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Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center

When it’s completed, the new Hukilau Marketplace is tentatively slated to include:

  • Pounder’s Restaurant: A full-service restaurant offering island-inspired entrées for lunch and dinner (and eventually breakfast, at which time it will open mornings). The name comes from the nearby popular body surfing site, Pounder’s Beach.
  • Polynesian Bakery: Offering traditional Polynesian baked favorites, such as New Zealand-style meat pies, Samoan panipopo, Portuguese malasadas, etc.
  • Roulotte Court: Providing a Tahiti-inspired “street eats” experience, with plates of steak, chicken, fish and barbecue plates served from food trucks.
  • Confection Store: Offering chocolate-dipped treats, cookies, and candies.
  • Food/retail kiosks and carts: Spread throughout the marketplace, these kiosks and carts will provide various offerings, such as  specialty hot dogs, crepes, frozen custard (such as lilikoi and haupia), baked goods, as well as Polynesian handicrafts, local artwork, community t-shirts and headwear, etc.

  • Laie General Store: Offering souvenirs, gifts, and handy items of convenience.

  • Hapa Home Store: Offering specialty home furnishings and lifestyle products.
  • Free entertainment: This open stage area located in front of Pounder’s Restaurant will present guests with live performances of music and dance on an ongoing basis.

  • In addition, PCC is contracting with local vendors to provide the following: high-end Hawaiian jewelry, 
sports/outdoor activities — including ocean sports and bicycle sales, rentals, etc; specialty burgers,
ice cream,
lunch wagon,
shrimp truck, shave ice, etc.



Hukilau Marketplace Marketing Concept

A conceptual rendering inside the Polynesian Cultural Center’s new
Hukilau Marketplace construction project.

Hukilau Marketplace

A recent extreme wide-angle picture of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s new Hukilau Marketplace construction project.  (Aerial photos by PCC Lead Volunteer Jack Baxter)




“The Hukilau Marketplace is a huge undertaking for the Polynesian Cultural Center and a first for us, as people will be able to come and experience a piece of Polynesia’s culture without having to pay admission,” said Alfred Grace, President & CEO of the Polynesian Cultural Center. “We’ve put a lot of research, planning and thought into offering foods, products and a quality of experience reminiscent of the sights and tastes of old Laie, making a day-trip to the North Shore even more worthwhile.”

Grace explained the marketplace’s mix of features is designed to appeal to both visitors and kamaaina; and that the name is a tribute to the Laie Hukilau tourist experience, which ran from 1948–71 and is historically cited as one of the inspirations for the Polynesian Cultural Center.

“Our new Hukilau Marketplace builds on the heritage and longstanding legacy of cultivating the people and culture of Polynesia in our community,” Grace continued. “Everything about the marketplace will be true to our community, and will offer many specialty foods and goods that aren’t readily available elsewhere on Oahu.”





Guests help pull in the fishing nets during a 1966 Hukilau

                                                                            . . . where the hukilau nets are swishing, down in old Laie Bay.                                                                               

Hukilau 1966


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