The grinch stole my Christmas cheer when he decided to kill my smartphone battery in the middle of holiday shopping. We decided to brave the crowds at Ala Moana just a few days before Christmas. I had been using the shopping apps on my phone to find out the sales when – it went kaput.

A bummer, but we moseyed our way from one store to the next, filling our shopping bags while emptying our wallets. Out of habit, I kept reaching for my phone in the outside pocket of my purse – only to stop mid-reach when I remembered it D I E D two stores back. Sad but true; technology has got the best of me.

Santa must have sensed my grinch mood because not long after, we accidentally crossed paths with a charging station, like the ones becoming more and more frequent at airports or coffee shops. There was a tall slender table randomly located next to the busy crosswalk near Nordstrom. A symbol of an outlet lit brightly above the dozen or so cords.

Upon closer inspection, there seemed to be a cord for almost every type of device; no joke. I found the iPhone one and plugged in while my sister and mom ducked into one store.

I cannot tell you how convenient it was to have a charging station at the mall! Not sure if there are others, but I wouldn’t doubt it. Ala Moana has a reputation for being ahead of the game in technology. It was one of the first malls on the island to install car charging stations. The tech gadget station seems like a no brainier!

Photo By: Ariel Navares

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