Ala Moana / Kaka’ako
Poetically named the path to the sea, Ala Moana and neighboring Kakaako epitomize urban living at its best, with luxury high-rises that overlook the world’s largest outdoor shopping center and one of the finest beach parks in the world. The shopping center boasts world-class outlets such as Chanel Boutique and Louis Vuitton, as well as epicurean delights such as Morton’s Steak House and The Pearl. Ala Moana Boulevard stretches from the financial center of Downtown Honolulu to the edge of Waikiki, Hawaii’s most famous resort town, offering an optimal level of fine urban living between these two worlds.
The majority of properties are represented by high-rise apartments, from the ultramodern units sprouting up in Kakaako, to the most established units such as 1350 Ala Moana, a beautiful high-rise that set the standard back in the late 1960s. Most of the areas attractions from shopping and dining to park recreation are within easy walking distance, or a short bus ride for those occasions when it is more convenient not to drive (and not hassle with parking).
The Kakaako District is an exciting new redevelopment of the former warehouse area, with a beautifully conceived master plan for an exciting mix of residential, commercial and light industrial uses. Specific zoning regulations assure that this area will evolve into a modern urban neighborhood with a strong sense of community.
Among the foremost attractions are:
- Ala Moana Beach Park, a favorite for surfers, joggers and sunbathers.
- Ala Moana Shopping Center, originally one of the world’s largest shopping centers, when it first opened in 1959; now considered the world’s largest open-air shopping mall.
- Kakaako Waterfront Park, a great place to picnic, watching the rhythmic flow of seagoing vessels cruising in and out of Kewalo Basin.
- Victoria Ward Centers, with wonderful shopping and dining available at Ward Warehouse, Ward Centre and Ward Entertainment Center.
- Waikiki Yacht Club, a popular yachting club, located on the southernmost edge of Ala Moana Park, with a 150 berths for club members.
- World-class condominiums, including 1350 Ala Moana, Moana Pacific and Nauru Tower, Uraku Tower and Koolani, with commanding views of the Pacific Ocean and Koolau Mountains.
- The John A. Burns School of Medicine, a brand-new campus dedicated to the training of outstanding physicians.