Shop a Le‘a


POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2009

Shop a Le'a, Ala Moana Center's weeklong spring shopping event, returns from Monday through March 29, with the opportunity to experience the latest in fashion, health and beauty, and cuisine.

Included in the week's lineup are fashion and trunk shows, exclusive products, a chance to win a grand-prize shopping vacation for two to Las Vegas, and much more.

The grand prize getaway, valued at $4,500, includes two roundtrip flights on Hawaiian Airlines, five night's accommodations at the Venetian or the Palazzo on the Vegas strip, a $500 shopping spree, and tickets for two to four Las Vegas shows: “;Phantom of the Opera,”; Wayne Brady, “;Jersey Boys”; and Blue Man Group.

The center will also give away five trips for two to Maui.

Enter during Shop a Le'a, at Ala Moana Center's Customer Service Center, located by Centerstage. No purchase is necessary. See entry form for rules.

A commemorative Spring Bucket Tote, at right, will be the centerwide gift-with-purchase throughout Shop a Le'a week. Shoppers who redeem $200 in Ala Moana Center store and restaurant receipts at the Customer Service Center will receive the chic, reusable canvas shopping bag.


Party time!

Don't shop aimlessly. The goal has been set at $100, and shoppers who meet the target, with purchases from participating Nordstrom Wing stores between Monday and next Thursday, will receive a free ticket to Shop a Le'a's March 26 LuWow!, a party under the stars celebrating the Nordstrom Wing's first anniversary.

LuWOW! starts at 6 p.m. on Level 3 of the Nordstrom Wing, where partygoers will enjoy two hours of entertainment by Brother Noland, Kai Vodka cocktails, and pupu and desserts by Honolulu magazine Hale Aina Award-winning chefs, including Marc Anthony Frieberg of Mariposa, Michael Longworth of Romano's Macaroni Grill and Lance Kosaka of Alan Wong's Pineapple Room.

LuWOW! guests will also be eligible for giveaways from Nordstrom and select retailers from the new wing.

Bring receipts to Ala Moana's Customer Service Center to redeem a ticket in advance. Limit is two tickets per person while supplies last.

Participating Nordstrom Wing stores are: Ann Taylor, Anteprima Plastiq, Bare Escentuals, Blue Hawaii Lifestyles, Brighton Collectibles, Brontibay Paris, Chico's, Club Monaco, Design Within Reach, Express, J. Crew-on-the-island, Janie & Jack, Kahala, Le Grand Marqet, lululemon athletica, MAX&Co., Metropark, Miki House, Nordstrom, Origins, Philip Rickard Honolulu, Ponte Vecchio Hotta, Sunglass Icon, True Religion Jeans, Vera Bradley, Vitamin Shoppe (Kapiolani Blvd.), White House/Black Market and Williams-Sonoma.







        Keep up your shopping stamina with Shop a Le'a treats as follows:

» Bubba Gump Shrimp: Enjoy a Jenny's Shop 'til you Drop Punch, a concoction of juices and Bacardi O, available for $9.95, including souvenir glass.


» Honolulu Cookie Co: Introducing the company's newest assortment of Kona Coffee, White Chocolate Kona Coffee and Dark Chocolate Kona Coffee. Receive a gift with any purchase of $25 or more. (Cannot be combined with other offers.)


» Neiman Marcus' Mariposa: Receive a free special dessert with the purchase of one entree (with Shop a Le'a brochure).


» Beard Papa at Foodland: Buy any two cream puffs and get one free.


» Blue Hawaii Lifestyle: Receive 10 percent off acai bowls.


» Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Foodland and Makai Market: Receive $1 off any large drink.


» Crack Seed Center: Buy 1 pound of seed (no mix) and get a quarter-pound free.


» Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks: Receive 50 percent off Kalua Pork Sliders.


» Neiman Marcus Mermaid Bar: Purchase one entree at Mermaid Bar and receive one free soft drink or ice tea (with Shop a Le'a brochure).


