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Sep 28, 2013 04:41 PM

International Marketplace going?

I read on another thread that it'll be gone by the end of the year. Is something replacing it? I was REALLY looking forward to going.

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  1. Why? It is an outdoor mall filled with tons of cheap souvenir stands and a decent food court. I found it to be very touristy, crowded, and overwhelming. We stopped in for some dole whip.

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    1. re: kathryn

      I'd rather have the current souvenir stands than a Saks 5th Avenue.

    2. I think the operative word being "cheap souvenir stands". Are there any Japanese dollar stores on the island?

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      1. re: itryalot

        Not so much a dollar store but Windward Mall has a Marukai that is crammed with lots of junk and cheap looking foods (never gone in just what I can tell from the window.)

        1. re: manomin

          marukai windward mall now closed
          the rest of the marukai chain is being sold to don quixote

          1. re: macsak

            Wow, although I live within about a mile of the mall I never go shows that I don't get around much! Good to know. Is the space bare? I should go walk around use one of my GC's for Ruby Tuesday (I do like their red sangria) during my visit!

            1. re: manomin

              hmm, not sure if it's bare, but i bet it is
              the bishop estate does not manage the place well, even after the renovation it is still less than 2/3 occupied
              i work next to pah ke's and i go there less than a couple of times a month

              1. re: macsak

                Kamehameha Schools, Bishop Estate is no more. LOL

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  i was only able to call it macy's without thinking two years ago
                  was still saying liberty house

                  1. re: macsak

                    Sometimes I'd eat a small lunch upstairs but when they dropped beer and wine due to the liquor license cost I stopped that at Macy's. In Kailua if you look at the wrought iron fence facing Kailua Rd. there is still the long departed LH logo in the fence. Kinda neat. The whole mall is pretty empty that train that goes around and around can by annoying when you're eating at Ruby Tuesday!

                    1. re: manomin

                      they don't take away your chowhound membership card for eating at ruby tuesday's?

                      1. re: macsak

                        Ruby Tuesday tends to be one of the better of the "Family Food Chains"

                        And yes, I still call it Liberty House, call Don Quijote Holiday Mart, and wander around ala moana looking for JC Penny's and Sears.

                        1. re: macsak

                          Thanks K-Man for your support! Really, it is quite good. I can't eat caviar and drink Veuve everyday you know.

                          1. re: manomin

                            just be careful what you eat there . . . although it is tasty


                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                              You didn't offer the sangria information! :-)

          2. re: itryalot

            nearest marukai outlet is next to ward theater complex

          3. its about 99% certain that the marketplace is going. Yes, its sad but the marketplace has been on borrowed time for at least the last 20 if not the last 40 years.

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            1. re: KaimukiMan

              E, Kaimuki, Aloha Kaua:

              Yes, sad. This is somewhat hallowed ground. This was the site of Kamehameha IV's and Queen Emma's summer residence. From here they gave Hawai'i its Constitution of 1864 and Queen's Hospital in an attempt to save the people from extinction. We should remember this when it becomes just another heiau of capitalism. That banyan tree has witnessed much.

              My memories of IM as a small keiki--49 years ago--are still vibrant. The leis may have been paper, and the dance Tahitian, but I was enraptured. I can still taste the pineapple sliced at the end of the show! I have the IM to thank for opening many doors for me later in life.

              Mahalo a me e ho'omaha me ka maluhia, IM!


              1. re: kaleokahu

                Mahalo kumu,

                And those things need to be commemorated, somewhere somehow. If they are now, I don't know where in the marketplace one would find it. And even the hapa-haole cultural aspects of the marketplace from your own small-kid time are long gone. Almost all of them were gone when I moved here in the mid 70's. What I knew most about the marketplace is that it was the cheapest place in Waikiki to buy a gaudy beach towel, and the most reliable place in Waikiki to find buds, as in "Eh brah, like score some buds?" By the late 70's there was no live entertainment at the Marketplace, and even Farrells Ice Cream parlor was struggling to stay open.

                The marketplace tried to do a "Hawaii Hall of Fame" area, sort of a nod at cultural history that never really worked out, and was soon abandoned in favor of more carts. And that is what the marketplace is now. A collection of a few stores and dozens and dozens of so called portable carts mostly selling ersatz turquoise (not very hawaiian), "spinners" and other touristy knick knacks. Many of them the same stuff you find in Sausalito, Hollywood, DC, and dozens more places, although maybe different pictures are fused onto the plates, clocks, candles, whatever. Oh, you can find kukui and shell lei - made in the Phillipines or Thailand. But really nothing you can't find down the street at the nearest ABC discount.

                And to keep this on track for chowhound - yes there is a pretty decent food court featuring a variety of foods from around the Pacific and beyond. None of it is outstanding, most of it is pretty passable.

                Aloha Kaua,

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  Keeping it on Chow before reminiscing: The one place I will miss is Fatty's Chinese Kitchen which is sort of on the back side of the IMP, Kuhio end and Diamond Head side. Always decent and reasonable takeout or even better sit at the bar and order fresh from the menu.

                  I remember going to the beach in the 50's-early 60's at the Uluniu Beach Club where the Royal Hawn Tower now stands...we always took a picnic lunch, so don't remember eating anywhere. The neatest thing about the Intl Mkt Place was the tree house in the banyan tree where J. Akuhead Pupule did his famous morning drive-time radio show. Aku was briefly the highest-paid dj in the country...EVERYBODY listened to Aku. That was before satellite national news came...fond memories.