Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Change of Place (Sponsored)

Tour Royal Hawaiian Center's newly renovated hot spots

Royal Hawaiian Center

We are addicted to home renovation shows. When we see two weary homeowners going from room to room gasping in amazement at the shiny, new fixtures and designer-caliber decor, we can't help but feel a little giddy ourselves.

And also crazy jealous we don't live there.

Thank goodness we don't have that problem at Royal Hawaiian Center. Okay, so we can't actually live in the three-block shopping, dining and entertainment complex, but playing there? Totally fair game. And after five months of renovations, there's a lot to play in!


Above: A woman peruses the historic photo gallery inside Helumoa Hale. Top: Main stage and sidewalk views of the newly renovated Royal Grove. Photos: Royal Hawaiian Center.


Our first reveal: Royal Grove, which is now even more of an oasis from the bustle of Kalakaua Ave. Note how the stone walkway transforms seamlessly into a wooden bridge, guiding you over a lush, new water feature filled with lily pads and taro plants. Peruse the native Hawaiian plants and cultural signs that tell the story of Ka‘auhelemoa, a supernatural rooster, or Oahu's ruling chiefs. Then, have a seat. Chances are you'll enjoy any number of live performances offered on the new main stage (now lit from above and below for dramatic effect) from nightly live music by Kawaika Trask or Sean Na‘auao to semi-monthly concerts by the Royal Hawaiian Band. [View the full schedule here.]

Now, pick your jaw off the floor and make your way to our next reveal: Helumoa Hale, a state-of-the-art building dedicated to guest services and cultural education. Stop in for a film screening on the legend and heritage of Helumoa or take in a lecture on contemporary Hawaiian culture. Don't have a lot of time? Simply browse the gorgeous collection of historic photos as you take a quick breather from your shopping marathon.

Or, as we call it in home renovation show terms: a commercial break.

Royal Hawaiian Center is located at 2201 Kalakaua Ave. Get one hour of free parking with validation ($10 minimum purchase required), then pay just $1 per hour for the next three hours. For more information, visit

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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