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The food of Ala Moana is a blend of Eastern and Western tastes most prominently featuring American and Japanese influences with entrees such as hamburger steak and fried chicken atop rice and mac salad. There are names of some common dishes which may sound unfamiliar to you. Loco moco is hamburger steak with eggs and gravy. Katsu chicken and mochiko chicken both refer to fried chicken, with the latter breaded with rice powder instead of flour. The curry that is popular here is the Japanese stew-like variant learned from the British. You will encounter plenty of canned Spam meat here, introduced to the islands to feed soldiers during World War II, and became a local favorite in Ala Moana.
For the more health minded visitor, there are Whole Foods Markets in Waikiki and Kailua, along with it's local version called Down to Earth. Down to Earth features vegan foods which are surprisingly delicious. Aside from Spam and the occasional MSG, people in Ala Moana are generally health concious, preferring natural and locally grown foods.
Poke is seafood cut into cubes including raw fish, most often tuna, but also salmon and marlin. A popular flavor for raw tuna is a California roll like combination of mayonaisse and Sriracha sause commonly referred to simply as 'spicy'. Poke bowls served over rice start at around $6.99 in supermarkets.
You can expect to pay $10 and up for a hearty portion dish typical of Ala Moana. However there are specials to be found all over such as $5 plates, happy hour deals, and $1 tacos depending on the day. Let us know your preferred cuisine and location and we'll direct you to the best food for the best price taking all such factors into consideration.
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Just minutes west from Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park is protected by a fringing reef for calm waters. Extending out from the beach is Magic Island, a man-made peninsula with large seawalls and a shallow lagoon, making it a perfect place for keiki (children) to swim. Tables are available for picnics.
The refreshing Hawaiian wind blows through Ala Moana Center, the world's largest open-air shopping center. There are more than 340 shops and restaurants to explore, including four department stores, first-class boutiques and more than 90 dining options. The center's retailers specialize in everything from casual wear to unique Hawaii surf gear, Aloha shirts, swimsuits and much more. Join us for a shopping excursion in paradise, and don't forget to enjoy the hula and ukulele performances.
We can help you save money by directing you to the best services for the best price in Ala Moana on everything down to food and gas in real time. We are local residents aware of food and price fluctuations that online travel guides cannot keep up with. Our local guides are experts at budgeting in one of the most expensive places on earth while still enjoying the best of what the island has to offer. Our goal is to maximize your vacation enjoyment while saving you money, rather than charging you for everything under the sun the way an expensive all inclusive tour agency does. Imagine the freedom of having a personal tour guide and trip advisor on call through the convenience of your mobile phone!