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International Market Place in Waikiki

Updated on January 10, 2018
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Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

If you travel to Hawaii, no doubt your family members and friends will be expecting some kind of souvenir. Instead of spending all your money for gifts, you can hit the International Market Place in Waikiki to get all your gifts in one place. Unlike most stores in Honolulu, you can bargain with the kiosk owners. Most of the little stalls are run by business owners from abroad and are eager to please.

The International Market Place is a 4.5 acre banyan-tree-shaded property situated in the heart of Waikiki. It is an open-air bazaar which has been a Waikiki attraction for several decades. Since the opening in 1957, there have been no major renovations.

It's history as a market place began on January 16, 1955 when entrepreneur Donn "Don the Beachcomber" Beach announced that a new "Waikiki village" was to be created.

Property developers in Honolulu have coveted the Market place's central location, wishing to make more upscale restaurants and shops, with a entertainment pavilion and storytelling center. But so far, it stays pretty much the same as it has always been.

The Landowner is the Queen Emma Foundation. Rumor has it that Queen Emma Land signed an agreement with Taubman Centers. Taubman owns and operates high-end malls across the country including Beverly Center in Los Angeles, the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey and Fair Oaks Mall in Virginia. Don't expect changes any time soon since redeveloping the entire area will take jumping over and through a lot of red tape.

In the meantime, why not take advantage of one of the places in Honolulu that has not drastically changed.

Many people have fond memories of the place, its colorful jumble of kiosks and souvenir shops.

You can take time to talk story with local craftsmen, and enjoy the cascading waterfall.

They have entertainment five nights a week, and there is an international food court where you can get your fill of local and international cuisine.

International Market Place:
2330 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

get directions The International Market Place Open Daily 10:00am-10:30pm • 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki • 808.971.20

Hostelling International Waikiki:
2417 Prince Edward St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

get directions

For those who want to spend time in Hawaii, but do not have a lot of funds, they can live right next to the International Marketplace in the Hotelling International Waikiki. You can share a room, make many friends, and the staff work hard to make it comfortable and clean.

If the International Market Place is not your cup of tea, not too far away is the Ala Moana Shopping Center. It is Hawaii's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. It has over 290 world class shops and 70 dining options. You could easily spend a whole day there.

Ala Moana Shopping Center:
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

get directions

(808) 955-9517

© 2010 Elayne


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That's great Fosamax. Hope you enjoy your visit to Hawaii.

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    Fosamax Femur Lawyer 

    8 years ago

    Looking forward for Hawaii this summer! Nice hub! Congrats elayne001.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yeah! I am excited for you, too. Glad you get to visit and hope you have fun.

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    8 years ago


  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It is lots of fun to spend evenings just walking around in Waikiki and strolling through the International Market Place. You are welcome Hello, hello,

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    Hello, hello, 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for showing us around of such a cute and lovely place. I enjoyed reading you hub.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Simonesmith - It really is fun to browse through and find some treasures. Aloha.

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    9 years ago from San Francisco

    What a cool spot this is! Thanks for sharing the cool pictures, as well as the interesting background on the place! I hope to visit it someday >_

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, it is one of the untouched wonders in Waikiki and has quite some charm. Too bad they are thinking of filling it up with high end shops jsut like the rest of Honolulu. Some things should just be left alone. Thanks dahoglund.

    It is fun to go to the IMP and look at all the fun trinkets and especially to get a bargain. Thanks LianaK.

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    9 years ago

    Love shopping at the International Market Place. There is always something for everyone. Great hub on a fascinating and unique place.

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    It sounds like a very interesting place.I enjoyed the history aspect of it even though I don't expect to get to Hawaii.


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