Marukai Market Place at Ward used to be a regular stop for me on my drive home. However I never renewed my annual membership since a few years ago, as Don Quijote a few blocks inland at Kaheha had pretty much everything I needed as far as local and asian groceries, plus a whole lot more, all under one roof.
Well, time to put them back on the shopping trip list, as since April 1, 2015, the Marukai Market Place at Ward is now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED! And this is a permanent policy, not for a limited time only offer. Meaning now anyone can go in the Ward store to shop and get all the savings that Marukai members enjoy at their warehouse club store on Kamehameha Highway, at the end of Dillingham Boulevard, the larger of only two Marukai stores on Oahu, as well as in Hawaii (Marukai has locations in California).
Which to note, you still need a Marukai membership card to shop at the Kam Hwy. location in order to get the lower membership prices. Membership for the Dillingham warehouse club is $15 per year, and can be issued to two people in the same household.
Another couple facts worth noting is that Marukai was recently acquired by Don Quijote back 2013, when they purchased 100% of Marukai’s stocks, however Marukai’s operations for the most part haven’t change since the buyout. Also, Howard Hughes Corporation, who now owns Ward Farmers Market property that Marukai Market Place at Ward sits on, has plans to eventually redevelop the entire Victoria Ward area of Kaka’ako. However there’s no word as of yet when they plan to raze it, thus, so far it’s business as usual at Ward Marukai.
Now with no membership required at the Ward location, this is great news if you happen be at Ala Moana beach park, or driving down Ala Moana Boulevard on your into Waikiki, and are looking for a convenient market with great selection and prices to stop by and grab some grindz and supplies for the beach or your hotel room.
Marukai Market Place at Ward is right there along the way, and easily within just a few minutes walking distance of Ala Moana Beach Park. And they really are a great full-service supermarket, including fresh produce, meat, fish and dairy, plus a mixed bag of American and mostly Japanese imported groceries, all at competitive prices with all the other supermarkets, including the big boxes.
Following is a pictorial walkthrough around Marukai Market Place at Ward that I took yesterday afternoon on my way home from work. Enjoy.
Wrapping this up in further detail of what to expect shopping at Marukai Market Place at Ward, it’s mostly Japanese imported food products and housewares, mixed with American pantry essentials.
Meaning, you’ll still find your regular staple stuff like milk, bread, eggs, cheese and canned goods. While you’ll also find 1001 different types of pickles Japanese vegetables, soy-based sauces and preserved fish, to name a few!
This really is for those who cook Japanese “hardcore”, as I sometimes like to pretend I know how to do. lol
Korean, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Filipino ingredients can be found here, however there’s not nearly as much as their big sister store over at Don Quijote, where it’s much more the “Jack of all trades”, east-meets-west retail giant of Hawaii. And I’d say, arguably the best. I LOVE DQ!
For Marukai Market Place’ current WEEKLY ADS, please visit MarukaiHawaii.com. Then stop on by their very unique and impressive Ward Farmers Market location, now open to the public, no membership required. Check it out!
MARUKAI MARKET PLACE at Ward
(formerly known as Ward Farmers Market)
1020 Auahi Street (right next to Ward Theaters)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Tel. (808) 593-9888
Monday – Saturday
8am to 9:30pm
8am to 8pm