When it opens next week, the reimagined International Market Place will once again be Waikiki’s gathering place for shopping, dining and entertainment as it was for generations. In celebration of this completely redone destination, here’s five things you probably didn’t know about International Market Place.
No. 5: Historical horticulture
Planted in the days of Queen Emma, the iconic banyan tree is well over 100 years old and remains the center of the new International Market Place, which also features a historic tree house, cultural walk, rainwall, ponds full of Queen Emma’s favorite water lilies, a healing garden and other landscaped areas.
No. 4: 50-plus retail shops
In an open-air environment with native plants and meandering springs, you can shop at over 50 spots shops ranging from local boutiques to luxury retailers and Hawaii’s first Saks Fifth Avenue.
No. 3: Nightly entertainment
Kamaaina and visitors can watch a nightly ceremonial lighting of the Lamaku Torch Tower, while a torch-lit stage in Queens Court will feature storytelling through Hawaiian and Polynesian song and dance.
No. 2: The mobile experience
We said this was a destination: Cultural Journey is a unique interactive mobile website experience that will highlight historical and cultural facts about Waikiki and the complex. You can discover markers placed throughout the center, scan codes to read stories, try your hand at a quiz and gain access to exclusive offers and prizes.
And if you get that low battery alert or want to conserve your cellular data, there’ll be mobile charging stations and free WiFi throughout the center. (Looks like this will be a prime spot for Pokemon hunters!)
No. 1: The Grand Lanai
The rooftop Grand Lanai is where you’ll find the chef-driven restaurants you’ve been hearing about. These will be both indoor and outdoor restaurants, most of them new to Hawaii: James Beard winner and Michelin-starred Michael Mina’s Stripsteak, Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849, Yauatcha patisserie, Baku and Kona Grill. What else? The newest outpost of the homegrown ramen chain Goma Tei.
International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave
Daily 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Validated and valet parking