Lost In Translation: From ‘Aloha’ To ‘Saks Fifth Avenue’

The old, left, and the new International Market Place (Photo credit: civilbeat.com)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles, Honolulu Bureau) – Hawaii residents and visitors have very poignant memories of the old International Market Place in the heart of Waikiki.

For a few bucks, one can purchase locally-made puka shells, inexpensive ukeleles, aloha shirts, beach mats and many more.

But gone are the days of the old market.  Enter the new International Market Place.

The banyan tree and some unearthed Hawaiian burial sites have been preserved, but everything else is new, including a modern English translation of the word, “Aloha.”

White the old market greeted visitors with a warm “Aloha” sign and message, the new market chose to replace it with an English translation: Saks Fifth Avenue.

Enough said.


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