Shopping time out

Take a break from the Christmas shopping at Pearlridge Center. The mall is hosting a series of kids events in Downtown Center Court. Acitivities are free but kids must be a member ot KidX, the mall’s keiki program. You can sign up on site for the free program though.

  • Dec. 2: 10-10:30 a.m. Storytime with Santa
  • Dec. 3: 11 a.m.–noon Holiday Card Making
  • Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – noon Reindeer Ornament Making
  • Dec 5: 11 a.m.–noon Gingerbread Ornament Making
  • Dec. 6: 11 a.m.–noon Paper Snowflake Making
  • Dec. 7: 11 a.m.–noon Santa Ornament Crafts
  • Dec. 8: 11 a.m.–noon Snowman Stocking Craft
  • Dec. 9: 11 a.m.–noon Paper Snowflakes Ornaments
  • Dec. 10: 11 a.m.–noon Letters to Santa with cookies

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Give a little aloha

Aloha Festivals returns with the ocean-centric theme, “No Ke Kai Kakou E – We are of the Sea.” Sept. 15 is the Pearlridge Keiki Hoolaulea with events, crafts and entertainment at the mall from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Next weekend on Sept. 22, Kalakaua Avenue will be closed for the 66th Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea 7 to 10 p.m. There will be booths with food, crafts and culture demonstrations plus performances on stage with music and hula halau. Visit

E-magine yourself bouncing in Pearlridge

There’s one week left to check out the E-magine Fun exhibit at Pearlridge. Theere is a Virtual Reality Roller Coaster, Eyeplay interactive games, a rope maze, Eurobungy, a bungee cord-controlled trampoline, and Snookball, a combo of billiards and soccer. There are also giant floor mazes, checkers and Connect Four and puzzles. Activities start at $4 and run through Aug. 15 in the mall’s Uptown Center Court.

Mauna Kea Mist a photo-friendly treat

We finally tried the Mauna Kea Mist ($5.95) from Da Snack Shack at Pearlridge Center. The airy balls don’t taste like much but it sure is fun to eat. They are barely sweet but with a choice of dipping sauce that isn’t tasty enough to justify its mist-blocking properties. Also available at the newly opened Japan Village Walk kiosk.

Museum of Aloha

Pearlridge Center’s summer exhibit opened with a confetti blast earlier this month. The Museum of Aloha’s The Experience is series of highly Instagrammable exhibits that has taken up residence in Uptown Center Court through July 1. The seven interactive experiences include a Confetti Volcano, a Balloon Tunnel and a Streamer Photo Booth. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Da Snack Shack will be giving out samples of its Nitrogen Ball Treats. Mondays through Thursdays, Cookie Corner will give out treats. Admission is $10 per person.