Parking is tough to find in most areas at Ala Moana Center.
Hundreds of parking stalls sit empty in the Mauka Ewa area near Piikoi.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Parking is tough to find at Ala Moana Center this time of year, unless you know where to look.
"This is kind of that hidden gem of parking," said Ala Moana Center Marketing Manager Robyn Gee Tucker, pointing to a nearly empty parking deck. "People just don't know about it."
While the parking area was empty, inside the mall shoppers were careful not to bump into one another as they whittled down their Christmas list.
"It's really, really convenient for me," said Paul Crimmins, of the empty lot.
Crimmins was able to get in and out fast.
"The parking lot is basically all mine," said Crimmins.
Tucker added, "People aren't aware yet that they can park over here."
Because of construction last Christmas, there were only 8,000 parking spaces. As a part of the Ewa wing expansion, an additional 1,000 stalls were added bringing the number of available spaces currently at the mall to 11,000. That's more than the airport. So where exactly are all these empty spots?
"You got to hit that Mauka Ewa parking structure come up the Piikoi ramp and go straight to those upper levels. That's nine levels of parking there are 4,500 stalls just in that area. Or enter in the Piikoi street level entrance and turn to the right and park in this area in the Makai Ewa corner," said Tucker.
Many shoppers told Hawaii News Now they had no idea.
"Some of the parking spaces were very small so at first I tried to get over there but the parking was more for a compact car I think," said Kathy Luciano.
Next time Luciano says she plans to do things differently.