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Explore the Largest Open-Air Shopping Center in The World along the Waikiki Turtle Trolley Route!

Why is the Ala Moana Center Renowned Around the World?

The Ala Moana Center stands as a symbol of shopping excellence renowned around the world for its unparalleled blend of luxury, size, and cultural richness. Nestled in the wonderful neighborhood of Ala Moana in Honolulu, Hawaii, this open-air mall captivates visitors with its sheer magnitude, boasting over 350 stores and restaurants spread across 2.4 million square feet of retail space. It is host to a prestigious lineup of luxury retailers, including iconic names like Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, drawing interest from shoppers seeking the epitome of high-end fashion and lifestyle. This monumental center is not limited to shopping however, as it serves as a cultural home, reflecting the diverse culture of Hawaiian, Asian, and Western influences. With its esteemed shopping offerings, vibrant entertainment scene, and celebration of Hawaiian culture, Ala Moana Center, establishes its status as a globally renowned destination for cultivated shoppers and cultural enthusiasts alike.

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Shopping and Cuisine at the Ala Moana Center

At Ala Moana Center, you’ll find a diverse range of shopping options that cover a broad spectrum, catering to various tastes, styles, and budgets. It is home to several renowned luxury and upscale fashion brands, but it is not only limited to these options. The center also offers other unique and diverse options including music stores, souvenir shops, candy and food stores, jewelry and metaphysical stores, and much more! Additionally, you’ll find popular mainstream retailers such as Apple, H&M, Sephora, and Zara, offering a wide selection of clothing, electronics, beauty products, and more, ensuring there’s something for every shopper to explore and enjoy. Shopping can be a lot of fun, but after a long hard day of shopping its time for some delicious food options. You won’t have to go far as the Ala Moana Center is home to some of the most famous restaurants as well as a booming food court with endless mouth watering options. The center is known for a few very popular restaurants including all you can eat Korean BBQ, Mai Tai Bar, Pho Factory, and Shirokiya Japan Village Walk. The food court is a great option if you are in the search for some quick bites, it is an amazing environment and has a plethora of options with baked goods, bbq, fried chicken, Asian, American, Mexican, and Hawaiian food. Wherever you end up eating after you’ve upgraded your wardrobe, you surely can not go wrong and will return home with new style, a full stomach, and a big smile on your face.

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Culture at the Ala Moana Center and the Waikiki Turtle Trolley

The Waikiki Turtle Trolley aims to provide visitors with the most unforgettable experiences that live in your heart forever, and that is why we make sure that visitors experience all of the aloha of Hawaiian Culture. Everywhere that you walk you will feel the aloha at the Ala Moana Center as there are several cultural experiences offered here, including the world famous hula shows. A hula show is a traditional Hawaiian performance that exhibits the art of hula dancing, which is a significant cultural practice in Hawaii. These dances are a from of storytelling and are usually accompanied by chanting (oli) and music usually performed with instruments like the ukulele, guitar, and drums. During a hula show, dancers wear traditional clothing such as grass skirts and leis, perform various hula dances that convey stories , legends, and themes that reveal Hawaiian history and culture. These performances are not only extremely entertaining, but are extremely important for preserving and sharing Hawaiian traditions and heritage. The Hula shows are offered every single day at the Ala Moana Center and are completely free of charge! This is just one of the many things that you can experience on our trolley. This trolley is also used to transport our guests to the turtle snorkeling tours that we offer! Our turtle snorkeling tours run every single day and leave out of Kewalo Harbor. You will set out on a double decker boat in which you will see amazing sea life including turtles, various fish, and the possibility of seeing spinner dolphins or humpback whales in the winter! Not only will you get to experience the magic of sea life, but you will also get to kick back and enjoy a fresh Musubi snack while you watch the crew perform traditional Hawaiian Hula dances and E Ho Mai Chants. This is truly is one of those experiences that becomes the highlight of people’s vacations. If you still have more time on the island after the turtle tours, we offer several other incredible tours including dolphin watch and snorkeling, booze cruise, Manoa and Waimea Falls hiking, and circle island tours. Come experience the wonder of the worlds largest open-air shopping center on the Waikiki Turtle Trolley along with many other stops including Whole Foods, SALT at Kakaako, Treasures and You, and Diamond Head.