Ala Moana Center isn’t only legendary for shopping in Hawaii – it is the largest outdoor shopping center in the world. Nearly 300 retailers make it so, including anchors Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Shirokiya – a Japanese bazaar featuring essentials from beauty products to confections – even a beer garden. Filling in are national after international brands you know.
Ala Moana Shopping Center also offers one of the world’s largest collections of luxury retailers, and certainly the strongest concentration of such stores in Oahu: around 35 storefronts, including one of Louis Vuitton’s largest locations in existence and one of the globe’s few Chanel Fine Jewelry boutiques. Taste-makers come to seek out Ala Moana limited editions – each season brings surprises as design houses release 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.
Alongside global retailers, you’ll discover several opportunities for only-in-Hawaii shopping. Naturally, many of these vendors specialize in prêt-à-porter – swimwear; island stylings; surf apparel and gear. But others offer the enduring: Consider anything koa from Martin & MacArthur, where master craftsmen transform the wood (grown solely in Hawaii and 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.
A Honolulu shopping signature, plein-air walkways lead to Ala Moana’s shops – and spoils of visual surprises: koi ponds; native landscaping indicative of the mountains and the sea (eye for banana and kukui nut trees, ti leaf plants, ferns and red and white ginger). Meander to the fourth-floor Ho‘okipa Terrace for many of Ala Moana’s dining selections, a total of some-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; a menu of hot and cold sakes – and daily live music – complement. And Ala Moana’s Pearl Ultralounge hosts a weekday happy hour, early-evening live music and late-night dance beats alongside handcrafted cocktails and gourmet pupus.
From THE MODERN HONOLULU, 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. Before you board, ask THE MODERN HONOLULU’s concierge about Ala Moana events coinciding with your jaunt – there’s almost always something happening, including the wildly popular Fukubukuro, Ala Moana’s tony take on the Japanese New Year grab bag tradition; Hawaii’s largest Fourth of July fireworks display and changing daily entertainment, including a Sunday hula show.
Ala Moana Center hours:
Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.