Hawaiʻi’s Finest Store + Concert Venue Opens Sat. 11/2 At Ka Makana Aliʻi

It’s not unusual for department stores to have restaurants and salons as well as racks of clothes. But what’s opening at Ka Makana Aliʻi is new: A retail store plus a concert venue.

Hawaiʻi’s Finest, the Hawaiian-culture-themed apparel company, is pioneering this new concept. And you’ll get to see it in action on its very first day. The Saturday, November 2nd grand opening will feature some stellar local acts.

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The celebration will begin with a 4pm blessing. The rest of the night will be devoted to merch reveals, fashion shows, giveaways, and performances.

The 11,600 square-foot Hawaiʻi’s Finest is on the Macy’s end of the mall. The space was formerly occupied by the national clothing chain Lindbergh. The retail store will take up 4,000 square feet of space, leaving 7,600 square feet for the concert venue.

“It’s going to be amazing,” owner Paulele Alcon says. “We want to be the hub of our culture, our music, and our people.”

In addition to concerts, Hawaiʻi’s Finest will also host luau-style events with music and hula or Tahitian dancing. The brand is also looking to open up its space for workshops in hula, Tahitian, lei making, poi pounding, ukulele, and other Polynesian cultural practices.

Hawaiʻi’s Finest has already announced their next concert: J Boog will perform Fri., Dec. 6, and Sat., Dec. 7.

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Get ticket info here.

This is the third Hawaiʻi’s Finest location; the brand’s other stores are in Honolulu and on Molokaʻi.

The new store and concerts will bring some much-needed foot traffic to the Macy’s end of the mall. Hopefully the nearby Pineapple Pavilion can come alive as an outdoor pre-concert gathering space.

Steps away, Moani Island Bistro & Bar had a successful run of live shows over the summer. They recently announced a November concert series that they say will include “some of the best entertainment in the industry.”

In just the past few months, Ka Makana Aliʻi has become Kapolei’s live music epicenter. Get out and show your support if you can — the more people who attend, the more live shows and artists will come.