By Marisa Yamane and Web Staff
August 24, 2016
The new International Market Place opened Thursday after a major renovation.
Its former version, a cluster of kiosks and small stores on Kalakaua Avenue, closed in 2013.
The new marketplace features dozens of restaurants and retailers, including Hawaii’s first Saks Fifth Avenue — though a key element of its legacy remains.
“The banyan tree was a huge effort, but absolutely worth it,” said Robert Taubman, president and CEO of developer Taubman Centers. “We actually mapped over 8 million data points of the tree in order to make sure that every root and every leaf of the tree was preserved, and preserved in the right way. We planned the entire court, in fact the entire shopping center, around that tree.”
Guests can also enjoy nightly torch-lighting and entertainment.
General manager Michael Fenley notes that the center offers more than 700 parking stalls, designed with kamaaina shoppers in mind… Read more here.