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Sunday, July 5, 2015

HUKILAU MARKETPLACE AT THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER

HUKILAU MARKETPLACE
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
55-370 KAMEHAMEHA HWY
LAIE, HI  96762
800-367-7060
HOURS:  Monday thru Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
                 Closed Sunday

The North Shore of Oahu is spectacular and worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.  The drive along the coast is one of my favorites.  Really reminds me that we do live in paradise.  

The most popular attraction on Oahu is the Polynesian Cultural Center and they have added a new feature that surely should increase traffic and attendance.  The Hukilau Marketplace is free and there is plenty of parking right in front of the entrance.  You can visit here for lunch, dinner and shopping and then hit the Cultural Center or the beach.  We opted for the beach after lunch at the Marketplace.  I liked the Hukilau Marketplace and hope more people visit here.  There are  plenty of dining options from a Hot Dog Cart to sit down dining at a restaurant called Pounders.  We enjoyed an outdoor BBQ Plate Lunch for $8 and some Watermelon for $4.  One thing you will notice at the Hukilau Marketplace is the Aloha Spirit.  The place is staffed with dozens of student volunteers from BYU Hawaii.  The University is located next to the Marketplace and the students are here in abundance to greet you and give you directions.  You will hear "Aloha" more times here than anywhere else on the Island.  The students are always smiling and asking you where you are from.  They really do a great job making you feel welcome and they go out of their way to make sure you are having a great experience.  Really refreshing to see this kind of hospitality all through the Marketplace.  If you are a football fan, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is located next to the Marketplace.  This is a very small but quality museum dedicated to football players of Polynesian ancestry.  Names like Marcus Mariota, Junior Seau and Russ Francis are enshrined here and it is a must visit for kids and adults who follow Hawaii football.

LOVE THE DRIVE TO OAHU'S NORTH SHORE
HUKILAU MARKETPLACE AT THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER - PLENTY OF FREE PARKING
ENTER INTO A LITTLE SLICE OF POLYNESIA
VISIT THE MARKETPLACE AND THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
FOLLOW THE SIGNS TO FOOD AND FUN.  DOZENS OF STUDENT VOLUNTEERS WILL ALSO
GREET AND ASSIST YOU WHILE ENJOYING THE MARKETPLACE
PLANTATION STORE
GRAB A COFFEE, ICE CREAM OR FRESH JUICE SMOOTHIE
POI BOY HOT DOGS 
SEVERAL CLOTHING STORES

CASUAL SHOPPING IN CLEAN AND HAPPY ENVIRONMENT
SOME PRETTY COOL GIFT SHOPS
COOL AND UNIQUE GIFTS
A LITTLE BIT OF PARADISE TO TAKE HOME
SHAVE ICE 
JEWELRY AND HOME STORE
SURFING SANTA FOR SALE
HAWAIIAN STYLE
BAGUETTE SHACK
BBQ PLATE LUNCH
BBQ CHICKEN PLATES AND WATERMELON
HOW CAN YOU NOT HAVE WATERMELON ON A 85 DEGREE HAWAII DAY
CHICKEN IS GRILLED AND VERY TASTY
BBQ CHICKEN WITH TWO SCOOPS RICE AND MACARONI SALAD
A LITTLE WATERMELON
FINISHED OUR VISIT AT TUTU'S SWEET SHOP
CUTE LITTLE CHOCOLATE SHOP
TUTU'S SWEET SHOP AT HUKILAU MARKETPLACE
CHINAMAN'S HAT IS A LOCAL FAVORITE
CHOCOLATE COVERED PINEAPPLE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES
BUBBIES MOCHI ICE CREAM WAS A MUST FOR MY DAUGHTER

CHOCOLATE MOCHI ICE CREAM 
POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME LOCATED HERE TOO
TRIBUTES TO FOOTBALL GREATS FROM THE ISLANDS OF POLYNESIA
Click link below for post on The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
http://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2015/07/polynesian-football-hall-of-fame.html

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