Hawaii’s largest shopping mall and the world’s largest open-air shopping center, Ala Moana Center draws 48 million visitors and island residents annually, making it one of the Aloha State’s top attractions.
Among its more than 340 stores and restaurants are luxury boutiques (think Chanel, Coach, and Emporio Armani); popular local retailers (including Big Island Candies, Cinnamon Girl, and Martin & MacArthur); and national department stores (Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom are anchors). Many of its 80-plus dining options are clustered in the Makai Market Food Court, which offers delicious fare from around the world, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Thai, and Mexican. Be sure to try Ala Moana Poi Bowl’s Hawaiian plate lunch.
Throughout the week, enjoy free entertainment, including daily hula shows, at Centerstage on the street level in the middle of the mall. Even better, Ala Moana is just a five-minute drive from Waikiki and also easily accessible by city bus. And Ala Moana Beach Park is right across the street; it’s a great place to relax, picnic, and enjoy spectacular ocean views.