The End of Waikiki's International Market Place

PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The start of this new year marked the end of an era in Honolulu.

By the time you read this the International Market Place, the last truly open green space for commerce in the heart of Waikiki, will be closed for good.

It will be replaced by a three-story Saks Fifth Avenue, which will be next door to Macy’s and attached to a planned shopping mall.

Yes, another shopping mall.

Is this what we need in Waikiki — another large department store that locals won’t visit and another mall that looks like some vacuous commercial corner of LA.

Let me put this another way: the International Market Place is closed, and I’m not happy about it.

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