» Neiman Marcus Ebar: Purchase one entree at Ebar and receive one free soft drink or ice tea (with Shop a Le'a brochure).


» Nestle Toll House Cafe: Receive 50 percent off Toll House chocolate chip cups.


» Romano's Macaroni Grill: Purchase one adult lunch entree and receive one free keiki lunch meal. Valid 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, house wines on special for $4 per glass during lunch and dinner.


» Swirl: Buy one ice-blaster beverage or lemonade and get a second one for 50 percent off.









        For last-minute changes or more information, visit http://www.AlaMoanaCenter.com. Events are free, except where noted.

        » 5 to 9 p.m.: Custo Barcelona ready-to-wear in-store shopping event with free champagne.
        » 6 p.m.: Chef Michael Longworth of Macaroni Grill shows shoppers how to “;go Italian”; with signature dishes from the restaurant.


        » 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Try the latest Natura Bisse hand cream and register to win a Natura Bisse gift basket, at Neiman Marcus Cosmetics Level 1. Repeats next Thursday and March 28.
        » 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Free watch inspection and battery change at Ben Bridge Timeworks. Applicable to most Swiss products and subject to on-hand availability. Limit one watch per customer.
        » 3 to 6 p.m.: Jo Malone product preview at Neiman Marcus. Register to win a gift basket of Jo Malone products. In Cosmetics Level 1.
        » 6 p.m.: Master the art of making Pearl's signature drinks by becoming your own mixologist; Center Stage demonstration.


        » 4 p.m.: Caudalie skincare seminar by Sephora at Centerstage.
        » 5 to 7 p.m.: Caudalie skincare at Sephora. Get a free skincare analysis and learn how to get healthier, more luminous skin.
        » 6 p.m.: Lynette Jee, owner of Pacific Place Tea Garden, explains how to brew the perfect cup of tea and the latest health trends in teas and herbal infusions.


        » 2 p.m.: Aveda hair demonstration at Centerstage, with fashions by BCBG Max Azria.
        » 4 p.m.: Kathryn Drury Wagner, author of the “;Ultimate Guide to Shopping on O'ahu”; and executive editor of Honolulu magazine, shares tips for saving time, money and sanity while scoring the best deals. Afterward, she'll host a shopping workshop and book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5 to 6 p.m.
        » 4 to 6 p.m.: See the latest collection at J.Crew on-the-Island, and sample Waialua soda and cookie treats.
        » 5 to 7 p.m.: Stop by Valerie Joseph for a stylish night of drinks, discounts up to 40 percent off and free Body-and-Soul mini makeovers, complete with individualized makeup application charts.
        » 6 to 9 p.m.: LuWOW! Night party on Level 3 of the Nordstrom Wing. See sidebar for details. For tickets, call (808) 955-9517.
        » 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Girls Night Out at Pearl Ultralounge with gift giveaways.


        » 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Receive a free body type and color type analysis during the Diva Profile Event at Valerie Joseph. Repeats March 28.
        » 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Stella McCartney spring collection trunk show at Neiman Marcus, in the Fine Apparel department Level 2.
        » 2 p.m.: Aveda presents the Spring/Summer 2009 Prism color and cut collection, Centerstage. With fashions by BCBG Max Azria.
        » 2 to 4 p.m.: Informal modeling of new jewelry and diamond collections at Tiffany & Co.
        » 2 to 6 p.m.: View new spring designs during the Miss Sixty Spring Fashion Event, featuring tunes from DJ EBOOST, with free hair styling tips and makeup demonstrations at the boutique.
        » 4 p.m.: Stila makeup artists will show the newest looks for spring at Centerstage, followed by a 5 to 7 p.m. consultations at Sephora.
        » 4 to 7 p.m.: Kimo Opiana performs his smooth and powerful local and R&B hits at the Mai Tai Bar.
        » 5:30 to 9 p.m.: Modern Luxury magazine presents “;Passport to Luxury,”; a shopping party including special products, food and drinks for shoppers. Tickets are $85 per person, with proceeds benefitting Hawaii Theatre.
        » 6 p.m.: Wolford fashion show at Centerstage features a mix of luxury hosiery and ready-to-wear women's clothing.
        » 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.: The Candy Bar at Pearl Ultralounge features guest DJs, live performers and go-go girls. Complimentary before 9 p.m.; $10 cover from 9 to 10 p.m.; $15 after 10 p.m.


