The area now called Ala Moana is centered around Ala Moana Shopping Center, its borders are roughly defined by Waikiki to its east, Ala Moana Beach and Beach Park to the south, Kapiolani Blvd to the north, and Kakaako to its west. In ancient times, the area is known amongst Hawaiiana as Kalia.
The area was once occupied by duck ponds and swamplands. In 1912, Walter Dillingham bought the land to the current shopping center site for $25,000 from Bishop Estates. In the early 1920s, Dillingham was involved in the dredging of the Honolulu harbor. And to dump the corals, it was ground up and pumped to fill up the swamps in the Ala Moana area. In 1948 Dillingham's son initiated the Ala Moana Shopping Center project and broke ground in 1957. Before the Ala Moana office building was built, Aloha Tower was the tallest building. Ala Moana Shopping Center opened on August 13th, 1959.
Today, as part of the TOD (transit-oriented development) of the future rail project, Ala Moana is becoming one of the hottest development areas in Oahu with various residential and hotel projects either completed or is underway. Mandarin Oriental Residences and hotel is expected to be completed in the year 2021.
Besides Ala Moana Shopping Center, which already includes retailers such as Target and Foodland Farms Supermarket, the area also includes Walmart/Sam’s Club, and a flagship Walgreens store.
Ala Moana Beach Park spans about 100 acres and was dedicated by Franklin Roosevelt and constructed in 1934.
The area is occupied mostly by high-rise condos and condo-hotels.
High-end luxury condos are represented by One Ala Moana (Click here for recent One Ala Moana active listings) and Park Lane (Click here for recent Park Lane listings) in this area.
For a more comprehensive overview of the area, please visit Mid Town Ala Moana website here.
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