Hawaii Welcomes H&M

Mar 27, 2014

Okay, it’s a bit off of the usual MLC path, but Paula and I had the pleasure of attending the private opening of H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) first store in Hawaii.  It’s located right at the corner of Kalakaua and Seaside.  I’m sure a lot of you remember the Waikiki Business Plaza koi mural landmark – because that’s how we knew where to turn left to get to the Waikiki 1 & 2 theaters.


Waikiki Business Plaza Koi


Well, the koi mural has been replaced with the grand entrance of the new Waikiki H&M store.



Waikiki H_M


Yes, the iconic koi mural is gone, but it doesn’t really matter because the theaters aren’t there anymore for us to get to.


Waikiki has been changing a lot lately.  Lots of new up-scale hotels and stores.  That’s why it’s refreshing to see H&M set it’s roots in Hawaii – and especially in Waikiki.  H&M prices are reasonable and their clothing rocks!  Even for us MLCers.  I had a chance to check out their goods at the H&M store in Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas.  That store is HUGE.  And loud.


Yes, the mainland – and in this case, international – stores are here in Hawaii.  And I say that if we’re going to bring in the mainland or international stores, let’s bring in the ones that we can afford to shop at.  Like H&M!


What mainland/international stores or eateries would you like to see come to Hawaii?


Here’s some photos from the event:






Mahalo to Shauna for hooking us up!

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55 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:38 am #

    Crate & Barrel

  2. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    FAO Schwartz

  3. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    I may not agree with their political and/or religious views, but Hobby Lobby.

  4. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    I don’t get why Oahu doesn’t have a Krispy Kreme. And while not mainland/international, how is the Minit Stop fried chicken? LOL.

  5. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:54 am #

    Olive Garden, since the proposed Kapolei location seems DOA.

  6. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    We could use an Applebee’s.

  7. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    In-n-Out Burgers! LOL.

  8. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:56 am #


  9. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    We need more KFC locations!

  10. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    CiCi’s Pizza.

  11. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    Trader Joe’s.

  12. Mark'75
    March 27th, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    Agree. Olive Garden and Trader Joe’s.

  13. M
    March 27th, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!

  14. M
    March 27th, 2014 at 6:18 am #


  15. kailua girl
    March 27th, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    TRADER JOE’S!!! Top shop and Anthropologie, oh and Chipotle. Yum! Life
    would be close to perfect here in Hawai’i!. 🙂

  16. KAN
    March 27th, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    4G: I have a personal grudge against Krispy Kreme – they screwed over the husband of one of my friends. I will never shop there again, and never eat one again. Back in the days when I could still eat wheat (and before my grudge), I liked their doughnuts when they were warm, but then again, almost all doughnuts are good when they’re warm.

  17. KAN
    March 27th, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    I have a selfish wish that Trader Joe’s never opens in Hawai`i because then my main source of omiyage would dry up.

  18. Gareth
    March 27th, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Trader Joe’s , definitely.

    And, it’s good that they opened H&M in Hawaii; about time they brought in stores that us locals can shop in. H&M will do much better than that snobby and expensive Saks 5th Avenue!

  19. Lowtone123
    March 27th, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    Trader Joe’s, Olive Garden, Joe’s Crab Shack, Red Robin (Yumm, sorry) & In N Out Burger. Sorry all about the food.

  20. M
    March 27th, 2014 at 7:17 am #


  21. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    @KAN – re: Krispy Kreme

    Oh – sorry about that! ‘Kay then – Dunkin’ Donuts! 😉

  22. M
    March 27th, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Fry’s Electronics

  23. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 8:31 am #


  24. Hbh
    March 27th, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    We have H&M where i live, but its small and i havent been in it yet. I will check it out.

  25. M
    March 27th, 2014 at 9:32 am #


  26. hemajang
    March 27th, 2014 at 10:51 am #


  27. Kage
    March 27th, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    M – you geek. 🙂 only kidding. I was going to say Fry’s….. LOL.
    I make it a point to go when I travel and there is a Fry’s Electronics in the area. I spend hours in that place.

  28. Kage
    March 27th, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    IKEA That is my other favorite place to shop. Wish one would open up here.

  29. M
    March 27th, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    @Kage, you got me with the IKEA…. 😆

  30. 4G
    March 27th, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I was going to say, “Fry’s”, too. When I went to look it up, Bing said, “See Best Buy . . .” LOL!

