KAPOLEI, Hawaii (Island News) – Kapolei will welcome Ho’omaka Marketplace along with tenants such as HELE Gas, 7-Eleven, Longs Drugs, and a full-size Chick-fil-A.

Kicking off in December, Ho’omaka Marketplace is set to celebrate its grand opening on its 1,200-square-foot homestead in the prime junction of Kapolei and Kualakai Parkways.

The retail shopping center aims to economically uplift Native Hawaiians and all ground lease proceeds will benefit the Kapolei Community Development Corporation (KCDC), a non-profit organization dedicated to the Kapolei Homestead Community’s prosperity.

The grand opening will be staggered with the schedules as follows:

HELE Gas and 7-Eleven: Dec. 2

• Longs Drugs: Dec. 10

• Chick-fil-A: Date is TBD in December

“The opening of Ho’omaka Marketplace marks a pivotal moment in our journey towards self-sustainability. This center isn’t just about shopping; it’s a symbol of our commitment to enriching the lives of our community members. With the support of these proceeds, we’re poised to enhance facilities, broaden educational opportunities, bolster emergency services, and create meaningful employment for Native Hawaiian families,” stated KCDC Executive Director, Chantal Keliihoomalu.

The development of the homestead business location is a collaborative effort that involved KZ Companies, LLC, KCDC, and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, with Architects Hawaii Limited, Wilson Okamoto, and Coffman Engineers that led the design. The general contractor for the project was Allied Builders and the First Hawaiian Bank provided the financing.