The Ala Moana Center is the largest open-air shopping center in the world and the seventh largest mall in the United States. The center feels like a natural extension of Hawaii’s beauty with its open design and abundant vegetation and is a far from being one of those conventional malls. Ala Moana features over 290 merchants of luxury brands and local specialty stores, as well as fine-dining and an international food court. The center also transforms into a Hula show Monday through Saturday at the Centerstage, where the traditional Hawaiian dances erupt in all their glory.
Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI, United States, +1 808-955-9517
This is a great option for families looking to immerse their kids in a fun environment while learning about the world around them and the natural wildlife of Hawaii. Children here can dress up and pretend to be a firefighter, a judge or a store clerk for the day to learn about different professions. They can also climb a tree in the Rainforest Room, or play with a water table that simulates ocean currents. The possibilities are endless! Yes sir, there are wonderful discoveries awaiting for the whole family at Hawaii’s Discovery Center.
MTB, Mai Tai Bar, is an open-air bar placed on the very top of the Ala Moana Center that serves refreshing tropical drinks and offers excellent happy hour deals. This award winning bar was voted 1st place in the best bar category by the Honolulu Pulse Awards. MTB gives patrons a true taste of island living with drinks such as the lava flow infused with coconut rum and its phenomenal live music. Make sure to also get a side order of the zesty calamari appetizer to pair with a drink. A good time is always guaranteed here!
1450 Ala Moana Blvd #3247, Honolulu, HI, United States, +(808) 947-2900
Dive into the watery underworld of Hawaii by taking a scuba diving lesson! The instructors at Rainbow Scuba are top-notch and will make customers feel safe at all times. The lessons have a laid-back attitude to them while still remaining professional. Beginners or more experienced and trained divers can enjoy a lesson from the instructors here. They will explain everything about the different fish and the marine life to be found below the depths of the surface. Some of the sea creatures visible are turtles, octopus, sharks, and rays, so remember that underwater camera for this one!
Rainbow Scuba, 1125 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI, United States, +1 808-224-7857
Try something new by going deep sea fishing on the island of Oahu! Maggie Joe Sport Fishing was first established in 1950 and is the oldest and most experienced charter fishing business based in Honolulu. They provide customers with state-of-the-art equipment in order to catch some big game. It’s not unusual for yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, mahimahi, blue marlin and wahoo to be caught in these waters, meaning there’s plenty to get excited about when heading off on an excursion with these guys!
What’s a trip to Hawaii without dancing the night away” Rumors Dance Club is one of Honolulu’s hottest nightclubs and is located right inside the emblematic Ala Moana hotel. The music here is great, featuring hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s decades for “Flashback Saturdays”. The stage also has two dance cages for those looking to show off their moves above the rest of the crowd. Go back in time for a few hours and feel the best of Hawaii’s vibes while getting comfortable in this unique club. Aloha!
Rumors Dance Club, 410 Atkinson Dr, Honolulu, HI, United States, +1 808-944-4396
Vintage Cave in Honolulu is a culinary experience like no other on the islands of Hawaii. Located below the Ala Moana Center, customers will enter a cave-like environment leading to an elegant room decorated by Picasso paintings, glamorous chandeliers and fine crystals. The menu offers new American fare with Japanese-inspired elements, while the owner of Vintage Cave is an art collector who wants guests to experience a combination of both beautiful art and exquisite food to create a one-of-a-kind treat for the senses.
The Magic Island Lagoon is a hidden treasure usually reserved for in-the-know locals. Located off one end of the main Ala Moana Beach Park, this idyllic beach is perfect for relaxation. The views from the lagoon are some of the best on Oahu and offer a direct view of the Honolulu skyline and to the boats that constantly come in and out of the adjacent marina. This is also an ideal location to catch a great view of Diamond Head and of the weekly fireworks show the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on every Friday.