  31. Rodney
    March 27th, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    VF Factory Outlet

  32. 1oldfut
    March 27th, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    IKEA IKEA IKEA! Isn’t anyone tired of being held hostage by the high-priced furniture sellers here? We are not all so fortunate enough to afford the upscale offerings in them…

  33. Seawalker
    March 27th, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Your food pics look pretty good, @Rod. Must be a trend nowadays. Heard Ikea has a place to grind too. Gotta check it out next time there. Whatever happened to Lawson’s in Waikiki? Thought they were going to open a ton of stores and give ABC a run for their money. Right, go try messin’ with the local braddah kings in Waikiki. H & M sure has a prime corner spot.

  34. keoni
    March 27th, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    My one wish is that Wawa convenience stores would open here. But that is kinda hopeless, because they run everything from central supply warehouses in the Midlantic area. 🙁
    They have hot foods/soups/chili, etc. that they dish up when you order them and fresh hoagies and sandwiches which you can watch them make for you.
    They sure would give 7-11 a run for their money!

  35. Hbh
    March 27th, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Really guys you are not missing much. Just be happy with your uniqueness serious the grass isnt greener. We have ikea, factory outlets and everything above mentioned, i would trade it all for holiday mart, old ala moana, k.c drive in etc etc lol. Didnt mean to be a downer.

  36. Mark'75
    March 27th, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Gosh I miss Niketown!

  37. volleymom2
    March 27th, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    Olive Garden, Applebees, and Sonic!

  38. Mark Shelby
    March 27th, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    I can’t talk here……

    This saddens me.

    I remember all of the clanging Waikiki Pile Drivers of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

    Day and night! Bang Bang Bang!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the Massive build out!

    I remember when Waikiki was not tall!

    I remember when the Royal Hawaiian and the Moana were the tallest on Waikiki Beach.

    But thank you for sharing.

    ~Mark Shelby

  39. Mark Shelby
    March 28th, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    I wish I could edit my post’s…..so I would not have to make another: But I forgot to say……

    I do not want to see anything More Mainland in our Hawai’i Nei….!

    Ever Again!

  40. 4G
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    Chick-fil-A! LOL!

  41. 4G
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    White Castle

  42. dancingbear
    March 29th, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Togo’s, love their turkey and guacamole.

  43. kellyk
    March 29th, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Kohl’s, Marshalls, and for my bro-in-law the hunter – Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s.

  44. Rodney
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    @dancingbear – Welcome to the MLC blog and thanks for posting! Togo’s eh? I have to check that out!

  45. Rodney
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    @kellyk – We visited the Bass Pro Shop in Vegas. Whoa! Much, much more than just a store!

  46. Rodney
    March 29th, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    @Seawalker – The food pics were from the VIP party catered by Chai’s. They don’t sell food there unlike Ikea which has a full-blown cafeteria.

  47. Seawalker
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    How about Dick’s Sporting Goods? With a name like Dick’s, the jock straps must be a best seller. 😆

  48. Seawalker
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    See this on TV all the time. Jos. A. Bank — menswear.

  49. Seawalker
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    @Rod – Just like Soko Ga Shiritai, anything food captures my interest. Eh, time for a food topic to rev up the ol’ engine. LOL

    El Poco Rollo – think this is the place I saw in a commercial.

    Anybody tried the Mexico eatery on School St? That’s the old Ayala’s with all the parties sounds blasting every Friday and Saturdays back in the 70’s. Had Mexico’s bumbucha entree and ho, couldn’t eat for the next 24 hours.

  50. Seawalker
    March 29th, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    We need those eateries in Hawaii from those Japan department stores. Like the Takashimayas and Iseitans of Japan, it would add to the wonderful world of shopping for us guys.

  51. DIO
    March 31st, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    Rod: Togo’s is good. Only thing is, there’s none in Vegas, mostly all in California. http://www.togos.com

  52. 1oldfut
    March 31st, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Mexico restaurant is good! Parking is an issue though. It is a little difficult to get in and out of their little lot (which they seem to share). Expect to hunt for street parking….

  53. Seawalker
    March 31st, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    @1 oldfut – Cracking up over your handle… who’s not an oldie over here? LOL Had many recommendations to go eat at this place. So when had the opportunity, had to eat something ginormous to satisfy me-self. Old habits are hard to break. Was good, like you said. It’s just that I can’t eat as much like all the old-futs here. Would I go again? Yah, if the opportunity comes up again. Some people eat to live. Me? I live to eat… hehehe

  54. ankleBYTERS
    March 31st, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I’ll trade you a Trader Joe’s or IN-N-OUT for a Zippy’s…..

    March 31st, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Enjoyed everyone’s posts here ❗ 😀

    As long as I have Zippy’s and Denny’s….. I’m good ❗ 😀

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