All About Ala Moana

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Ala Moana could easily be dismissed as a major shopping complex with almost 300 stores, of which almost 70 are eateries. Ala Moana is an upscale center with plenty of shopping, offering both local and global brands, and a variety of dining options with cuisines for any taste. The multicultural festivities, fashion events, shopping exclusives and some nifty features make Ala Moana an attraction as much as an outdoor shopping center.

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The scenic views from Ala Moana include the Ko’olau mountains and the natural, open-air atmosphere makes it a place worthy of exploration for the native flora on the grounds. Native plants line the paths, including the tī leaf, which was used for hula skirts, sandals and thatching for houses years ago. You’ll also find taro and kukui (kukui nuts are often found in leis). If you’re interested in tropical flora and fauna, you’ll find a good deal to explore at Ala Moana.

The Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant offers an island version of the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Visitors will enjoy sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, and traditional Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, and Korean dishes. If you’re further interested in fish, beyond the food, walk the promenades and walkways and find the koi ponds at Ala Moana.

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Made in Hawaii items are available at Ala Moana as well; with furniture made of koa wood, handmade quilts and handcrafted jewelry. Live entertainment brings culture to life on the stage at the center. Designer brands and native Hawaiian products are all found at the shopping center, which help broaden its appeal for the savvy shopper. Celebrity visits, shopping discounts and deals and ongoing events make it worth the visit while in Oahu.