Category: Shopping

Aloha Tower Marketplace – The Heart of Honolulu

Aloha Tower MarketplaceThe Aloha Tower Marketplace at the Honolulu Harbor is a popular waterfront shopping center in Honolulu. It is also home to some of Hawaii’s national landmarks such as the Aloha Tower, Falls of Clyde and Hawaii Maritime Center.

The Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii when it was completed in 1926. It is now the most recognized building in the state and second only to Diamond Head as Hawaii’s most famous landmark. It continues to function as the Harbor Master’s traffic control center for Honolulu Harbor and serves as a welcoming landmark for both cruise ships and container vessels.

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Ala Moana Center – The world’s largest open-air shopping center

ala moana center2Ala Moana Center in 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii.  It is the fifteenth largest shopping mall in the United States, and the largest open-air shopping center in the world.

The mall is part of the commercial, retail, and residential district of Ala Moana, south of Makiki, east of Kakaʻako, west of Waikīkī and across from Ala Moana Beach Park. Over 56 million people visit Ala Moana Center annually.

Most of Ala Moana Center’s stores target the tourist economy on which it so heavily relies. However, there are still some shops which offer products to local residents.

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Shopping in Hawaii


Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
Hawaii (The Big Island)

Akatsuka Orchid Gardens is really a warehouse stuffed with perennially blooming orchids and contains a sizable collection – ready for shipping. Seeds and starters for Kona coffee plants, papaya, guava, hibiscus and bamboo orchids are also available for sale.

Ala Moana Center
Honolulu & Waikiki, USA

Holy fashion, this attractive open-air shopping mall could compete on an international runway with some of Asia’s most famous malls. And the shoppers are top-shelf fashionistas, stocking up on couture. The usual mall anchors are here, (Sears and Macy’s) as are the designer name brands (you name it) and the trendy teen brands (Abercrombie & Fitch).

A favorite for local color is the Crack Seed Center, where you can just scoop from jars full of pickled mangoes, candied ginger, dried cuttlefish and banzai (rice crackers, nuts and dried fish) mix. The ground floor or the shopping center is also the hub for TheBus service.

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