If you asked for advice about which Honolulu Attractions you should see during a visit to Oahu, the International Market Place surely would have been on the list of suggestions. At least that is the case before it closed in 2014 for extensive renovations. This Attraction had been welcoming visitors since 1956, and it had a reputation for being the best place on the Island to find inexpensive souvenirs and locally-made crafts. After $475 million in renovations, the Attraction reopened in August, but it’s not the International Market Place of yesteryear.
Gone is the bustling open air market where you could find Hawaiian made tchotchkes and lovely mementos of your visit made by local artists. In its place is a modern, 3-story Oahu Shopping destination where you can find all manner of high-end goods and enjoy a meal in your choice of the 7 onsite restaurants. But don’t worry if you long for the old Market Place as one reminder remains: the old banyan tree.
The centerpiece of the old International Market Place was the 160-year-old banyan tree. The developers insisted that they wanted to incorporate the tree, and they did so in quite a stunning way. After taking careful (and costly!) steps to preserve the tree, the entire court was planned and built around it. It stands now as a beautiful reminder of the past.
Today, when you visit this Honolulu Attraction, you will find more than 375,000 square-feet of retail space. You will still be able to find locally-made souvenirs and artwork. Most of the square footage, however, is occupied by national high-end retailers. Some of the stores you’ll find at the International Market Place are Christian Louboutin, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burberry, and Herve Leger. Also in the mix are more mainstream retailers, such as Banana Republic and Anthropologie.
Because the old International Market Place was a sort of gathering place, the developers wanted to make sure that was case today as well. Daily events, such as Happy Hour and a nightly performance of Polynesian song and dance, help to ensure people will gather when in the mood for Shopping or not. Even those who aren’t interested in Shopping can still make a visit to enjoy the nightly entertainment or to dine in one of the onsite Restaurants such as Baku, Flour & Barley, Herringbone, Kona Grill, or Yauatcha.
The International Marketplace is one of the many Shopping venues you’ll find near our Oahu Hotel. This beautiful venue is sure to welcome millions of visitors over the years, just as the old version of this Honolulu did in the past. If you’re planning a stay at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach then add a stop to this fun spot to your list of can’t-miss Things to do on Oahu.