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Marukai Market, other warehouses to be demolished for Kakaako development

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An artist rendition shows the area as a hub for community activity. (Image: Ward Villages) An artist rendition shows the area as a hub for community activity. (Image: Ward Villages)
KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Some warehouses in Ward Village are coming down to make way for a new development.

One of the buildings scheduled for demolition is the current home of Marukai Market. That warehouse is one of several on the chopping block to make way for Ward Village's new Central Plaza. 

Developers say it will be the main gathering place for its master planned community.

"It's going to be a great open space. Events like our Farmer's Market that's very popular on Saturdays will move itself here," Todd Apo, Vice President of Community Development for Ward Village said. "All the activities we've been doing for the community will be moved into the Central Plaza.

Courtyard Cinema and Konanui Nights are two of the community events that will move to the new space.

Some longtime Marukai customers expressed disappointment at the news.

"It's sad," said Anna Filler. "There's a lot of people that come and shop here because they have the Japanese food, but they also have the local fresh groceries. That's why I come here, for fresh groceries."

The Ward Plaza building at the corner of Ward Avenue and Ala Moana Boulevard will also be demolished for future development. Apo said the aging building was becoming too costly to repair and maintain, and the site is slated for future development.

Businesses were given advance notice and are expected to be out by December. REAL, A Gastropub's general manager said the popular bar is actively looking for a new location.

This is the latest development planned for the area since developers announced the closure of the Ward Warehouse shopping center in February.  

That site will be demolished in August. 

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