KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The growing second city of Kapolei welcomed its newest neighbor today. Walmart opened its fifth store on Oahu this morning with a traditional Hawaiian blessing along with remarks by the mayor and local lawmakers.
"Kapolei is bustling with growth, commerce and opportunity," Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said. "We're very pleased to welcome Walmart and hundreds of new jobs to the neighborhood."
Excited shoppers couldn't wait to check out the new 24 hour, 155-thousand square foot store which is now home to more than 300 workers, many who live in the surrounding Kapolei, Ewa and Leeward coast communities.
The new store is located on Makakilo Drive and Farrington Highway.
Walmart also has one location on Kauai, one on Maui and two on the Big Island. Sam's Clubs, which is part of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has two locations on Oahu.
"Walmart's Kapolei store not only brings much needed jobs for our island economy during these challenging economic times, but also has supported 200 construction jobs in the process," president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Jim Tollefson said. "We're pleased to welcome their ninth store in the islands."