LIHU‘E — The Kukui Grove Monday Market has moved.
Westy Kessler of Sugar Mill Cupcakes was excited about being at the Monday Market for the first time, and that excitement overflowed into the new location of the weekly market.
Kukui Grove personnel at the Monday Market site said the move was done two weeks ago because of some planned construction in the area where the market formerly occupied.
The new site is located along Pikake Road at the intersection leading to the Big Kmart store and Payless Shoes.
“This is a better location for everyone,” one of the security personnel said. “There is more wind which helps keep everyone cooler. Vendors are also situated around a loop which allows for shoppers to meander and browse with more leisure.”
He added that when it gets too hot, there are shade trees to enjoy some of the snack offerings from the vendors as well.
The only drawback to the new location is the smaller parking spaces, some of which are reserved for the handicapped, the guard said while instructing a park vendor who was unaware of the change.
“She was in the Philippines when the announcement was made,” the guard said. “But at least she found us.”
For Kessler, just the excitement of being at the Monday Market was enough.
“We try to get to as many places as we can,” she said. “This is our first time here and we’re hoping everything goes well.”
Sugar Mill Cupcakes was set up adjacent to Masa’s Shave Ice which now is located inside the market instead of being on the outside of the line of vendors in the previous location. The Right Slice is set up on the other side of the shave ice wagon allowing shoppers a choice of either pie or cakes to go with their cool treat.
Joy Hirota saw the excitement as she was passing on Pikake Road, stopping to treat her visitors from Tokyo, Japan to some shave ice, a great way to beat the summer heat.
“This is better,” she said. “You can see it from the road.”
This is the third move for the Kukui Grove Monday Market whose first location was outside the mall near La Bamba’s Restaurant.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.