Alexander & Baldwin and AHL took top honors at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Global Awards North America for Lau Hala Shops in Kailua. The North America Design & Development Gold Award recognized the adaptive reuse of the mid-century modern department store that was built for Liberty House in 1953 and later rebranded Macy’s until its 2016 closure. The large, enclosed building was transformed into an open-air lifestyle center that played a prominent role in the revitalization of Kailua town with its vibrant mix of local and regional retailers, eateries and services.
“We are pleased to share this prestigious award with AHL for the transformation of this iconic building into a gathering place suited for the Kailua community,” said A&B EVP, Chief Real Estate Office Lance Parker. “A&B is grateful for the community’s input during the design process and for how residents are embracing the Center.”