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Kailua’s Lau Hala Shops fully occupied, landlord says

  • JAMM AQUINO / 2018
                                The Lau Hala Shops complex in Kailua was converted into 10 leasable spaces to replace a former Macy’s store.

    JAMM AQUINO / 2018

    The Lau Hala Shops complex in Kailua was converted into 10 leasable spaces to replace a former Macy’s store.

Property owner Alexander & Baldwin announced today that Lau Hala Shops, a new retail center at the former location of Macy’s in Kailua is now at full occupancy with the opening of its newest tenant.

Uproll Cafe, an eatery offering coffee, sushi burritos, and customized protein bowls, opened in a space fronting Kailua Road on Friday; the location is its third, in addition to storefronts in Kakaako and at Pearl Highlands Center.

Lau Hala Shops at 573 Kailua Road was redeveloped out of a former Macy’s department store and opened in late 2018 with three initial tenants: UFC Gym, Maui Brewing Company and Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Goen Dining + Bar.

Other tenants that have since opened at the center include an expanded Down to Earth, D’Vine Kailua Wine Bar, Kailua Xchng, Crazy Shirts and Waxing the City.

A&B said the redevelopment of the former Macy’s building reflects its commitment to sustainability, with energy-efficient lighting, native landscaping, electric vehicle charging stations, solar-powered trash compacting bins and paintings by Kailua Artist Leanna Wolff using plastic debris collected from local beaches.

At Foodland Marketplace, HI Steaks and Taqueria El Gallo Rosa, a Mexican eatery that takes the space formerly occupied by Prima, recently opened their doors. On Hekili Street, Blue Bubble Creamery, featuring rolled ice cream desserts, also opened recently, taking the space formerly occupied by Ba-Le Sandwich Shop.

The Mother Bake Shop, a French patisserie, is expected to open some time this month.

A&B, which owns the majority of retail properties in Kailua, is still evaluating its options, including discussions with other bowling alley operators, for the Pali Lanes building.

Operators of Pali Lanes said they will be on a month-to-month lease starting in February 2020, and that they have had to cut back hours following contract cancellations by two major bowling leagues.

“We are continuing to look for ways to preserve the Pali Lanes building and explore alternatives that may keep bowling in Kailua,” said A&B spokesman Darren Pai in an email.

“A&B has given Pali Lanes significant rent concessions over the past two years. Despite repeated requests, Pali Lanes has not yet provided us with a business plan, which is a standard part of lease discussions with any tenant. We have also solicited interest from other bowling operators in an effort to find a viable future for bowling in Kailua. We told Pali Lanes they may continue on a month-to-month basis after their lease expires while we work through this process.”

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