Ala Moana Center#16 in Best Things To Do in Honolulu - Oahu
There are many places in Honolulu to put down some cash and pick up some souvenirs, but none are as extensive as Ala Moana Center. Located northwest of Waikiki Beach and roughly 2 miles southeast of the city center, this behemoth open-air shopping center boasts a collection of high-end stores like Chanel and Versace, department store staples like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, and tourist-kitsch shops like 'Auana Quilts and Island Magnets. Its 350-plus shops and restaurants can take as little as an hour or as much as a whole day to explore.
Although some visitors warn that items sold at Ala Moana Center can be quite pricey, many enjoy shopping here. Others rave about the dining options available on-site, especially the Japanese Village food court on the first floor, and say the afternoon hula show cannot be missed.
To reach the mall, you can drive and park for free on-site or take Waikiki Trolley's Pink Line or one of several bus routes. Other amenities available at this attraction include free Wi-Fi access, the Art Walk, restrooms, a post office and visitor information centers. Complimentary hula shows are hosted at the mall's Centerstage from 1 to 1:20 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Hawaiian musical performances are free to watch in the Ewa Wing every day between 5 and 6 p.m. Ala Moana Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with reduced hours on Sundays. Check out the property's official website to better plan your shopping excursion.
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#1 Waikiki Beach
Nineteenth-century Hawaiian royalty used to come to the Honolulu neighborhood of Waikiki to relax and surf, just as scores of tourists do today. That's because this area's famous beach (which is a string of several beaches dotting the island's southwest coastline) is the go-to spot for its soft, honey-colored sand and the high waves that lap the shores during the winter months. But you don't have to be a surfer to appreciate Waikiki Beach; just lie back on a beach towel, relax and gaze up at the majestic Diamond Head State Monument in the distance.
When you need a break from the beach itself, there are scores of shops and restaurants lining the adjacent Kalakaua Avenue. The street is home to some of the world's most exclusive (read: expensive) designer boutiques, including Cartier, Coach, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Many of the best Oahu hotels also overlook Waikiki Beach.
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