If you travel to Hawaii, no doubt your family members and friends will be expecting some kind of souvenir. Instead of spending all your money for gifts, you can hit the International Market Place in Waikiki to get all your gifts in one place. Unlike most stores in Honolulu, you can bargain with the kiosk owners. Most of the little stalls are run by business owners from abroad and are eager to please.
The International Market Place is a 4.5 acre banyan-tree-shaded property situated in the heart of Waikiki. It is an open-air bazaar which has been a Waikikiattraction for several decades. Since the opening in 1957, there have been no major renovations.
It's history as a market place began on January 16, 1955 when entrepreneur Donn "Don the Beachcomber" Beach announced that a new "Waikiki village" was to be created.
Property developers in Honolulu have coveted the Market place's central location, wishing to make more upscale restaurants and shops, with a entertainment pavilion and storytelling center. But so far, it stays pretty much the same as it has always been.
The Landowner is the Queen Emma Foundation. Rumor has it that Queen Emma Land signed an agreement with Taubman Centers. Taubman owns and operates high-end malls across the country including Beverly Center in Los Angeles, the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey and Fair Oaks Mall in Virginia. Don't expect changes any time soon since redeveloping the entire area will take jumping over and through a lot of red tape.