PCC’s Hukilau Marketplace To Open In ’15

Five years of renovations end January 2015 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, which will be located in front of PCC near Kamehameha Highway and Pacific Theater, will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. While still part of PCC, Hukilau Marketplace will have its own separate entrance and exit, and admission to PCC is not required to visit its shops.

Future food vendors include Pounder’s Restaurant, with island-inspired dining; Polynesian Bakery, with treats such as pani popo 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.

Specialty goods vendors include Laie General Store, which will offer souvenirs and practical items; and Hapa Home Store, which will sell furnishings and lifestyle products. PCC also is negotiating to bring in a ukulele shop, a Hawaiian jeweler and a sports vendor to the complex.

There also will be an open stage in front of Pounder’s Restaurant, where regular live music and dance are expected.

An official website will open closer to its completion date. For more information, call 293-3333.