There's just one week left before the new International Market Place is scheduled to open, and construction is happening day and night to meet that deadline.
Construction crews are working around the clock to meet the August 25th opening deadline of the International Market Place in Waikiki. A lot of it is finishing touches, especially on the side of the marketplace that faces Kalakaua Avenue and much of the interior of the anchor tenant, Saks Fifth Avenue. But there's still much work to do, with just seven days left before opening.
While there is some noise involved, workers and visitors were more concerned about the late-night traffic problems.
“They cone off the lanes and there's lane closures, and then it's like, oh, the bus is going to take a couple minutes longer to get to work,” said Israel Chavez, who works in Waikiki.
Marcus Caudill, who’s visiting from Kentucky, said the traffic hasn’t really affected him too much.
“The traffic, again, where they're doing the work, traffic become a little backed up into this area, but once you're here it's good,” Caudill said.
The original International Market Place was a landmark in Waikiki for more than half a century. And while the new one is a far cry from the original, one thing is remaining the same: The iconic Banyan Tree is still within all the construction that has gone up around it.