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KAPOLEI COMMONS:
Kapolei’s Premier Gathering Place

First-in-line customer Walter Woods celebrating with UH Dance Team members. | Photo: Courtesy of Becker Communications

Statistics are painting a bright picture for Kapolei. More people are living west of Aloha Stadium than ever before, and Kapolei is the fastest growing region on Oahu. That trend is expected to increase 64 percent over the next 20 years.

“As local companies committed to Hawaii, we recognized Kapolei’s growth potential many years ago,” said Jeff Dinsmore, executive vice president of development and asset management for The MacNaughton Group. “We opened Kapolei Commons with our partners, the Kobayashi Group and Craig Realty, in 2009 with the goal of offering a premier gathering place with a diverse mix of services and shopping, dining and entertainment options for both local residents and visitors staying at Ko Olina Resort. We think we’re accomplishing that.”

Dunkin’ Donuts and Sleep Number recently joined an impressive tenant roster that includes Target, Aloha Salads, Down to Earth Organic Foods, Petco, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx, Inspiration Furniture West, Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi, Ruby Tuesday, La Tour Café and GyuKaku. Ulta Beauty—offering a salon, cosmetics, fragrances and skin- and hair-care products—is under construction and will open a 10,000-square-foot space in the fourth quarter of this year.

Regal Kapolei Commons 12 has been a magnet for movie buffs. Anchoring the mall’s entertainment arena, the theater complex occupies 56,000 square feet. It boasts state-of-the-art sound systems with wall-to-wall screens, high-resolution digital cinema projection systems and nearly 1,300 fully reclining seats. Among the exclusive menu items are gourmet hot dogs, kalua pork and lemongrass chicken pizzas and hamburgers topped with chili, pineapple and bacon.

To date, Kapolei Commons has completed 440,000 square feet of its projected build-out of 600,000 square feet. Dinsmore is confident Kapolei’s strong growth in residential, commercial, industrial and hospitality development will continue, and that the mall will be at the center of that.

“We’ve provided hundreds of jobs for west-side residents through construction and retail development,” he said. “By creating jobs, we are truly bringing the dream of the second city to life.”

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