Hawaii’s largest mall includes luxury brands and mainstream chains. But it also offers a selection of local stores. Make sure to browse Manaola and stop by Tori Richard and Reyn Spooner (see “Clothing” for all three); for surf-and-skate wear, check out Hawaiian Island Creations or T&C Surf Designs. Local boutique Cinnamon Girl is a perennial favorite for ultra-feminine dresses and mother-and-daughter matching outfits. For presents to bring home, stop in Blue Hawaii Lifestyle, which offers locally made food gifts such as chocolate and honey, as well as Hawaii-made soaps and beauty products. Pick up beautifully packaged, chocolate-dipped mac nut shortbread at Big Island Candies and only-in-Hawaii treats such as manju (resembling a filled cookie) and ume-shiso chocolates. Hungry? There are plenty of options: The Lanai is a new food court with all-natural shave ice at Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha, fresh poke bowls at Ahi and Vegetable, and soft rolls and mochi bread at the Japanese Brug Bakery. Get lost browsing all the ramen and bento stalls at the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, and then head to Takoyaki Yama Chan for hot, doughy balls studded with octopus. Treat yourself to a slice of cake and a plantation iced-tea jelly at the Japanese/French patisserie Palme D’Or.
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Our Rating Neighborhood Honolulu & Waikiki Hours The center is open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 9pm, and Sunday 10am to 7pm Transportation Bus: 8, 19, or 20 Phone 808/955-9517 Web site Ala Moana Center