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IST 605: Honolulu and Oahu Travel Guide

An in-depth guide to where to stay, eat, and visit in Honolulu, (and to a lesser extent Oahu moreover) Hawaii.

Wish You Were Here!

Welcome the Ala Moana Center!

The Ala Moana Center is not only one of the largest malls in the United States, but it is the largest open-air mall in the world! Not only that, but featuring a Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, a Tesla dealer, Nordstrom’s, and other luxury retailers, it is a Mecca for high rollers (and window shoppers)!

With unique architecture, one can walk down the tiled hallways with nothing but blue skies above, yet still be protected by the eaves of the roof on the off chance it rains. Comprised of three main floors (though in some areas four) and truly massive no matter how you slice it, the mall does not only cater to the ultra-rich; one can easily find affordable goods and even bargains, as well as well as niche retailers such as the Moomin Shop. The mall also houses a massive food court, displays numerous sculptures and printed works of art throughout, and even features a performance stage hosting free daily Hula shows at 5:00pm, as well as numerous other performances by Hawaiian musicians and dancers – again, all free, and the people-watching opportunities when the shows are going on are great!


Pro Tip: Because of its sheer size, the Ala Moana Center can be a bit hard to navigate. Be on the lookout for map kiosks located throughout the mall, as well as the mall’s magazines located near the entrances. The magazine can really help you find unique stores and eateries, such as SingMaTei, a Singaporean-Malaysian curry and noodle stand in the food court which offers delicious and affordable plates, such as curry pineapple shrimp with (blue) coconut rice – Check out this article by Thomas Obungen about SingMaTei to stimulate your taste buds with your eyes!

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