Yesterday my daughter and I went to the Super Shopping Plaza. The NEX (Navy Exchange) at Pearl Harbor. The NEX back in 1967 was a single story old building with a couple of separate ones scattered around the Moanalua Shopping Center area and up the road from the Makalapa Gate- Pearl Harbor Navy Base.
A few years ago they built this giant double level mall NEX consisting of 275,000 sq. ft of oodles of shopping, other stores and a giant Commissary too. It is Hawaii's Largest Navy Exchange and named the "2006 Bingham Award" winner for excellence and outstanding performance.
Not only is this "mall" HUGE to accomodate the hundreds if not thousands that trapse through all the shopping mall, it is also tastefully decorated to entertain Active Duty Military In Hawaii, their dependents, Vets in Hawaii and their guests.
The waterfall pictured to the left starts from the pool on the second floor and tiers down with cascading waterfalls to three or four levels and ending at the bottom pool. The sculpture is a Wyland sculpture titled "A Leap of Faith".
While coming down the escalator I noticed many children and adults tossing coins to make a wish.
What a sight!
Yes, I ran around taking pictures of the gigantic mural on the ceiling that highlights the entry and the middle of the mall. Guess who did this "Ocean's Sanctuary" mural? Ah...of course it's Wyland!
This mural features Wyland's 89th mural (he just painted his 100th one in China in honor of the Olympics) and spans 10,000 sq/ft and features three adult and two baby whales.
In 2004 Wyland returned to the NEX to add on a HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL to the mural. Do you see it right in the skylight?
We ate at the Food Court and got our fill so we could romp around the Hawaii Navy Commissary without stuffing our basket with unneeded items (that one usually does when they're all hungry before shopping). Right inside the entrance there was a flower/plant 'shop' and I decided to pick up two plants to give my little courtyard garden some color.
Hours of operation:
Daily: 9 AM - 9 PM
Telephone: (808) 423-3330
Customer Service: (808) 423-3274
1025 Quincy Avenue, Suite 1020
Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-4512
4725 Bougainville Drive, Building 631
Honolulu, HI 96818
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