Market City Shopping Center is Hawaii’s oldest family-owned shopping center, bringing families together in Hawaii and serving the Kaimuki, Kapahulu and Moiliili communities.
In 1946, Market City, Ltd. was founded when families who had a dream to build a thriving business took a risk and pooled their life savings to purchase a 3.5-acre vegetable patch with a large monkey pod tree at the intersection of what are now Kapiolani Boulevard and Harding Avenue. In 1948, over a decade before Hawaii became a state, Market City Shopping Center opened as Hawaii’s first modern shopping center, home to Hawaii’s first Foodland Super Market and Wiki Wiki Burger.
Over the years, Market City Shopping Center has been home to a number of iconic merchants including wholesale and lumber retailer Timber Town, music store Jelly’s, and Blockbuster. Today, the historic monkey pod tree still stands at the approximately 87,000-square-foot shopping center. Market City Shopping Center features over 20 merchants including anchor tenants Foodland Super Market, Walgreens, and Ben Franklin Crafts; national retailer T-Mobile; award-winning restaurants such as Café Kaila, Gina’s Bar-B-Q, Formaggio Wine Bar and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue; island favorite eateries such as Nabeya Maido, Anytime Café and Sumo Ramen; and one-of-a-kind retailers such as Fujioka’s Wine Times.