Pearlridge Center celebrated the renovation of its Downtown complex on Friday, Feb. 8 with an official grand opening. Kahu Bruce Keaulani and Kahu Winston Kalina Lum, Sr., whose families have lived in the Pearlridge area for generations officiated the opening ceremonies.
Local artists Colleen Kimura and Harinani Orme, were commissioned to create 11 original paintings for the renovated Downtown Pearlridge. Those paintings were then translated into three-dimensional wood carvings on panels on four anchor pillars in the Center Court area, as well as into ceramic and glass tiles for display. These large-scale paintings – up to five feet tall by 16 feet wide – were inspired by Kalauao and use imagery from the area, including the harbor, mountains, fishponds and the sea.
Pearlridge Center also officially said farewell to the names Downtown and Uptown, which have been used for more than 20 years to identify different areas of the property. New area names were unveiled as part of the process to better connect the lifestyle center with the historical ahupuaa of Kalauao.
Pearlridge Center is the largest enclosed shopping center in Hawaii.