        » 9:30 a.m. to noon: Saturday Morning Breakfast with Club Monaco stylists features tips on how to wear the season's must-haves. Save 20 percent by shopping before noon.
        » 10 a.m.: Lululemon athletica debuts its new spring fashions and the latest in athletic apparel and yoga essentials at Centerstage.
        » 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Enjoy a Tea & Honey Pairing Event at Pacific Place Tea Garden.
        » Noon: Hair experts from W Salon will debut the latest trends via live, step-by-step haircut and styling demonstrations at Centerstage.
        » 1 to 4 p.m.: Foot Candy Shoe Party at Macy's features the hottest looks for spring. Those who spend $150 or more in the Macy's women's shoe department will receive a $25 Macy's gift card. (Any merchandise returns must include the gift card.) In the women's shoe department, Level 2.
        » 2 to 4 p.m.: Informal modeling of new jewelry collections at Tiffany & Co.
        » 4 p.m.: Chef Andy Degamo from Morton's reveals the secret behind the perfect steak, at CenterStage.
        » 6 p.m.: Valerie Joseph fashion show at Centerstage also features Tiffany & Co. accessories.
        March 29
        » 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.: Free yoga class taught by local industry experts and fitness instructors, at Lululemon Athletica.
        » Noon: Alyson Helwagen, founder and owner of Lei Chic, will show shoppers today's hottest local fashion and beauty lines, and where to find them at the center.
        » 2 p.m.: Aveda hair demonstration at Centerstage focusing on the latest spring/summer hair styles for men and women, along with clothing from Miss Sixty/Energie.


        9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to March 29, except where noted:
        » Receive a 10-day sample of Mineral Foundation and get a free make under from Bare Escentuals' artists at the boutique.
        » Try Crabtree & Evelyn's Hand Recovery and receive a free demonstration at the store.
        » Custo Barcelona trunk show of ready-to-wear spring designs on view at the store.
        » Harry Winston trunk show includes a violet-gray diamond ring valued at $5.6 million and the Hawaii launch of the new diamond solitaire ring “;Voila.”; No appointment necessary at the boutique.
        » Lifestyle workshops at Lululemon Athletica answer fitness questions and demonstrate yoga techniques.
        » Make an appointment to work with an in-store jewelry designer on creating a piece of jewelry unique to you, during Maui Divers jewelry event.
        » Louis Vuitton “;Evolution of Travel”; event offers the opportunity to experience Louis Vuitton's exclusive Mon Monogram personalization offer, through which select luggage and handbag styles can be customized with up to three initials and colorful stripes.
        » Tea Tasting event at Pacific Place Tea Garden.
        » Salvatore Ferragamo made-to-order event allows individuals to personalize a women's handbag or men's shoe purchase with a customized name or initial engraving.
        » Baggallini trunk show at Tapestries by Hau'oli focuses on new eco-chic handbag designs.
        » Register at Neiman Marcus to win a La Prairie facial giveaway Monday to March 27. Winner selected for a facial at 4 p.m. March 28.
        » St. John Spa Event at Neiman Marcus features viewing of the newest collection and a free gift with qualifying purchases. In the NM St. John boutique, Level 2, Tuesday to March 29.
        » View a special collection of shoes from luxury footwear brand Manolo Blahnik at Neiman Marcus, in Ladies Shoe Salon, Level 1, next Thursday to March 28 only.


Also, at 11 a.m from Monday to March 28., there will be free yoga classes courtesy Lululemon Athletica at Centerstage. For all levels, taught by certified instructors. Mats provided.