In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Pearlridge Center unveils newly-renovated downtown area ‘Wai Makai’

Sponsored by Pearlridge Center

Pearlridge Center is celebrating the grand opening of Wai Makai, its newly-renovated Downtown location. Starting Friday, February 8, there will be a weekend full of events, including live entertainment and activities for guests of all ages.

Wai Makai is home to a number of new shops, restaurants, and amenities for shoppers to explore. Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill, Dunkin’ Donuts, and H&T Burgers are now open, while Gen Korean BBQ will open in the coming months. Korean skincare giant Tony Moly, INspiration Interiors, Thinker Things and ICING also opened in late 2018 as part of the renovation.

The center is saying farewell to the names “Downtown” and “Uptown” and is welcoming new names to better connect the lifestyle center with its historical connection to the ahupua’a of Kalauao. Wai Makai, formerly Downtown, evokes images of the area’s harbor and shore and is a neighborhood that is inspired by the area’s extensive freshwater spring system, which supports the landmark Sumida watercress farm. Mauka, formerly Uptown, celebrates Kalauao’s agricultural history and natural upland features including wind, rain and sunlight.

The multi-million-dollar renovation included a significant remodeling project with a redesigned dining space, new interior and exterior finishes throughout and updated entranceways. Interior finishes in the Wai Makai third-level dining area were also updated with new seating and the area expanded to create a peaceful overlook down to the second level.

Grand Opening Schedule:

Friday, February 8, 2019:
11AM: Blessing Ceremony
12PM: Lion Dance
12:15PM: Hula Performance
1-3PM: Robert Cazimero Performance
2-5PM: Eat, Shop, Explore

Saturday, February 9, 2019:
8AM: Farmer’s Market at Moka
9AM: Silver Zumba
10AM: Live Hawaiian Music
10:30AM: Face painting
11AM: Chinese Calligraphy
2PM: Hula Performance
5PM: Classic Car Show

Sunday February 10, 2019:
9AM: Silver Zumba
10:15AM: Mommy & Me Hula
11AM: Chinese Calligraphy, Lion Dance, Miss Chinatown Appearance, Face painting, Live Hawaiian Music
11:30AM: KidX Bestie Bash, Balloon Creations

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