There are over 400 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Ala Moana-Kakaako,
most of which are in Ward Center and Ala Moana Center. Due to the compact layout of these neighborhoods, most residents can walk to over 20 of those establishments in five minutes.
You can find a wide range of food options here, from fine dining to fast food, but as is common in Hawaii, the majority of them prove to be Asian-influenced. The most popular eatery in Ala Moana is located within a department store, Shirokiya. Within the massive Ala Moana Shopping Center, this combo department store/restaurant offers up local favorites, such as mochi, bubble tea, ramen noodles, curry dishes, sushi and bentos, which are take-out boxes of sorts that come with some arrangement of rice, chicken, nori (seaweed), spam and a sushi roll. Make sure to check out its beer garden upstairs, and order a Kirin Ichiban.
For Italian fare, head to La Cucina Ristorante Italiano in Kakaako. The food here is excellent and so is the staff. The cozy and intimate atmosphere is perfect for an Italian restaurant. For the adventurous eaters, try the squid ink pasta. The lobster ravioli with vodka sauce is also a huge hit. La Cucina's biggest hit remains its creme brulee cheesecake. Not leaving room for this delicious dessert is a mistake you soon regret.
After dinner, head to Air Park Karaoke Lounge where you can sing your heart out until 2 a.m. with its modern iPad-controlled karaoke machines. The modern vibe extends to the song list as well as the decor of the lounge. Room rates range from $18 to $75 an hour depending on the size of your party and day of the week. However, every night except Friday and Saturday, as long as each member of your group orders two drinks per hour, you can get the room for free.