Waikiki getting pre-APEC facelift

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Waikiki's main drag, Kalakaua Avenue, is getting new sidewalks and fresh pavement before prime ministers, presidents, and premiers arrive for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in November.

The City and County's $5.5 million sidewalk work began this week. Workers are tearing out old red tile along Kalakaua Avenue between Saratoga Road and Liliuokalani Avenue and installing a stone surface similar to what covers other portions of Kalakaua sidewalk.

"We're trying to make sure that we have continuity in what we already have and also to ensure that we have a surface that's easy for maintenance," said Collins Lam, Director of the City Department of Design and Construction.

The city is also spending $7 million repaving portions of Kalakaua Avenue and several side streets in Waikiki. Lam said the work was needed and the city wants to make sure it gets finished before world leaders arrive for the APEC conference.

"Obviously APEC is one of these functions that is going to be highlighting Waikiki and Hawaii so we really need to make sure that everything is picture perfect," Lam added.

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