The land that Ala Moana Center now sits upon was once a mosquito filled swamp, the city used as a garbage dump and was considered to be a health hazard. "Maybe it'll be worth something someday" was Walter F Dillingham's reply when he was asked why he purchased the 52 acre parcel of swampland for $25,000 in 1912. Hawaii wasn’t even a state yet on August 13, 1959 When Ala Moana Center opened with 80 merchants on 2 levels. Since then, the Center has grown to over 350 stores and restaurants on 4 levels. Learn more about how the Center has transformed over six decades, remaining a shopper's paradise.
If you've ever been to a luau, you're probably familiar with the traditional way Hawaiians cook an entire pig in an underground pit oven called an "imu". But instead of cooking a single pig, you can cook HUNDREDS of turkeys all at once!