With 290 stores and 80 ways to dine in 2 million square feet, Ala Moana Center is your most comprehensive shopping experience in Honolulu – and the world’s largest open-air mall. Here, everyday brands mix with red-carpet designers – Harry Winston, Dior, Gucci – and Hawaii originals like Philip Rickard Honolulu, Tori Richard and Town & Country Surf.
Ala Moana Center is legendary for shopping in Hawaii, and the world. Retailers include anchors such as Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Shirokiya – a Japanese bazaar featuring beauty products, confections and a beer garden – but also an impressive collection of luxury retailers, including one of Louis Vuitton’s largest locations in existence and a rare Chanel Fine Jewelry boutique. Taste-makers come here each season seeking limited editions as design houses release surprise exclusives to their Ala Moana outposts. Previous items have included Dior and Gucci handbags, Hermes scarves and Tiffany & Co. jewelry – all of them colored or engraved with a nod to Waikiki.
There are also several opportunities for only-in-Hawaii shopping. Many of Ala Moana Center's Hawaiian originals specialize in swimwear, island stylings, surf apparel and gear. For something more enduring, consider anything koa from Martin & MacArthur, where master craftsmen transform the Hawaiian wood long prized by island royalty into furniture and accessories like striking koa and tungsten eternity bands. Or commission a piece of heirloom jewelry from Philip Rickard Honolulu, where the artist translates island themes and historic designs into signature scrolling patterns across multiple collections. At the Nohea Gallery, feast your eyes on paintings, koa boxes and turned bowls in a variety of shapes and woods (like macadamia nut, mango and Norfolk Island pine).
There are many visual surprises that make Ala Moana Center a signature Honolulu shopping experience. Long, winding koi ponds, native landscaping like banana and kukui nut trees, ti leaf plants, ferns and red and white ginger flowers. Meander to the fourth-floor Hookipa Terrace for most of the dining selections, over 70 restaurants, bars and casual eateries. Among the many familiar names are standouts like Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant (yes – like that Tsukiji Fish Market, of Tokyo and worldwide acclaim). At Tsukiji‘s Ala Moana Mall location, sushi, yakitori and robatayaki bars answer Chinese, Hawaiian, Japanese and Korean cravings alongside a broad menu of hot and cold sakes. The Pearl Ultralounge hosts a weekday happy hour with early-evening live music and late-night dance beats alongside handcrafted cocktails and gourmet pupus.
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Address: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 955.9517
Web Address: www.alamoanacenter.com
Distance/Drive: Less than one mile from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Just head south on Ala Moana Boulevard, make a U-turn on Ena Road and sharp right on Atkinson. Or watch for the Waikiki Trolley’s Pink Line “Shopping Shuttle” – approximately every 10 minutes, the trolley stops by to transport shoppers to Ala Moana. One-way tickets are $2.