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Refresh Waikiki but don't ruin it


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2014

~~<p>Old-timers are more right than they know in lamenting the International Market Place's closure, in the heart of Waikiki, as the end of an era. One of the very last remnants of another time in our Honolulu, the IMP had withstood a quarter-century of shutdown threats but finally succumbed last week &mdash; the first step toward creation of a new high-luxe epicenter in Waikiki. It's a transformation that will churn the hotel industry, labor markets and state economy and, for better or worse, raise ever higher the bar for premium living and hospitality in Hawaii.</p>
<p>At the IMP, change will be dramatic. The 56-year-old open-air, kitschy shopping bazaar will be replaced by an upscale, glitzy entertainment and retail complex anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Three stories high on Kalakaua Avenue and seven stories on Kuhio Avenue, the concrete canyon effect threatens.</p>
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Old-timers are more right than they know in lamenting the International Market Place's closure, in the heart of Waikiki, as the end of an era. One of the very last remnants of another time in our Honolulu, the IMP had withstood a quarter-century of shutdown threats but finally succumbed last week — the first step toward creation of a new high-luxe epicenter in Waikiki. It's a transformation that will churn the hotel industry, labor markets and state economy and, for better or worse, raise ever higher the bar for premium living and hospitality in Hawaii.

At the IMP, change will be dramatic. The 56-year-old open-air, kitschy shopping bazaar will be replaced by an upscale, glitzy entertainment and retail complex anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Three stories high on Kalakaua Avenue and seven stories on Kuhio Avenue, the concrete canyon effect threatens. Login for more...



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