KAPOLEI (KHNL)-- Members of the Kapolei community welcomed Target to the neighborhood in a land blessing and groundbreaking ceremony.
It marks a milestone for Target in Hawaii. Company officials broke ground on the first store in the islands at the future site of Kapolei Commons.
Brie Heath of the Target Corporation said "Our brand promise is expect more pay less, that's certainly going to translate over here to the islands."
The start of construction has been two years in the making.
The company took time to learn about the culture and community of Hawaii.
"We feel the aloha spirit works well with our culture inside of Target stores so it's a good fit, were excited," said Heath.
Michael Golojuch is on the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board. He said, "This shopping center is going to be a great boom to the area and to the people of Hawaii and were looking forward to it."
After a customary land blessing, Target VIPs, elected officials, and other dignitaries used O'O sticks or digging sticks to break ground.
Although it's just a patch of dirt right now, the Target is planning to be the anchor of the Kapolei Commons. Now other retail spaces are planned there including a Borders Bookstore, and as well as a Regal Cinema.
Kapolei Commons Development will provide great shopping for the people who live and work in this community.
"Target, Target yep, there great!" Golojuch said.