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International Market Place in Waikiki
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.
http://www.internationalmarketplacewaikiki.com/ The International Market Place Open Daily 10:00am-10:30pm • 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki • 808.971.20
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.
(808) 955-9517 http://www.alamoanacenter.com/
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