Aloha Tower Marketplace
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The Aloha Tower Marketplace is a waterfront shopping center in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Located at the Honolulu Harbor, the Aloha Tower Marketplace features several declared national historic landmarks including the Aloha Tower, Falls of Clyde and Hawaiʻi Maritime Center. Aloha Tower Marketplace was completed in 1994 as part of a Honolulu Harbor commercial revitalization project. It now features about 10 stores and popular restaurants and facilities for conventions.
The architecture of the building creates a welcoming feel. There are benches & tables located in each wing. Some stores feature interesting details, such as sandy floors. A good view of a section of the Honolulu Harbor can be had from riding the elevator to the top of the tower.
The Marketplace has never been profitable, has been bankrupt and litigation between the management entity and the land-owner, state controlled Aloha Tower Development Corporation has occurred. Isolation from other tourist areas, lack of parking and mismanagement have been cited as reasons for the operating revenue losses.
The museum at the Falls of Clyde focused on historic sailing as well as Polynesian sailing customs. Occasionally, outrigger canoes were at the Hawaii Maritime Center as well. The museum closed May 1, 2009 due to lack of revenue, there are currently no plans to reopen the facility.
Hawaii Pacific University plans to modify the shopping center into a mixed use facility with retail, restaurant and meeting spaces as well as second-floor HPU student-housing lofts. The redevelopment, which began in 2012 has been complicated by disputes between development entities, permitting issues and staff-reductions. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Dining and entertainment
There are several restaurants. Live local entertainment is usually available, almost any night of the year. Major yearly events occur at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Various events include fireworks displays on the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve, ʻukulele contests, and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The Great Aloha Run bypasses the Aloha Tower Marketplace.
- Lyn Danninger (16 January 2002). "Aloha Tower Files for Bankruptcy". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
- Rosemarie Bernardo (11 April 2009). "Bishop Museum cuts staff, hours: A reduction in hours is a first for the Hawaii institution". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
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