Kahala Mall

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Coordinates: 21°16′37″N 157°47′10.5″W / 21.27694°N 157.786250°W / 21.27694; -157.786250


Kahala Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Kāhala, Honolulu on the East Side of the island of Oahu. In addition to its service as a major shopping center, Kahala Mall also serves as a key stop on a number of TheBus routes. It is located on Waialae Avenue, near the point at which Interstate H1 becomes Kalanianaole Highway.


Opening in November 1954 as Waialae Shopping Center,[1] it was renovated in 1969[2] and became known as Kahala Mall. It once included the first F.W. Woolworth Company dime store in Hawaii.[3] Waialae Bowl, the only bowling center within several miles of the neighborhood, at one time operated at the mall, but has since closed.

On March 31, 2006, a flood hit the mall. Water affected an estimated 60 of 90 mall businesses, and knocked down two movie auditorium walls.[4]


Kahala Mall is managed by MMI Realty, Inc. The land under the mall is owned by Kamehameha Schools.[5]


Kahala Mall is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized businesses, including CVS/pharmacy (doing business as Longs Drugs), Whole Foods Market, Claire's, Apple Store, Banana Republic, Macy's, Ross Dress for Less, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Radio Shack, Gamestop, Chili's and California Pizza Kitchen. The mall also houses a movie theatre, Consolidated Theatres Kahala 8.


Local senior citizen residents frequent the mall during its early morning hours in order to partake in one of the many free exercise programs that are offered. Students of all ages are regularly found in the mall during and after business hours; they are free to socialize or use laptop computers at any one of the compound's numerous gathering areas.

A notable client was actor Jack Lord of Hawaii Five-O fame, who would take walks in the mall during his later years. A bronzed bust of Lord sits outside the mall, near the California Pizza Kitchen entrance.


  1. ^ "Waialae shopping center opens". The Honolulu Advertiser. November 4, 1954. p. C1:1. 
  2. ^ "Kahala mall has $10 mil facelifting". The Honolulu Advertiser. February 12, 1969. p. B6:1. 
  3. ^ "Honolulu Star-Bulletin Business". Archives.starbulletin.com. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  4. ^ Nakaso, Dan (April 2, 2006). "Kahala Mall tackles soggy wares, carpet". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kahala Mall". Kamehameha Schools. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 

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