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FIXING UP OUR OLD FRIEND

Photos by Kathy Boast
www.kathyboast.com


THIS JUST IN....

We know "The International Marketplace" in Waikiki will be refurbished, we just don't know when....
We'll be visiting this historic shopping Mecca in
April, 2011 and will see if we can learn a bit more.
We did learn that the Miramar Hotel. located on this property. was recently given a 2-year extension
on their their renovation. 
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When we visited for the Hawaii Music Awards,
(March, 2010)
we saw evidence of these changes.  Shops closed, others preparing to move (sometime...they don't know when), a few no longer ordering "stuff."  One shop owner said,
"We're just selling off what they have in-stock."

The actual date for all the work to begin has not been announced, but here's a peek at an early rendering of what we THINK the International Marketplace
might become.  If so, it will be a
very nice addition to Waikiki.
International Marketplace

<click to enlarge>

Other signs of change.... 
Coconut Willie's, (bar on second floor)
a marketplace landmark has closed.
The posted sign says...UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE..so??

Kathy Boast took these photos as she was shooting
a new video piece for ALOHA JOE TV's
Hawaii After Dark Series - available 24/7 on-demand.
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Hula & Music


Nice evening!


The New food court!


Shopping deals are everywhere!

The hula show is a
night-time event at the
International Marketplace!
Drop by next trip!


Great prices..if you know how to shop


One of Kathy's NEW photos
see more


The Treehouse Cafe


The International Marketplace - April, 2009
Aloha Joe's favorite shopping mecca!


The 2nd Floor has lots of new shops

Many visitors!

Up in the trees

Stores are stocked

Many treasures

Where are the buyers?

A nice place to visit

The NEW Food Court
The International Marketplace MIGHT
be raised in the next few years...
Making way for???

7 T-Shirts for $19.99
 

Aloha Joe's friends
booth 18 (in the rear)

Lots of products!

The Tree House Cafe

2nd Floor - Great Food, Coffee &

FREE WI-FI!!


<Aloha Joe takes a walk around the Marketplace!>



Well, there she is...The International Marketplace
a Waikiki tradition for as long as just about anybody can remember.
We've been following the expansion and re-building since 2006 (scroll down)
(10/08)
The NEWS is that they MIGHT be re-constructing the ENTIRE marketplace in 2011.
If they bulldoze it and start over...things will NEVER BE THE SAME in WAIKIKI.

Kathy Boast Shots Late 2008


When it's 7 or 8 shirts for $20
That means that there's
not many shoppers!
<Just like March '06>


Java Flow (2nd Floor)
Might be re-named??


T-Shirt


Lot's of T-shirts


Marketplace Flowers


Not many buyers!

 

Kathy Boast dropped by the Marketplace 10/20/07


A bit of construction still..
but better!


Java Flow
LOOKING GOOD!!!

Kathy's shots from September 07


The marketplace
Still under construction...
Watch your step!


The food court
is OPEN!!!

Waikiki, March, 2007
We visited the Marketplace EVERYDAY as we were broadcasting from JAVA FLOW.  It's a wonderful coffee-house found on the newly-remodeled 2nd floor.  Drop by for some coffee and if you have your LAPTOP, you can check your email as JAVA FLOW offers "free wi-fi."  The Marketplace is shaping up nicely and should be 100% complete very soon!  Aloha Joe
(photos by Kathy Boast)

Aloha Joe with Danny Couch
JAVA FLOW @
International Marketplace

Audience for "LIVE" shows

Aloha Joe & Danny Couch

 


Take a look at our interviews and join us in March '08.

 


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Kathy Boast returned to Waikiki 9/06
Here are some NEW shots of the Makretplace!!


The Marketplace
Is on a clean-up
Mission!!


One main pathway!


Another FIXED area!


Francine of Booth #46

Inside Booth #46
NEW LOOK
They now specialize in jewelry!!!
MENTION ALOHA JOE

Original booth #46


Fixing up for better shopping!!!


