Major Waikiki Projects Sit on Kalakaua Avenue

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Several major projects are happening on the main strip of Waikiki, right on Kalakaua Avenue.

The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is undergoing an $84 million renovation. Owner Kamehameha Schools wants to make it a place to shop, eat and learn about the Hawaiian culture.

"To bring people back here, locals, Hawaiians, have them enjoy this place just as visitors do," said Kehau Abad, former cultural specialist.

When complete, it'll feature 110 shops and 10 anchor restaurants.

"In addition to the Cheesecake Factory, we'll be adding Senor Frogs as well as PF Changs, Loraku Sushi," said Bob Oda, senior project manager.

Kamehameha Schools wants to make it more inviting, by creating easier access to the hotels and the beach.

"Well the whole idea was to deal with the existing building, it's very fortress like and not very inviting, I think the whole idea was to open it up," said Oda.

This 28-year-old facility will also be a gathering place where people can learn about the Hawaiian culture. The Royal Grove that sits in the middle will feature entertainment.

Just across the street is another project that opened earlier this year. It's the Center of Waikiki, a smaller facility that replaces the old Waikiki Theatre.

"We decided to reflect some of the architectural details and some of the history into this building so it can reflect that from our predecessor," said Scott Brazwell, vice president for Robertson Properties.

Both projects are trying to become their own destination.