Kaua‘i Target opens early in Lihu‘e

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Shoppers and motorists make their way to the entrance of the Target store, Wednesday when the retailer opened its “soft opening, unadvertised” in the Kukui Marketplace.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    A shopper stops for a photo of the Target mascot greeting shoppers, Wednesday during the store’s “soft opening, unadvertised” at the Kukui Marketplace.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Solomon Kanoho flashes a shaka of happiness, Wednesday following his shopping tour of the Target store at the Kukui Marketplace.

LIHU‘E — Solomon Kanoho flashed a big grin and shaka of approval Wednesday morning as he wheeled a cartload of shopping out of the Target store located in the Kukui Marketplace, adjacent to the Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

“This is all Sue Kanoho,” Solomon said. “She found out about it Tuesday afternoon; you know, the coconut wireless.”

A floor supervisor at Target said the store had a “soft opening, unadvertised,” Wednesday, following a Tuesday evening event where the store was privately blessed before opening to employees and friends.

“The big grand opening is Sunday,” the supervisor said.

The newest Target, its eighth in Hawai‘i since 2009, will be open seven days a week. Store hours from Monday through Saturday are open at 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday hours are from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

“I’m so excited to share with you that Target’s new Lihu‘e Kaua‘i store is now open — bringing an easy, safe, and convenient shopping experience to the local community — with an official grand opening on Sunday,” a Target spokesperson said.

Occupying a footprint of approximately 122,000 square feet, the retailer offers apparel and accessories for the entire family, including the Aloha Shop that features swimwear and beach accessories, year-round.

A staff of approximately 170 members also care for sections offering home decor and essentials, assorted health, personal care, and beauty products, groceries, including fresh produce, grab-and-go items, snacks and meal solutions, an adult beverage assortment, a CVS pharmacy, and a Starbucks.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

3 Comments
  1. Makaala October 21, 2021 5:59 am Reply

    I’m happy to see they employ 170 workers. Good for Kauai, however not impressed with the store. The prices aren’t that great and selection isn’t that good. Kauai needs a Walmart, Costco and Home Depot. Not sure it needs a Target?


  2. Susan Johnson October 21, 2021 3:50 pm Reply

    A lot of us are really happy to have a Target on the island. Been waiting for a long time!


  3. CJ October 23, 2021 3:01 pm Reply

    I was so excited that a Target was coming to Kauai! The prices are good and they carry so many of my favorite groceries and cleaning stuff. Huge skincare dept too, huge kids clothing and toys, but almost none of the furniture from the mainland. I was especially looking forward to seeing some of the designer stuff from Studio McGee and Magnolia — it’s so hard to find more modern home furnishing stuff on the island. Come on, Target, get us the good stuff!


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