Ala Moana Shopping Center
Aloha once again, from the Ala Moana Shopping Center! Here's an old photo shot around the same Koi fish fountain I featured in another recent Ala Moana mall post. A pretty Hawaiian girl handing out leis is just more icing on this very groovy cake! Notes from Wikipedia:
Originally constructed in August 1959, Ala Moana Center was built on a reclaimed swamp. Costing USD $25 Million, it had eighty-seven stores and four thousand parking spaces, making it the largest shopping center in the United States, a distinction it held until the construction of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.Mall history: 1959 - present
Ala Moana Center was remodeled extensively in the late 1990s. New designs reflected modern Hawaiian architectural principles, emphasizing the importance of the symbolism of various natural phenomena found in Hawai'i. Asian Pacific Rim motifs have been adopted reflecting the large Asian population of residents in Hawai'i. For decades, a centerpiece of Ala Moana Center was its koi ponds. In the Japanese culture, koi represents happiness and tranquility.
Architect: John Graham Jr.
Current aerial view
Current website: here
Info from Wikipedia
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