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January 31, 2019

Ala Moana Center to Celebrate 60 Years in Hawaii

Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping center and Hawai‘i’s premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Aug. 13, 2019. To honor this milestone, Ala Moana Center will enhance its signature events that take place throughout the year, leading up to a 60 Day Celebration in July and August featuring anniversary-themed events, special offers, gift-with-purchase promotions, and commemorative 60th anniversary products.

“As we commemorate this significant milestone, we’d like to extend a sincere mahalo to the countless loyal customers, merchants and employees who have made Ala Moana Center the success that it is today,” said Francis Cofran, senior general manager, Ala Moana Center. “We are proud to have served Hawai‘i as a leader in retail, fashion, dining and entertainment over the past six decades, remaining one of the community’s favorite gathering places.”

When Ala Moana Center first opened its doors on August 13, 1959, it was renowned as the largest shopping center in the U.S., with just over 680,000 square feet of retail space to accommodate 87 merchants. Among the original tenants, six are still open today, including Long’s Drugs, Foodland (now Foodland Farms), Reyn’s (now Reyn Spooner), Shirokiya (now Shirokiya Japan Village Walk), U.S. Post Office and Watumull’s. Over the past six decades, Ala Moana Center has gone through a number of transformations with major renovation and expansion projects, including the most recent Ewa Wing Expansion which was completed in November 2015. The Center now boasts 2.4-million-square-feet of retail space and is home to more than 350 stores and restaurants. Today, Ala Moana Center remains one of HawaiĘ»i’s most frequented destinations, attracting 52 million shopping visitations each year.

For updates regarding the 60th anniversary, please visit www.AlaMoanaCenter.com.

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