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Manono Marketplace Ready for Business

August 14, 2012, 12:57 PM HST
* Updated August 14, 4:08 PM
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Major construction is now complete on Hilo’s newest shopping center.

Located on the corner of Manono and Kekuanaoa streets (across from Big Island Candies), the two-acre Manono Marketplace will initially house seven new businesses.

The developer, GHC LLC has indicated that their intent is to fill the over 20,000-square-foot development with local tenants.

Miyo’s Restaurant, Natural Beauty Spa & Massage, and Native Hawaiian Gear will all be relocating their businesses to the Manono street complex, and Waimea-based Hawaiian Style Café will open their second Big Island location there later this year.

Miyo’s Restaurant will vacate their current Waiakea location, moving operations to Manono Marketplace in early October. Photo by Nate Gaddis.

Louis Parole, manager of Miyo’s Restaurant, told Big Island Now that an early October opening was planned for their new location. Miyo’s, which is vacating the aging Waiakea Village shopping center, will increase the size of their dining room to 98 seats from their current 70-seat capacity. Parole also indicated Miyo’s would expand their menu offerings, stating, “We’ll be adding on a Ramen shop within the restaurant.”

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Several other establishments will be opening their doors for the first time. Shave ice and crack seed vendor Lani’s Island Snack Shack will sell local treats, and longtime sushi chef Mitsuru Igarashi will put his skills on display at Takenoko Sushi. Hilina1i Bookkeeping and Payroll Services will also be opening their first office location at the new site.

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A GHC spokesperson told Big Island Now that the developers are still seeking eight to ten more tenants to fill the shopping complex. Among the spaces still available is a corner unit with frontage facing Manono street, next to Atebara Chip Company.

A broad range of businesses will be considered for the remaining spaces, from retailers and restaurants to professional offices. Interested parties should contact the property manager, Ginoza Realty at (808) 969-1471.

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