A new shopping Center has opened on the South Shore of Kauai. Called the “Kukui’ula Village,“ this shopping and dining Center gets its influence from the island’s rich history and cultural heritage. The buildings are reminiscent of the sugarcane town of old Kauai and is near Koloa Town. The construction of the center was at the heart of a lot of controversy over the years but those issues have run their course and the new retail center has come to fruition.

The Kuku’iula has more than 87,400 square feet of retail space and is estimated to be providing 250 new jobs to the Hawaii Island residents. The feeling here is quite different than what you’d find in a mainland mall but there’s no shortage of sophisticated shopping and dining venues many of which have many of the amazing views of the ocean and mountains with lots of tropical landscaping.

Merchants now open include:

Bead Delicious – The place to make great jewelry, as well as buy it.
Bikini Planet – The hottest looks in Brazilian bikinis!
Bubba Burgers – Kaua`i’s favorite burger joint…their newest location!
Bungalow 9 – “Beachy elegance” in home décor, gifts and clothing.
Dude Dogs – Steamed hot dogs with an incredible selection of toppings.
Galerie 103 – A relevant contemporary & modern art gallery.
Galerie + – Collection of small works of art and books.
James Hoyle Gallery – Original artwork with an impressionist approach.
Lappert’s Ice Cream & Coffee – Hawaii’s best ice cream, gelato, coffee & bakery items.
Kukui`ula Sales & Information – Real estate opportunities available at Kukui`ula, Kaua`i’s first club community.
Merriman’s Downstairs Café – Chef Peter Merriman’s fresh casual dining.
Merriman’s Kaua`i – Chef Peter Merriman’s, farm to table, fine dining restaurant. Reservations recommended.
Ocean Opulent Jewelry – Fine island jewelry, as well as sterling silver jewelry & gifts.
Palm Palm – High-quality handbags, unique high-end jewelry and apparel.
Quiksilver/Roxy – The island’s best surf wear for adults & children.
Scott Hanft Photography – Kaua`i images, portrait studio and gifts.
Sunglass Hut – Designer, sporty and casual sunglasses for everyone!

In addition to the great dining and retail venues, many exciting events are also planned to take place throughout the year as well as entertainment twice s a week under the Lantern Tree from 5 to 7 PM and on Saturdays cultural and Hula performances from 11 AM to 2 PM.

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