‘Fun’struction at Kukui Grove Center

LIHUE — Wade Lord, general manager of the Kukui Grove Center, is getting excited.

“Oh-h-h, noodles,” Lord said while working with his summer intern Tuesday afternoon. “Everyone loves noodles!”

Aloha Ramen is set to open in mid-July at Kukui Grove Center.

Elsewhere at the mall, renovation work is under way at Genki Sushi and the Fun Factory.

“Aloha Ramen will be an exciting addition to our family of food court tenants,” Lord said.

Located in the former Sweet Pia’s site between L&L and Ho’s Kitchen, the take-out restaurant will feature a variety of menu items including different types of ramen, gyoza and a selection of katsu dishes.

“Ramen has always been a popular Japanese cuisine and we’re excited to bring this food concept to Kauai residents,” Lord said.

Work on Aloha Ramen is being done by Homestead Construction who just completed work for Pyramid Insurance which will celebrate its grand opening at the Kauai Bakery entrance in a few weeks, said Stacie Chiba-Miguel, Kukui Grove Center real estate manager.

Chiba-Miguel said Fun Factory plans to continue operating while the expansion construction is taking place.

The Fun Fctory will nearly double in size when the expansion is completed by the fall, and will double the number of games and attractions.

“The improvements of these local favorites will enrich our customers’ overall dining and entertainment experiences and will attract new national tenants to Kukui Grove’s retail roster to providing consumers with more choices,” Lord said.

Genki Sushi will feature more customer seating and upgraded equipment.

“They need to do this renovation work to keep up with the times,” said Antoinette Jaramillo of Lihue. “I’m glad Kukui Grove is refreshing the mall.”

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