If you want to take a break during a long day of shopping with kids at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, consider bypassing the busy (and usually chaotic) food court and stopping at Longhi's Restaurant instead.
Longhi's provides adults with beautiful ocean views, delicious food, and a serene environment in their open air restaurant (compared to the hustle and bustle at the surrounding mall). However, the best part about this restaurant is that it's also very kid-friendly.
All seating at Longhi's is in an open air balcony, which is always nice for kids, as the outdoor sounds help to drown out loud noises that hungry kids tend to make. As soon as your kids sit down, they are presented with a paper kid's menu and markers to color with (a novelty for most kids since restaurants typically just use crayons). Another major kid-friendly perk of Longhi's is that you will also be quickly provided with fresh, complimentary bread. Two types are served: one with chilis and cheese and another with a tomato sauce and cheese (which tastes very similar to pizza and is always a huge hit with kids - my youngest son usually eats it as his meal!).
Longhi's has delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - click here to view their menu (my favorites: "Artichoke Longhi" appetizer and the "Chicken Cannelloni"). They also have a kid's menu, which includes: kid's hamburger, fettucini alfredo, macaroni and cheese, buttered noodles, and chicken sandwiches.
Tip: If you go to Longhi's in between mealtimes (early or late lunch or early dinner), you will find that you have most of the balcony seating area to yourself (always a plus for parents of cranky, hungry kids!),
For more information: Contact Longhi's at Ala Moana at 808-947-9899 There are also two locations on Maui in Lahaina and Wailea). Be sure to view my slideshow to see pictures of Longhi's at Ala Moana.