Ka Makana Aliʻi Rallies During Coronavirus Crisis: Dine Happy Discounts, Upgrades, New Tenants

Dine Happy is a new restaurant discount program at Ka Makana Aliʻi. The program gives diners a break on prices at some of the Center’s most popular eateries.

“The Ka Makana Aliʻi marketing team came up with this to support our community and our tenants,” says Stephanie England, general manager of Ka Makana Aliʻi. “We had an overwhelming response — the eateries all want to do their part and participate to help the community.”

Dine Happy deals include:

  • Buy one, get one 50% off at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (details)
  • 15% off all online orders at Koa Pancake House (details)
  • 10% off any combo at Kickin Kajun (details)
  • Free Thai tea or coffee with purchase of two entrees at S&S Thai Kitchen (details)

There are many other deals on the Dine Happy page. To get the latest offers as soon as they come out, follow Ka Makana Aliʻi on Facebook and Instagram, join the Royal Insider email club, or join the mobile club by texting “DineHappy” to 444222.

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“We’re over 55% local businesses,” says England. “We truly believe in supporting local and the community around us believes in supporting local.”

Being Pono During the Coronavirus Crisis

Part of this commitment to the community includes helping to stop the spread of coronavirus. Cloth masks are “are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Ka Makana Aliʻi requires that masks be worn at all times.

England told me that earlier this summer, when retail stores were allowed to open, response to mask requirements and other regulations was very positive.

“Overwhelmingly we’re hearing from people that they want to support each other,” she says. “If that means wearing a mask, if that means waiting in line to get into Kickin Kajun or Foodland Farms, most people are willing to do what it takes to support the community.”

“At the heart of our culture is being respectful and being pono and that’s at the heart of who we are at Ka Makana Aliʻi too.”

New and Upcoming Additions to Ka Makana Aliʻi

The Center announced a new tenant earlier this month. Kumon Math and Reading Center opened on Wednesday, September 2 in the Macy’s wing of the Center, next to Tricked Out Accessories. Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program for children from preschool through high school.

Early next year, Wahiawā’s Taqueria el Ranchero plans to open a Ka Makana Aliʻi location. The opening could even come in 2020. “If they can open any sooner I know that they will,” England told me.

The location, which will be in the space formerly occupied by Limon Rotisserie, will be much bigger than the one in Wahiawā, allowing owner Hector Garcia Gomez to expand his offerings.

“They are excited to be a part of the community, and we are excited too,” says England. “They will bring a new dynamism to the Center.”

Improvements and Preparations For Reopening Retail

Ka Makana Aliʻi has stayed open throughout the coronavirus crisis, because of the essential businesses at the center: PetSmart, Hampton Inn, Medic 808, the cell phone stores, and others.

But with many other retailers shut down, Ka Makana Aliʻi management has taken the opportunity to work on center improvements like landscaping, replanting, and updating signage.

The retailers themselves have been restocking, and changing their layouts in anticipation of reopening. They’re hopeful, England says, that the regulations for retail stores will be announced well enough in advance for store owners to have time to make the necessary changes. “At least it’s being talked about,” she says. “That creates a little light at the end of the tunnel.”

For the latest info about where you can shop, Ka Makana Aliʻi maintains an updated list of store openings and hours.