The International Market Place, a Popular Oahu Attraction, Reopens After a Complete Overhaul

The new International Market Place bears little resemblance to the old Oahu Attraction, but it is sure to be just as popular.

Date: 
October 7, 2016

For nearly 6 decades, visitors to Oahu knew where to go to find inexpensive souvenirs and other offerings from local artisans and vendors: International Market Place. Opened in 1956, this 4.5-acre Oahu Attraction, the centerpiece of which was a 160-year-old Banyan tree, was one of the most popular on the Island, and both locals and visitors were disappointed when it closed in 2014 for an extensive renovation.

The Hawaii Attraction reopened in August, but past visitors may not even recognize the place now. Once a charming, open-air Oahu Attraction, the new International Market Place features 3 stories of high-end shops and dining. The $475 million renovation appealed to many retailers, and the very first Sake Fifth Avenue in Hawaii is among the new tenants.

Some of the other stores that you’ll find at this Hawaii Attractions are The Walking Co., Clarks, MAC Cosmetics, Christian Louboutin Shoes & Handbags, Kona Coffee Purveyors, Laline, Lani Beach by Mireille, Oliver Peoples, Michael Kors, Jo Malone, Vera Bradley, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Yogasmoga, L’Occitane En Provence, Anthropologie, Swarovski, Free People, Hanna Anderson, Trina Turk, BCBG Max Azria, Sugarfina, and Maui Divers Jewelry.

The Oahu Attraction boasts 375,000 square-feet of retail space, and nestled in among the high-end retailers are a few options for those looking for souvenirs of their stay on Oahu. Island Art & Sole and Sand People are a couple of the stores where you can still find souvenirs and Hawaii-centric art, décor, and other gifts at International Market Place. Part of the revenue from all sales is donated to support Island hospitals.

The new, upscale International Market Place also features 7 signature restaurants, 700-stall parking, valet parking, and nightly torch lighting and entertainment. It’s true that the old International Market Place that was so popular for nearly 60 years is gone, but the new version of this Hawaii Attraction has its own charms, and it is certainly worth a visit. Even for those who don’t want to shop for a new pair of Louboutins, a visit to this Oahu Attraction is still a great addition to your itinerary just to dine at spots like Eating House, Kona Grill, or Stripsteak. International Market Place also hosts special events, so check their website to see what events are taking place during your visit to the Island.

While the new International Market Place bears little resemble to the Oahu Attraction of the past, visitors will be happy to learn that one key feature of the old has been brought to the new: the iconic banyan tree. The developers went to great lengths to preserve the tree, and the entire court was planned around it. Stop by the tree when you visit this Hawaii Attraction and enjoy a glimpse of the past as you enjoy the modern take of this popular attraction.