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Marukai Market, REAL a Gastropub closes at Ward Villages

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Clearing out Kaka'ako, to make room for a new gathering place. Two long-time businesses Marukai Market and REAL a Gastropub are closing their doors, Saturday night, so a new project can go in.

After 19 years, Marukai Market located along Auahi street held its final clearance sale and bid aloha to its customers, on Saturday.

"I came here today.. special.. for the last day," Yvette Takemoto said. "Just so sad that everything is changing here."

Right next door, REAL a Gastropub also prepped for its last night of business -- at least for now.

"We've had a great run for 5 years, but you know with change comes a renewal of everything," owner of REAL a gastropub, Troy Terorotua. said.

Terorotua says Saturday's closing doesn't mark the end for the gastropub, in early 2018 he plans to re-open in a new location at Keauhou Lane in Kakaako.

"We wanted to make sure that we had a new home, so it just doesn't get written into the history books.. so we continue on," Terorotua added.

The closing of both businesses at Ward Villages is to allow for construction of a new central plaza-- a public community-focused open space, which will host popular community events such as Kona Nui Nights.

"I know they're supposed to put a park king of in the middle starting at Ala Moana, and on up so I'm looking forward to what finally goes out there," Honolulu City Councilmember, Ann Kobayashi said.  

This is just one of the changes to the area. Fencing is already up around the former Ward Warehouse, which shut down at the end of July. Closing after more than four decades of business, the area where Ward Warehouse still stands will soon be torn down and turned into more luxury apartments adjacent to the new central plaza.  

Developer, Howard Hughes says construction for the "central plaza" is expected to begin by the end of this year.

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