Hawaii Vacation News: January 7, 2014


– We bid a fond farewell to Waikiki’s International Market Place. This iconic outdoor shopping center closed on January 1 for redevelopment. Watch the following Hawaii News Now video segment on the closing. (Email subscribers: click here to watch this embedded video. Please note that the video may take a few seconds to load.)

– It’s freezing again in Hawaii. Well, not really freezing, but Winter is certainly making its mark on the islands, with current nighttime lows dipping into the 60’s. After waking to single digits this morning from our North Carolina base, we dream of those lovely warm lows in the 60’s.

– Were you a fan of the hit television series LOST? If so, you may want to make plans to attend the LOST 2014 fan gathering on Oahu in September. (Via John from About’s Hawaii channel.)  If you can’t make the festival, check out our article on finding LOST filming locations.

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  1. How very sad the international market place has closed, what a wonderful icon now lost. Upon my visit to Hawaii from Australia, I found myself going back many times shopping here. It truly will be missed, along with the wonderful atmosphere of this place and the beautiful people that I came across on these market stalls. I hope something just as inviting is put in its place and all these lovely people find other employment.

    • You are so right about the International Marketplace! What a treasure lost. It was a favorite place of mine as well.

  2. Every three years I purchased clothes and jewelry there. I will sure miss it. Now where to go??

  3. Was happy to be there every three years, I purchased clothes, shoes and jewelry there. It will be missed. Where do we go now ???

  4. Oh no… I will surely miss International Marketplace. So unfortunate that they will be closing for good.

  5. We are also sad to see the International Market Place go. It was such a unique market under the trees.

    We hope that the vendors and employees can quickly find new locations.

  6. I have just read about the International Market Place closing. My husband and I were married on Oahu in 1998 and have returned to Oahu 7 times since, everytime we have visited the market place to buy our t-shirts and souvenirs, what a terrible shame for everyone to see the demise of such an iconic place. sad news indeed.

  7. What a lost… Are they really closing? or just temporary closing for something bigger in the months to come.

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