I think the Marketplace looks GREAT!!!


 

6/06  Honolulu, Hawaii
THE MARKETPLACE is being "fixed up!"
Our favorite shopping spot is being spruced up!
That's the word from Honolulu...

UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE

While on location, we visited many of our friends who own shops and they were told that the property would be staying AS-IS!!!!
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Looks like our favorite shopping Mecca
has been spared ....and will be there for a long time to come.

Honolulu has been getting the biggest soaking we've ever seen, but the Marketplace isn't leaking as they just finished doing roofing!

They have a NEW leasing company with signs
everywhere...so, if you want space in the Marketplace, give them a call!!!

These signs are posted everywhere!!

I must have walked through this property at least 1000 times,
maybe more.  The Marketplace is the shortcut I use it to get from
Kuhio Ave. to Kalakaua Ave.
AND on every trip, I find a bargain or three.
This is Aloha Joe's personal SHOPPING PARADISE

Looking around my home & office, I find tons of T-Shirts,
Aloha Shirts, Wind Chimes, Luggage, Slippers, Glass Pineapples,
my Money Clip and carry-on bags.  Each trip, I visit our friends at
"Booth 46" Aloha Motion Jewelry and I have to have something!!
 My new boarding bag (fits over my shoulders)
AND a luggage straps (Bright Red Hibiscus design) came from #46.....
See, I always find something.

Francine @ Booth 46 - The Roof is fixed!!!  (see above)
They are DRY and staying put!
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Booth #46 - Ukuleles!!
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Everywhere you look there's a treasure.
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The really unusual thing is that almost everybody
is selling the EXACT SAME THING!!!

Jewelry & Beads

Jewelry & Beads


How about some $1 bracelets?


Because of the recent rains the Banyan trees are more
beautiful than ever!!!!!!


Remember
Don The Beachcombers?


Look up...there's
More..


Great bargains!!


The Banyan trees seen from above.
As you can see, this is a VERY BIG AREA!


There are still many pearl vendors!

Just down Kalakaua avenue,(
(where the movie theatres used to be)
,
there is some construction and we're told there
will be over 40 KIOSKS.
I asked around and found out that empty stalls are being rented....so, my favorite shopping haunt continues!
 


Fabric shop is moving


Just look around..
You'll find "stuff"


Duke's Alley is closed for now!

 



Here are a few shots of the food court.
There's lots of activity
every day!!

 

"Coconut Willies"
Still the HOT NIGHT SPOT
in the Marketplace

Don't forget to take a few snaps on
your next trip
 

 

For some, the International Market Place has never been truly INTERNATIONAL or a REAL MARKETPLACE.
  But it was for me. 
Years ago, Duke's was there featuring none other than the Don Ho Show.  The IMP was the location of
Don The Beachcomber's
too.

With the Koa wood tables, the fishnets overhead; each sporting a large colorful glass ball.  The lighting was subdued and the Mai-Tai's were strong! A favorite drink was a rum punch served in a real pineapple shell (with the top & inside removed).  FANTASTIC...

Martin Denny's group played at the Marketplace. 
(Those were the days, huh?)

The international aspects are best seen in the "HAGGLE." 
One booth will be selling brightly-colored
Ukuleles for one price...
and the stall just across the path has them for
a dollar maybe 2 dollars  less...
How can you NOT buy a purple ukulele??


Bargains are everywhere!

Aloha Joe's travel barometer. 
Here's how I always knew what the current visitor numbers were (are).  I would visit the IMP and look at the
T-Shirt vendors.

If they were selling shirts 5 for $20,
there were lots of visitors. 
If they were selling 8 shirts for $20, tourism was down.  I never needed an expensive survey, just check the shirt-sellers.
(3/06) Shirts selling @ 8 & 10 for $20....


Mahalo for visiting the International Market Place....
Lots of bargains still await!!!!!
<Special Mahalo to Kathy Boast...great shots...>
visit www.kathyboast.com


 

 
 

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