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Weeknight Waikiki parade draws big crowd, traffic

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow)- A Wednesday night parade went through Waikiki, drawing crowds who applauded the marchers, along with a lot of post-rush hour traffic.

The cars and buses snaked back on Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue, funneled onto Kuhio Avenue. Many motorists didn't even know why they were stuck.

"We've been in there, like, 15, 20 minutes," said one woman on Kalakaua Avenue.

"Too long," said her passenger.

"It's a little wild, man," said another driver, on Ala Moana. 

"It's a lot of traffic," said his passenger.

It was a workday traffic jam for the "Salute to Youth" parade, sponsored since 1979 by Coastline Travel of California, which sells tour packages to the high school bands who come from the mainland to participate.

It's good for the hotels.

Outrigger Enterprises Group Drives 86% More Mobile Bookings with Website Optimized by Mobify

Outrigger Enterprises Group Drives 86% More Mobile Bookings with Website Optimized by Mobify

Customers ready to book their next stay in paradise will find decision-making and booking easier than ever by using the new Outrigger Hotels and Resorts smartphone-optimized website powered by Mobify. The mobile website provides up-to-date property information, packages and special offers for 35 Outrigger properties across Asia-Pacific, Oceania and the Indian Ocean, and allows Outrigger’s mobile customers, who represent nearly 30 percent of total website viewers, the ability to make hotel reservations with ease.

 

Crumbling concrete on walkway poses danger to Waikiki beachgoers

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow)- Waikiki is known for its sun, sand and surf. But crumbling concrete along a walkway of famed Kuhio Beach has some local residents concerned.

The walkway is the one behind the statue of Prince Kuhio, and divides the two enclosed swimming areas at Kuhio Beach, which draws thousands of visitors every day.

Makiki resident Joe Wong and his wife, Terri, come here two or three times a week. Wong pointed out areas where the concrete has been crumbling. He said the problem has gotten a lot worse in the past few weeks. Recently, part of the concrete broke off when he stepped on it.

"The main concern here is the rebar," he said. "Because if you get a cut on that, you're pretty much done for."

Wong pointed to a spot where a lot of rusty reinforcing bars were exposed. HNN spotted a sharp piece, which came right off when pulled.

"That could do some damage," said Wong of the four-inch-long piece.

Avalon development co. Purchases industrial park in Kapolei; 17 fee-simple lots to go on sale

Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, Will Offer Much-Needed Industrial Space on Oahu

HONOLULU – Avalon Development Company LLC announced that it has closed on the purchase of the long-awaited Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, and that 17 fee-simple industrial properties will be available for presale by this summer.

“The Kapolei Business Park, Phase 2, is a 54-acre subdivision that will be developed adjacent to the existing Kapolei Business Park, Phase 1, on Kalaeloa Boulevard,” said Christine Camp, Avalon president and CEO. “This is a rare opportunity for businesses to purchase fee-simple industrial property on Oahu.”

There has been intense demand for industrial space for the past few years, according to Guy Kidder, vice president of Colliers International, real estate broker for both the Avalon purchase and the future sale of lots to individual businesses.

Group aims to build Waikiki condominium hotel

HONOLULU (AP) - A local development partnership has pledged more than $1 million in community spending in exchange for the city's permission to build a condominium hotel tower exceeding Waikiki's height and density requirements.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the proposed project would raze the King's Village retail complex and neighboring apartments to make way for a 256-unit condominium hotel.

The partnership involves BlackSand Capital, Kobayashi Group and The MacNaughton Group. They'll be asking the City Council to allow the project even though it exceeds the height limit, setback restrictions and density limits for Waikiki.

To make it more attractive, the developers have agreed to spend $500,000 on Waikiki beach replenishment, $200,000 to help Waikiki's homeless and $200,000 to keep Waikiki public bathrooms open after 10 p.m.

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

University of Hawaii and ESPN Radio 1420 AM Agree to Five-Year Extension of UH Sports Radio Contract

ESPN Radio 1420 AM and the University of Hawaii Athletics Department have agreed to a five-year extension of their radio broadcast agreement. The terms of the extension take effect July 1, 2014 and will run through June 30, 2019.

Under the agreement, ESPN Radio 1420 AM (call letters: KKEA) will have the exclusive radio rights to broadcast all of the UH-Manoa sporting events including home and away games for football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball and select home softball games.  The station will also have the right to broadcast all postseason games for UH football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, baseball and softball.