Transforming Oahu’s Urban Communities

The island of Oahu is the third-largest in the Hawaiian chain. Its name can be translated as the “gathering place,” which is fitting since the majority of Hawaii’s population resides there and it serves as the top cultural, financial, and tourist destination on the islands. Oahu’s capital, Honolulu​​, has been named one of America’s 50 Best Places to Live and among US cities ranks fourth for the tallest skyscrapers.
Mitsuwa Marketplace is an international shopping
center located in the heart of Waikiki.​

Ka Makana Ali’i welcomes local residents on
Oahu’s west side with more than 100 shops and

When Opportunity Knocks

For most of its existence, Oahu has relied heavily on Honolulu being the focal point of the island, particularly the city’s Waikiki district. Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this beachfront neighborhood is home to Oahu’s main hotel and resort area along with Kalakaua Avenue, where you’ll find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and other activities.

With all of the growth Oahu has already seen, especially at Waikiki, the highway system from the mauka (inner) to the makai (outer, or ocean facing) sides of the island has limited potential for increased roadways. A continuing influx of visitors each year and constant population growth has led to a desire among consumers and Oahu locals to stay closer to home, and developers are recognizing the need to think smaller, not larger. Nordic PCL Construction is helping answer the needs of locals, consumers, and developers alike by building defined, more intimate gathering places for families, tourists, and locals to come together to relax, unwind, and enjoy local food and entertainment.

Staying Local

In spring of 2017, Nordic PCL completed the Mitsuwa Marketplace, an international shopping center located in the heart of Waikiki. Mitsuwa is a Japanese-American chain that aims to “transport you to the heart of Japan” with food, décor, and atmosphere one would find in modern-day Japan. While visiting t​​he marketplace, something may catch one’s eye: families, couples, and friends relaxing, playing games, and enjoying the space while people-watching on Kuhio Road.

Ka Makana Ali’i, the new ground-up regional mall in west Oahu, is a welcome site to local residents. It features more than 100 shops and restaurants, a state-of-the-art Consolidated Theater, and a six-story hotel. Creating areas for locals to stay closer to home enables them to live, work, shop, and play in one location without the need to travel across the island.

Spaces like Mitsuwa Marketplace, with its musical acts and street-food-inspired restaurants, and Ka Makana Ali’I​​, with its farmers’ markets and center-court music stage, bring people together and allow the community of Waikiki and others alike to have the world at their fingertips. ​​​​​​


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