WAIKIKI, Hawaii -- A nine-store, upscale retail shopping complex
featuring the likes of Tiffany & Co. and Gucci is nearing
completion here, with a soft opening set for November.
The grand opening for the 100,000-square-foot, $140 million
project developed by the Honu Group is set for Dec. 6, according to
company president Tom Applegate.
The eight separate buildings, located on the 2100 block of
Kalakaua Ave. at the entrance to Waikiki, all will house "flagship
stores, so it's not like tiny stores catering to accessories," said
Applegate. "They will all have full selections of their lines of
For example, the Tiffany store will have 12,000 square feet of
space; the Gucci store will have 18,500 square feet. Other stores
include Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, JP Tod's and Boucheron.
The fact that all these "major, global flagship stores" have
chosen to open in Waikiki says something about the destination,
"First of all, it's a vote of confidence and second, it shows
the success of this kind of market in Waikiki," he said.