nostalgic food, local goods and everyone-is-family hospitality
Hukilau Marketplace, at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, is a vintage throwback to 1930’s Hawaii offering nostalgic food, local goods and everyone-is-family hospitality. The atmosphere of the Marketplace is perfectly unpretentious and embraces all the flavor (and a few unpolished flaws) of Old La’ie. Whether you stop in weekly or during an O‘ahu vacation, the Hukilau Marketplace takes you by the elbow, puts you at ease, and invites you learn about and be part of a community that’s been here nearly 100 years.
Indeed, the Marketplace is an up-and-coming destination for shopping, casual dining, and stretching your legs during a day of sightseeing on the North Shore. It includes an inviting array of proprietors:
- Pounder’s Restaurant
- Polynesian Bakery
- Roulotte Court
- The Confection Store
- Island Food Kiosks & Carts
- La’ie General Store
- Hapa Home Store
- Ukulele Experience
- And more
Encompassing 119,000 square feet and positioned just off Kamehameha Highway, Hukilau Marketplace sets adjacent to the Center’s Pacific Theater, site of the award-winning Ha: Breath of Life evening show. Admission and parking for the Hukilau Marketplace is free for both visitors and residents and is open longer than typical PCC hours, 11:00am – 4:30pm, Monday through Saturday.
The diversity of shops and dining establishments, plus daily, live performances of music and dance, will appeal to both visitors and residents and make a daytrip along the North Shore’s windward side even more enjoyable. Notably, the Hukilau name is a tribute to Laie’s fascinating heritage and longstanding legacy of cultivating the people and culture of Polynesia. In fact, the hukilau was the inspiration for creating the Polynesian Cultural Center, which opened in 1963.