The Waimanalo Shopping Center is as humble as the town itself. With only a handful of businesses that call this barn-red building their home, the center serves more as a pit stop for food or gas.
Subway, Jack-in-the-Box and Dave’s Ice Cream come to mind as far as getting a quick bite to eat. However, there is also one shop located off to the corner that seems to be more touristy. I’ve went in there once and remember seeing a lot of stuff similar to what you would find at the Swap Meet. Aloha prints, shell lei, among other souvenir goodies.
As a kid, we would always stop at Dave’s Ice Cream after the beach. The shops are tucked toward the back of the parking lot, which is why not many people know there is an ice cream parlor here. Dave’s is known for its locally-made flavors, perfect for those hot, humid days. It definitely brings back wonderful childhood memories for me.
Right in front of Dave’s is a large statue of famous sumo grand champion Akebono. Because he was born in Waimanalo, it seemed right to have a statue here in his honor. Originally, the statue had been placed off to the far left of the center – almost of sight. People complained and requested it be moved where it is today.
If you’re looking for more eating options, there are a few across the street – a convenience store and plate lunch places. Going south, toward Waimanalo Beach, you will find other roadside eateries or lunch wagons.
• 41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy., Waimanalo, HI 96795 • Free parking in lot
Posted by: Bruce Fisher