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Polynesian Cultural Center Opens First Phase of Hukilau Marketplace

Grand Opening scheduled for February 20


Laie, Hawaii – January 5, 2015 – On Oahu’s North Shore, the first phase of the Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center featuring two anchor retail stores – Laie General Store and Hapa Home Store – is now open to the public.


Hukilau Marketplace is currently open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Beginning Jan. 20th, the Marketplace hours will expand to 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free.


The remaining phases of the Marketplace, including more than 40 retail, dining and activity providers, many with longstanding ties to Laie and the North Shore, will be open by February 20 for the Grand Opening celebration.


“Hukilau Marketplace is bringing together in one location goods, activities, and special foods associated with the heritage of Laie, the North Shore and Polynesia,” said Eric Workman, executive vice president of the Polynesian Cultural Center. “It’s exciting to see this new, fun, family-friendly gathering place come to life and give residents and visitors another reason to enjoy the North Shore.


The Laie General Store pays homage to the legacies of three beloved neighborhood businesses, Goo’s Plantation Store, Laie Credit & Carry, and Laie Curios. The décor and memorabilia are reminiscent of Laie’s plantation era when these family-run community stores were formed, including an exact working replica of the old jukebox that sat in front of Goo’s Store for many years.


Laie General Store offers Hawaii and Polynesian style souvenirs and gifts, and convenience items. Hapa Home Store features island-inspired home furnishings and lifestyle products.


“Laie is a very special place and the Hukilau Marketplace is a fun way for everyone to come experience the roots of this community,” Workman added.
As an example, signature outlets opening in the coming weeks at the Marketplace includes Pounders Restaurant, a full-service restaurant offering local-style entrees for lunch and dinner that is named after the popular Laie beach, Jaseboards a North Shore based skateboard company, and Nona’s Tropical Threads, offering island fashions for men, women and children that is named after Nona Warner, the PCC’s recently retired seamstress.


For more information about the Hukilau Marketplace, please visit HukilauMarketplace.com. For more information about the Polynesian Cultural Center, visit Polynesia.com or call toll-free at (800) 367-7060. On Oahu, call (808) 293-3333.


About the Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world and a favorite of all visitors to Hawaii. An engaging, interactive celebration showcasing the people, culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia, the PCC has entertained more than 37 million visitors from around the world since opening in 1963. A non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue goes to daily operations and to support the education of its student-employees from neighboring Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

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