Concept Art of Ku'ano Marketplace
Ku¯‘ono Marketplace will be anchored by Foodland Farms and Hawai‘i Pacifi c Health, and will include retailers, services and a community gathering area. - Illustration: Courtesy Kamehamhea Schools

Kamehameha Schools is revitalizing a fixture of Kāhala retail. Commonly referred to as Kāhala Marketplace, the site will be fully redeveloped and renamed: Kūʻono Marketplace at Kāhala. It will be anchored by Hawaiʻi’s largest grocery retailer – Foodland with its newest Foodland Farms store and one of Hawaiʻi’s largest health care system – Hawaiʻi Pacific Health.

Projected to open in Spring 2020, Kūʻono Marketplace at Kāhala will begin construction in September. When complete, the Marketplace will become an improved 40,000 square feet retail center with an enhanced tenant mixture of retail, services, and community gathering area.

Kū‘ono Marketplace at Kāhala tenants include:

  • Anchor: Foodland Farms
  • Anchor: Hawaiʻi Pacific Health
  • Dry Bar
  • Kāhala Nail & Lash
  • Shell Gas Station
  • Daiichi Ramen
  • Wholesale Unlimited
  • Great Clips
  • Primary Properties and more to come

“We are thrilled to partner with Kamehameha Schools on this exciting new project to serve Kāhala and the neighboring communities,” said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO. “As a local company, we are committed to opening a store that will make residents proud, a store that will celebrate the tastes and flavors we love here in Hawaiʻi through fresh, innovative food offerings. Our hope is that Foodland Farms Kahala will be a place where friends and neighbors gather to enjoy food, family, friends and aloha,” continued Wall.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Kamehameha Schools on the new Kū‘ono Marketplace,” said Raymond P. Vara, president and CEO of Hawaiʻi Pacific Health. “We have a strong commitment to offering convenience to our valued patients and that means providing high quality care wherever and whenever they need it. That’s what makes this expansion of our physical presence on Oʻahu so significant for us and the surrounding East Oʻahu community. It’s all part of our mission to create a healthier Hawaiʻi.”

The parking lot will also be expanded to roughly 150 more stalls to help improve traffic flow and to ensure safety of the community.

Kamehameha Schools will invest $11 million into this project and the financial returns will be used to impact education in early childhood learning, K-12 classrooms, college and career readiness and community programs. Kamehameha Schools’ envisions a thriving lāhui.

“Kūono Marketplace at Kāhala will incorporate Hawaiian culture, a sense of place to create a prospering community,” said Sharon Gi, Kamehameha Schools senior planning development manager.

Overall the 3.16-acre project is estimated to provide 518 jobs – 302 permanent jobs and 216 used for construction. This project will redevelop a portion of underutilized properties and transform it into a desirable neighborhood retail center with tenants that fit the active and healthy lifestyle of the community.