I HAD A LANGUAGE TOGETHER MANY YEARS A GO IT SEEMS... BUT THE IDEA OF CRACK SEED IN HAWAII IS VERY POPULAR AND ALSO VERY TASTY.ONE HAS TO TRY IT AND THEN IT CAN BE SOMETHING THAT YOU COME TO LIKE VERY MUCH Crack seed, a popular local snack in Hawaii, comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors. Also known as Li Hing Mui or See Mui, crack seed is actually a variety of dehydrated and preserved fruits Before canned goods were available, merchants heading west across the rugged terrain of China carried dehydrated fruits to supplement their meals of plain rice. The salt in crack seed was useful for long distance travelers in several ways: besides replenishing the salt lost by the body in perspiration, it also helps the body retain water and lessen muscle cramps.
Crack seed was first shipped and sold directly from mainland China but storeowners in Honolulu's Chinatown gradually began to customize seeds for local taste buds.
What to buy: ALL THE CRACK SEED HERE IS TASTY. BUT YOU CAN START OUT WITH SOMETHING YOU MIGHT KNOW YOU LIKE!!!
What to pay: THIS STORE EVEN HAS GIFT BASKETS SO PLEASE IF YOU ARE IN HONOLULU AND AT ALA MOANA ... .CHECK IT OUT!!!!
NOW THIS IS A FABULOUS PLACE TO FEEL LIKE YOUR DOG IS TRULY YOUR BEST FRIEND ..BY WEARING THE SAME SHIRT OR MAYBE HAVING OTHER THINGS THAT SHOW YOUR PET THAT YOU REALY CARE FOR THEM... THEY EVEN HAD A LUXURY BED FOR THE DOG...CUPS AND ALL SORTS OF STUFF..FASCINATING PLACE TO CHECK OUT...
What to buy: ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT STANDS OUT ARE THE T-SHIRTS........SEEMS LIKE A HOT ITEM !!!!!!!!
What to pay: THE T-SHIRTS FOR THE DOG STARTED OUT AROUND $15 AND FOR THE MAN OR WOMAN..THOSE STARTED OUT ABOUT $28....
A GREAT SHOP IF YOU ARE INTO COWBOY BOOTS AND ALL THAT MIGHT GO WITH LOOKING THE PART....IT IS NICE THAT THERE IS A STORE HERE IN HONOLULU THAT WOULD CATER TO THOSE THAT DO WEAR THE CLOTHES. GREAT LITTLE SHOP !!!!!!!!You'll find cowboy boots by Tony Lama, Stetson hats, Levi's jeans, Wrangler Apparel, moccasins, jewelry, leather belts, buckles, bolo ties, gift items, and other authentic cowboy goods.
What to buy: You'll find cowboy boots by Tony Lama, Stetson hats, Levi's jeans, Wrangler Apparel, moccasins, jewelry, leather belts, buckles, bolo ties, gift items, and other authentic cowboy goods
What to pay: THIS ACTUALLY CAN GET A LITTLE EXPENSIVE.....BOOTS FOR ABOUT $120 AND UP...
DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL BELONGINGS OR HIGH VALUE ITEMS IN THE TRUNK!!!
To those people who are thinking of parking your car at Ala Moana Shopping centre then please read on. I have just returned from a holiday in Honululu and have had a bad experience at the Ala Moana Shopping centre. We have rented a car Chrysler Serbing convertible and parked our car just a few steps away from Sears department main entrance (location MW level 1 green area) on 16th March 09 between 18:30 and 21:00 hrs and our TRUNK WAS BROKEN INTO even though the doors and trunk were locked/checked. The LOCK OF THE TRUNK was damaged as a result and they took our bag with Camcorder, camera, sun glasses so we have lost USD 2000 values worth of items for a USD 50 shopping trip.
The Mall Secutrity and Police turned up and took a report from us and they have told us that the Parking lot at the Ala Moana Shopping centre is a high car crime area where gangs target rented cars and tourists alike.
So, my advice to fellow travellers who are thinking of staying at Honolulu to take the following precuations when shopping at the Ala Moana Shopping centre:
- Avoid going to Ala Moana Shopping centre by cars, take a cab.
- If you park your car there, take ALL personal belongings with you. DO NOT leave anything valuables in the TRUNK.
- Avoid parking your car in an isolated area. Look around for suspects who might be looking at your car before you walk away.
- Remove the 'bar-code' sticker in white on the windscreen as this implies that you are driving a rented car. Gangs look for this tag when break into cars.
Take every precautions to avoid any mishaps to ruin your holiday. We have lost our loved items and hope you guys won't have to go through that.
ALA MOANA HAS HAD NOW A HILO HATTIES FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS NOW ?? IT HAS THE SAME GREAT THINGS THAT THE MAIN STORE ON NIMITZ BLVD. HAS PLUS A FEW OTHERS . .
