Project Name

International Market Place

Client

The Taubman Company

Location

Kaluaokau, Waikīkī, Oʻahu

Year

2017

Services

Architecture

Master Planning

Environmental Graphics

Cultural Consulting

Experience the revitalized International Market Place, celebrate the history of the land and its people (the Rebirth of Kaluaokau) and perpetuate the legacy of the queen in the gathering place of Waikīkī. The memory of Kaluaokau is captured in natural, architectural, and graphic elements. There are also many design elements to honor Queen Emma, whose history is tied to the land. Etchings of the Queen’s song can be seen in the glass elevators, her favorite water lilies are floating in the pond and there below is a healing garden, representing the Queen’s desire to care for the Hawaiian people. Unbeknownst to many visitors who have walked through its pathways over the years, the International Market Place’s land owner is the Queen Emma Land Company, and revenue from it goes to the Queen’s Medical Center—a nonprofit acute care medical facility, founded by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV in 1859. International Market Place includes approximately 75 retailers, 7 restaurants, and the island’s first full-line Saks Fifth Avenue. Designed to subtly celebrate the rich history of the site, it will offer a Hawaiian sense of place that honors Queen Emma’s legacy while adding vitality and appeal to Waikīkī for tourists and residents alike.