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May/June 2015 Issue

What’s new in Oahu, Hawaii

Vibrant and modern yet honoring its history, the Hawaiian island of Oahu is an unforgettable destination. If you’re planning to visit this year, here’s what’s happening around the island.

One of its best attractions, the Bishop Museum, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. A new exhibit, “Nani I Ka Hala: Weaving Hawai’i,” that addresses the vital need to collect, share, and perpetuate the weaving of hala as an important Hawaiian tradition and a celebrated visual art form. The exhibit runs through July.

Families will want to see “Dinosaurs Unleash,” a special exhibit featuring a dozen life-like animatronic dinosaurs, on view through Sept. 7.

The museum is recognized for its scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections that give voice to the stories of Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific.

Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion project to redevelop the west wing of the center into an expanded three-level retail space, totaling 650,000 square feet. The expansion project will include a 167,000 square-foot Bloomingdale’s department store, large format retailers, dining, entertainment, 200,000 square feet of inline retailers, and more than 1,000 parking stalls in the mauka (inland) Ewa parking structure.

Starting construction this year, West Oahu will welcome Ka Makana Alii, a 1.4 million-square-foot regional mall. The mixed-used center will include some of the world’s largest fashion retailers such as Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, and three of Gap Inc. brands Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic, as well as Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites. The new mall will also feature more than 150 shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings, a department store, and LEED-certified office space. Phase one of Ka Makana Alii is scheduled to open in 2016.

During AAA Travel’s Aloha Days, AAA members can save on vacations packages to Oahu, as well as other Hawaiian islands, when reserved by April 30, 2015. Get $100 off per booking, free car rental, and a $50 activity voucher. See your AAA Travel agent for details. Click here for a list of offices to serve you.


Oahu is always evolving, and new retail developments are among the list of what’s on the horizon. Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson photo

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