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Check Six: The Old Moanalua Shopping Center – 66 years ago

June 8, 2020

The old Moanalua Shopping Center opened on August 19, 1954. It was conveniently located outside Hickam AFB and the Pearl Harbor base. Prominent Hawai’i architect, Alfred Preis, designed the center. It was the largest center of the era until Ala Moana opened in 1960. Preis is best known for his design of the USS Arizona Memorial.

Over the years, there were 35-40 tenants including Jesse’s Bakery & Restaurant, Caddie Shop Hawaii golf shop, and Mike’s Engraving & Trophies. Wayne Soma, a Hawaii Air National Guard technician and his wife Birgit, ran a small sport equipment store for many years until he passed. They gave Guardmembers great discounts.

After fifty years, the center closed at the end of June 2005. Demolition of the old buildings was completed in July and construction of the new center began. The new facilities open in mid-2007, and is now the home to over 25 business, mostly eateries.

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