Ala Moana Beach Park, The Vybe, Pearlridge Shopping Center

by Tad Akiyama, Tim Scofield, and Cheryl Kirihara

If you're an young adult looking for some other places to hang out, check out Ala Moana beach park for surfing, Pearlridge Shopping Center for shopping and cruising around, and the Vybe for dancing at night.

ThereÕs many other things to do at Ala Moana Beach Park than just surfing. You can fish, you can fly your kite, play tennis and basketball on the courts. For health enthusiasts the park is an excellent place to jog and stroll. You might be wondering how exactly do you get there. Well, you just take the H-1 freeway to town and take the Kinau cut off. Then take your first left, then right, and go straight until you reach Ala Moana Boulevard. And turn left onto it. Then take a right at Ala Moana Beach Park. ThereÕs always something going on or something to do, so youÕll never feel bored for the lack of activities. Ala MoanaÕs vast space and beauty make it a favorite for many. It is often used monthly for many company cook-outs, benefits, craft fairs, contests and even entertainment. For many years it has been the focal for the starting point for our famous parades, like the HoÕolaulea. For just lying in the sun and tanning, the sun rays are comfortable on the skin. The water is cool and shallow enough to wade around in. At night, itÕs a great place for couples to take a romantic stroll on the beach. Benches everywhere to sit, feel the breeze, and smell the fresh clean air. If you visit in the summer, youÕll be able to catch the summer swell, where waves reach the heights of eight to ten feet. Also, if youÕre lucky you might just catch the turtles swimming by. Ala Moana Beach Park is the best there is and when you experience it for yourself, youÕll agree.

You take the H-1 to town and take the University cut off. Stay on University Avenue and turn left into the parking lot. If youÕre young and like dancing. ThereÕs just the place for you! The Vybe! The Vybe is a dance club for people who are sixteen and older. The music ranges from R & B to Alternative music. ItÕs five dollars to get in before 10:00 p.m.. Then it costs eight dollars after ten to get in. So make sure you get there before ten! The place closes at around 2:00 a.m.. The Vybe is a great place to meet people. The atmosphere is friendly. You can walk up to anyone and ask them to dance and most likely theyÕll say yes! So get on down to the Vybe. IÕll see you there.

Pearlridge is located in Aiea on Moanalua Road. There are many things one can find to do at Pearlridge, such as; shopping, eating, and taking in a movie. Some of the shops at Pearlridge are Liberty House, Sears, and J.C. Penneys, as well as hobby, stereo, and surf shops. While shopping you might become hungry. Pearlridge has many fast food restaurants to choose from, such as; Taco Bell, Burger King, and Sbarros. My personal favorite is Cinnabons where you can get the best cinnamon roll topped with sweet frosting. When your done eating you can catch a movie located in the same area as the restaurants. There is a wide variety of shows to choose from that include action thrillers and love stories. So come check out Pearlridge, IÕm sure youÕll find something to do there even if its just walking around.

In closing we have looked at three hot spots on Oahu. They are Ala Moana Beach Park, Vybe, and Pearlridge Shopping Center. Hope you find these places as enjoyable as we did. Aloha!