GREAT LOCATION FOR THOSE LAST MINUTE ITEMS YOU WANT TO TAKE BACK HOME WITH YOU FOR PRESENTS FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT GET THE CHANCE TO COME TO HAWAII WITH YOU.. .
THE MUMUS ARE ALWAYS A FABULOUS DRESS FOR THOSE LADIES BACK HOME.... OR THOSE COOL BEACH HATS ARE FOR THE GUYS THAT WANT TO LOOK LIKE AN ISLAND MAN !!!!!!!
What to buy: HAS TO LOOK HAWAIIAN WHAT EVER YOU DO END UP BUYING . ..OTHERWISE IT WOULDN'T BE FUN !!!!!
What to pay: FROM A FEW DOLLARS TO A FEW HUNDRED !!!!
Before the Mall of America opened in Minneapolis, Ala Moana Shopping Center was the largest mall in the US. It has enough shops so that you can find almost everything you need. The nice thing is that the locals shop here, too; it's not just a tourist haunt.
I find it a fun place to hang out. On my last visit I found a lovely muumuu on sale at Macy's, had a delicious lunch at the food court, and stopped to listen to a high school choral group perform on the central stage. You can also spend some time watching the koi swimming in the pools.
For a list of stores, click here.
Ala Moana Center was once the largest shopping center in the United States and currently holds the distinction of being the largest open-air shopping center in the world. Ala Moana Center is part of the commercial, retail, and residential district of Ala Moana, south of Makiki, east of Kakaʻako, west of Waikīkī and across from Ala Moana Beach Park.
Though there are a few stores (such as Longs Drugs, Sears, and KayBee Toys) which offer products to local residents, many of the Center's stores target the tourist economy on which it so heavily relies. The shopping center focuses its marketing on tourism, providing brochures in Japanese, one of its major clientele. There are more than 260 shops and restaurants, including boutique stores of leading international fashion designers. Its current anchor tenants are Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Sears. The Center boasts one of the world's largest food courts, featuring cuisines from around the globe.
Ala Moana Centerstage is one of the most popular public amphitheaters in Hawaiʻi. On a stage in the center of the shopping complex, local talents are showcased for visitors to enjoy. Hula dances are a staple for Ala Moana Centerstage as well as performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band, the oldest municipal band in the United States. Schools throughout the country, as well as the world, travel to Honolulu just to be able to perform at Ala Moana Centerstage. Over 56 million people visit Ala Moana Center annually
What to buy: The new third level is abuzz with eateries and shops, while the ponds on the mall level are thriving with taro and Hawaiian plants. Designer stores, such as Juicy Couture, Prada, Armani Exchange, Christian Dior, and the like have heavily influenced the atmosphere of Ala Moana. The smaller locally owned stores are scattered among the behemoths, mostly on the ground floor. Nearly 400 shops and restaurants sprawl over several blocks (and 1.8 million sq. ft. of store space), catering to every imaginable need, from over-the-top upscale (Tiffany, Chanel, Versace) to mainland chains such as Gap and Banana Republic. Department stores such as Macy's sell fashion, food, cosmetics, shoes, and household needs. Shoes? They're a kick at Nordstrom, and newcomer Walking Co. has first-rate comfort styles by Mephisto, Ecco, and Naot.
A good stop for gifts is Islands' Best, which spills over with Hawaiian-made foodstuffs, ceramics, fragrances, and more. Splash! Hawaii is a good source for women's swimwear. For aloha shirts and men's swimwear, try Macy's, Town & Country Surf, Reyn's, or the terminally hip Hawaiian Island Creations. Lovers of Polynesian wear and pareus shouldn't miss Tahiti Imports. The food court is abuzz with dozens of stalls purveying Cajun food, ramen, pizza, plate lunches, vegetarian fare, green tea and fruit freezes (like frozen yogurt), panini, and countless other treats.
My choice is to eat and hang around ala moana center, specially in Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Bubba gump and Mai Tai Bar!
What to pay: with over 260 shops and restaurants. From beachwear to high fashion, casual dining to fine dining, you'll find everything at Ala Moana Center, all in a beautiful open-air setting filled with lush tropical landscaping and koi ponds hence you will tend to Max out your Credit Cards!
2007 Mall Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Makai Market Opens 9:00 a.m. Daily
THE largest mall in all of Hawaii
smack in the middle between the AirPort and Waikiki Beach's major hotel area .
it's an open-air mall linked with several dept.stores
noteably : Sears, Neiman Marcus, Macy's
and larger stores like Old Navy & Shirokiya .
What to buy: if U R from abroad perhaps designerwares from connected dept.stores .
if U R from the mainland shore-found decorations .
What to pay: OK this is no discount store
but rather a group of expensive dep.stores .