Ala Moana Center History

On August 13, 1959 Ala Moana Center opened with over 80 merchants on 2 levels, becoming the largest mall in the US. Since then, the Center has grown to over 350 stores and restaurants on 4 levels, making it Hawaii's premier destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment and the world's largest open-air shopping center. 

A Look Back

Journey back to the inception of Ala Moana Center and see how the Center has transformed over six decades, remaining a shopper's paradise.

From the Ground Up

Watch as the Center begins construction in the 1950s and welcomes its first shoppers in 1959. (Credit: Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.)