Ward Centers is an urban entertainment and shopping complex that occupies four enormous, pedestrian-friendly blocks across the street from Ala Moana Beach Park. Large retailers including Borders, Sports Authority, and Brookstone are located here, but they’re outnumbered by small boutiques and specialty stores like Island Soap and Candle Works and Honolulu Cookie Company, making it a great stop for souvenir and traditional Honolulu shopping. A standout is Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, which offers an extensive collection of handmade Hawaiiana as well as traditional arts workshops from lauhala weaving to hula, hosted by native practitioners (www.nativebookshawaii.com)
. Dave & Busters and a 16-screen cinema make Ward Centers also a favorite date night destination for locals.