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Discover Midtown Ala Moana

An unspoken hotspot for Honolulu residents now has a name. Midtown Ala Moana has long been considered a haven for foodies looking for the freshest, hard-to-find sushi or a welcoming brunch spot. Fashionistas descend to the neighborhood in droves, exploring the island’s newest boutiques and first-to-the-islands brands. Here you can start the day lying on sandy shores at Ala Moana Beach Park and end it with a night on the town singing karaoke or swaying to the sound of visiting bands.

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Sweet Creams

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Sweet Creams! Satisfy your sweet tooth with some rolled ice cream and unique toppings. Tucked away behind Ala Moana Center on Kona Street, Sweet Creams is rollin up fresh desserts right before your eyes. Choose from flavors like the traditional Cookies ‘n Cream or the crowd pleasing Strawberry Shortcake. Open late, you can cool off with Sweet Creams Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Bread & Butter

Butter up your tastebuds for breakfast, lunch or dinner and say aloha to Bread & Butter, right in the heart of Midtown Ala Moana. From farm-to-table acai bowls to handcrafted pizzas and claw-some lobster rolls, Chef Arnaldo “Masa” Gushiken combines simplicity and local ingredients in every dish. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bread & Butter is one of our favorite brunch spots to meet with friends and say cheers with daily mimosas and craft beers.

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Friend Cafe

Pick up your BFF and pop into Friend Cafe, a little-known boba shop tucked along Kapiolani Boulevard. Friend Cafe is bubbling over a variety of boba concoctions that even tea-holics can’t get enough of. Take advantage of some free wifi while you sip on unique drinks like the messy ube milk tea or oreo crunch cheese foam. The perfect place for a sweet get together, Friend Cafe is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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Hawaiian Brian’s Social Club

Hawaiian Brian’s Social Club invites you to join the crowd for a happening night out in Midtown Ala Moana. Whether you’re a reggae fan or prefer hip hop, the stage is set for an intimate concert experience with whatever hot artist is in town. And if beats aren’t your thing, roll out your billiard skills or try your hand at a game of pool. Visit their website for a full list of upcoming concerts and events.

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Shabuya

Nothing hits the spot like hot pot! Hawaii’s first and only Shabuya is steaming Ala Moana Center, offering a buffet of AYCE (all you can eat) shabu shabu options. Things will heat up just as soon as you order your choice of broth and meats, then hit the buffet to stack your plate with your favorite seafood and vegetables. What makes Shabuya unique (in our humble opinion) is that in addition to the actual shabu, there are also a selection of four appetizers that are included in the all-you-can-eat price like gyoza and three different variations of chicken karaage. We’d recommend dipping in for lunch Monday through Thursday where you can get all the same options as dinner for the hot price of just $17.99!

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MW Restaurant

Our go-to for any special occasion or business lunch, MW Restaurant is serving fresh, farm-to-table dishes. Chefs Wade and Michelle provide diners with their own unique take on island comfort food, serving a bit of aloha with each bite. Every dish combines Asian-inspired fusion with local flavors–creating a menu that will please any palette. But whatever you eat, just make sure to save room for dessert, because you don’t want to miss a bite of Michelle’s inspired creations, like our favorite, the tropical fruit creamsicle brulee.

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Midtown Events

Relay For Life

July 20 2019

Lace up your tennis shoes and hit the pavement in a Relay for Life to benefit American Cancer Society. All funds raised going to help cancer patients gain resources such as rides to chemo and places to stay near hospitals. This year’s event takes place at Magic Island from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. For more information or to sign up click here.

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Comic Con Honolulu

August 2-4 2019

Costumes, comics and creatives… oh my! Slip into your favorite costume and head down to Comic Con Honolulu at the Hawaii Convention Center to check out their wide selection of fan panels, industry guests, licensed merchandise dealers and more. Don’t forget to pack your camera to snap a selfie (or two) with some of your favorite movie characters dressed to the nines.

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Shingon Shu Hawaii Bon Dance

August 9-10 2019

Dance and eat your way through the crowd of the Shingon Shu Hawaii’s Bon Dance, August 8-9, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate with the sounds of the taiko drums and live music or enjoy delicious traditional foods like fresh pounded mochi, fried andagi, saimin, shave ice and more.

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The Latest Hapenings

Celebrating Obon in Midtown Ala Moana

The change in seasons may not be obvious in Hawaii but when the smell of fried andagi and the sound of taiko drums fill the Midtown Ala Moana air, we know its obon season. 

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Ala Moana Center Gets New Tenants

Whether you’re a foodie or a shopper, some new shops are coming to Ala Moana Center this summer. Opening in the Makai Market food court is Ramen BARIO and Steak Teppei. While Chubbies, a clothing store, will open in the Mauka Wing along with Buffalo Wild Wings–which will open just in time for football season. Score! 

 

Read more in this Hawaii News Now story here.

 

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Sparks Fly During 4th of July in Midtown Ala Moana

Midtown Ala Moana will be a bright spot this 4th of July with fireworks and fun for the entire family. Here are some of our favorite 4th of July activities to do in Midtown Ala Moana:

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HI Now: Urban Living in Midtown Ala Moana

Urban, charming, and full of life–Midtown Ala Moana is the new hub for Hawaii living. With a wave of residential developments popping up all over the neighborhood, the area is attracting new residents providing a lifestyle of convenience with retail and dining just steps from your doorstep. Find out why you’ll want to invest in your Midtown Ala Moana home NOW.

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HI Now: Dining in Midtown Ala Moana

Fill your plates and spice up meal time at one of the many restaurants around Midtown Ala Moana. Follow Kanoe Gibson and our friend Melissa Chang on as they dish on their favorite places to eat around the neighborhood. Whether you satisfy your seafood cravings with the freshest sashimi at Sushi ii or grabbing a bake of cajun boil at Kickin Kajun, Midtown Ala Moana has a menu for every taste bud.

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HI Now: Conveniences of Midtown Ala Moana

A thriving and growing neighborhood, Midtown Ala Moana has everything you need… especially when it comes to grocery shopping! From Korean supermarket 88 Palpal to Don Quijote and Foodland Farms, you can pop in for the ingredients you need to whip up your favorite recipe or simply to pick up your favorite bottle of wine, all just a walk away.

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