Aiea is home to Hawaii's largest enclosed shopping center by the name of Pearlridge. Featuring over 170 stores, the facility is divided into two separate centers: Pearlridge Uptown and Pearlridge Downtown. The two buildings are connected by Hawaii's only monorail that travels over watercress fields and offers scenic views of Pearl Harbor. Aside from the usual mall stores, the facility offers a mini-golf course, two arcades, a 16-screen cinema, 12 full restaurants, and even a weekly farmer's market. Pearlridge is a huge draw to people from all over the region, but the mall is prepared with a parking structure that features over 6,500 parking spaces.
The Aiea Loop Trail
Located in a section of the O'aho State Park the Aiea Loop Trail is a lovely hike that is easy enough to bring the kids along. The trail winds through forests of native koa and ohi'a trees and offers several stunning views of Pearl Harbor. Sharp-eyed hikers might even find the remnants of a B-24 bomber that crashed in the area in 1944. If the season is right, hikers will be delighted to find invasive yet delicious strawberry guavas growing everywhere along the path. Be warned that the path is often quite muddy, so bring appropriate footwear.