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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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Chengdu Taste

Treat your taste buds to the hottest, and we mean hottest, Chinese restaurant. But Chengdu Taste isn’t just any old Chinese restaurant. Its specialty is fiery Sichuan dishes full of flavors that numb your mouth and leave you wanting more. There’s something for everyone here whether you like fish, pork or chicken, and yes, there’s even something for those of you who don’t like spicy foods. Authentic Sichuan cuisine is hard to find outside of China but luckily for us there’s some right in the heart of Midtown.

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Bernini Honolulu

Tucked away just off of bustling Piikoi Street, Bernini Honolulu is a contemporary Italian restaurant worthy of your next night out. Chef Kengo Matsumoto, who hails from Tokyo but was trained in Northern Italy, uses seasonal locally sourced ingredients to inform his dishes. Be sure to try the popular, savory Norcia Roman-style pizza, topped with mozzarella, Italian sausage, mushrooms, walnuts and truffles. And save room for dessert. Their tiramisu espuma with Hawaiian cacao nib are little bites of heaven.

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Thrills Soft Serve

Picture this: decadent ube soft-serve topped with a perfectly toasted marshmallow, all swirled into a crunchy charcoal cone. Pretty thrilling, right? That’s the mission of Honolulu’s newest ice cream parlor, Thrills Soft Serve. You’re going to want to Instagram your visit to the Piikoi Street confectionery. Each flavor comes out in dazzling, vibrant hues (think turquoise for birthday cake and bubblegum pink for Fruity Pebbles) and the interior of the shop features several backdrops worthy of the ‘gram. Be sure to order your sweet treat in their activated charcoal cone, which costs $6. The intense-looking cone offers a fresher, more subtle taste compared to vanilla—perfectly balancing out the sweet ice cream flavors.

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Salon Glitter

While some may say all that glitters isn’t gold, a visit to Salon Glitter will have you singing a different tune. Located on Keeaumoku Street, this intimate nail salon has been transforming nails into stunning works of art since 2009. These aren’t just your run-of-the-mill manicures either. Using gel polish straight from Japan, manicures and pedicures at Salon Glitter last longer and won’t cause damage to the nail bed. With hand-painted snowflakes and mermaids and everything in-between, the nail technicians at Salon Glitter can make any nail design dream a Pinterest-worthy reality.

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Honolulu Time Company

This Midtown Ala Moana company is one to watch! Honolulu Time Company understands that fine watches and jewelry are much more than casual accessories. They pay attention to the minute details by integrating the technical and aesthetics of form and function. Originally from Vietnam, owners Linh and Eveyln started the business in 1978, hoping to bring the tradition of artisanal watchmaking to Hawaii. If you are looking for the perfect accessory, pay them a visit and explore their extensive collection of vintage and contemporary fine watches and jewelry.

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Aloha Confectionery

Say “aloha” to Midtown Ala Moana’s newest dessert spot: Aloha Confectionery! Treat yourself to one of their many decadent baked or frozen treats. Our favorite is the milk tea soft serve, which pairs perfectly with sweet Hawaiian honey and crunchy housemade rice oats.  Each confection is incredibly Instagrammable, so make sure to snap a pic before savoring every last bite!

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Midtown Events

Honolulu Pride Run/Walk 5K

October 12 2019

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to move for Pride! The Honolulu Pride Run/Walk 5K kicks off at 7 a.m. on October 12, 2019 from Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park.  The event is a chance for Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community and allies to come together and celebrate while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Participants can enjoy the beautiful ocean as they circle the entire park. There will be an awards ceremony at the end and each participant will get to remember this year’s race with a commemorative t-shirt.

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GeekCraft Expo Hawaii 2019: Da Kine Indy Publishing Festival

October 12-13 2019

Each year, GeekCraft Expo creates curated, craft markets across the country, such as Madison, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon. This is the first year GeekCraft Expo touches down in Hawaii and it’s shedding light on independent as well as small publishers and their creativity and passion projects. Everything for sale at the festival is created by indie or boutique publishers or is self-published—no middleman involved. So you know what you’re buying is truly someone’s labor of love.

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Honolulu Marathon

December 8 2019

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to pound the pavement for this year’s annual Honolulu Marathon.  The 26.2 mile course takes participants on a scenic run across the island starting bright and early at 5 a.m. on December 8, 2019, for the fourth largest marathon in the United States. The course gives participants a scenic view of Oahu’s south shore, taking them from Ala Moana Beach Park through Waikiki, past Diamond Head and all the way to Hawaii Kai. And the aloha spirit truly shines through this event as the marathon is more focused on having fun rather than competition; so there’s no time limit and each participant gets a t-shirt and medal upon completion.

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The Latest Hapenings

Our Favorite Places to Pamper Your Pet

There’s a reason they’re called man’s best friend. Your pet is like a family member, and you know they deserve some pawsome pampering. And Midtown Ala Moana is just the spot to find everything you need to make sure your furry friend is doggone happy.

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Ala Moana Beach Park Gets Some TLC

One of Honolulu’s most popular beaches, Ala Moana Beach Park, is making waves and receiving some TLC. This fall the main road, Ala Moana Park Drive, will be repaved. The $1 million project covers not only repaving but also the installation of new speed bumps and some tree-trimming. The Ala Moana Beach Park improvements also includes the bustling park McCoy Pavilion, which will receive a new air conditioning system plus new showers have been installed and concession stands recently renovated. Read the full announcement at Hawaii News Now.

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The Scoop on National Ice Cream Cone Day in Midtown Ala Moana

I scream, you scream, we all scream for National Ice Cream Cone Day! There’s no waffling about it, on September 22 you’ll find us at any one (or all!) of our favorite Midtown Ala Moana spots, cooling off with an ice-cold treat.

If you need an excuse to chill out, check out some of our favorite ice cream shops in the Midtown neighborhood.

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Our Favorite Places to Pau Hana in Midtown Ala Moana

Let’s face it—all work and no play isn’t the ideal way to survive your 9-to-5. Here are a few of our favorite spots in Midtown Ala Moana to help you celebrate the end of the work day, the right way.

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News Worth Toasting

Forgetting your favorite wine or beer during your weekly grocery run is no longer a problem! Midtown Ala Moana residents now have convenient access to Sam’s Club same-day alcohol delivery. Hawaii is one of just 11 states Sam’s Club offers this new service, sending your favorite drink straight to your doorstep. Read the full announcement in Pacific Business News here.

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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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