What is there to do in Hawaii besides swim and watch hula dancers? A lot, actually. One of the hottest spots on the Islands is the Ala Moana Center. This center is home to the largest open air shopping mall in the world, and with over 310 stores covering 2,100, 000 square feet there is plenty of shopping to do. Originally a swamp, dredging led to a coral build up which made the land capable of holding buildings. If you visit Hawaii this has to be one of your stops.
Regardless of what you are looking for the Ala Moana Center has your number. Everything from Tiffany & Co. to Sunglass Hut is located within the 2,000,000 square feet. Children will enjoy the Disney store and Koi Ponds while mom and dad can spend the day shopping in a lush tropical environment. It is a truly fun way to spend the day in Hawaii.
If shopping at over the 300 shops wears you out then dinner may be in order. No need to leave the mall, however, as there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. From Pretzel Maker to China Town Express, to Dairy Queen the mall has every kind of food your family can desire. Dessert foods are always a step a way as stores like Cinnabon and a Gelto Bar at Nordstrom are located throughout the mall.
When you think of malls you may not automatically think of the architecture of the buildings, but the Ala Moana Center certainly did. Even though the center has been owned by several different individuals the Ala Moana is respected for its symbolic Hawaiian and Asian inspired motifs. In other words, there is plenty to see at this one of a kind mall.
Most tourists would assume that parking is atrocious at an island mall but the Ala Moana Center has you covered there as well. The mall offers a four level parking garage for its guests and all at a wonderful price, FREE! This tops off one of the greatest malls in the entire world and makes it a must see for those visiting Hawaii.