PCC Adding More Shops To Its Mix

Five years of renovations will end in January when Polynesian Cultural Center opens its Hukilau Marketplace, a new collection of restaurants and shops that will evoke old Laie.

The 119,000-square-foot marketplace, located in front of PCC near the highway and the Pacific Theater, will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. While still part of PCC, it will have its own separate entrance and exit, and admission to PCC won’t be required to visit its shops.

Future food vendors include Pounder’s Restaurant, with island-inspired dining and a stage for live entertainment; Polynesian Bakery, with treats like panipopo and malasadas; Roulotte Court, with Tahitian “street eats”; Confection Store, with candies and other chocolate-covered sweets; plus kiosks and carts loaded with hot dogs, haupia custard, crepes and more.

Laie General Store will sell specialty goods, souvenirs and practical items, while Hapa Home Store will stock furnishings and lifestyle products. PCC also is negotiating to bring in an ukulele shop, Hawaiian jeweler and sports vendor to the complex. An official website will open closer to its completion date.

For more information, call 293-3333.