August 29: Hawaii Files Photo of the Day
Not too long ago this place was quite popular, though somewhat pricey, with a lot of vendors selling food and other goods. Shirokiya was once a department store of sorts specializing in products from Japan. They were an original tenant of Ala Moana Center and had previously occupied space on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the mall level near Macy’s/former Liberty House.
Japan Village Walk was in operation from 2016 to March 2020. Government mandated closures due to COVID-19 forced Shirokiya to go out of business.
The place was out of operation from March 2020 onward. Most of the time up to this month, the lights were on and the tables and chairs stacked up as shown.
Ala Moana Center would probably like everyone to quickly forget businesses that are closed. They pretty much wallpaper up those commercial spaces and hope to get replacement tenants soon.