HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last-minute projects in preparation for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference kept laborers busy Friday. The long-awaited international event will get underway in three days.
From installing security cameras to repairing damaged landscaping, crews raced against the clock on the final Friday before APEC.
Men in boom lifts wearing safety harnesses hustled to complete the mounting and wiring of new cameras on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki. They clearly took pride in their work, knowing that the extra sets of eyes would help enhance security during the dignitary-laden international event.
Nearby on Kalakaua Avenue, Brian Masumoto and his landscaping team scrambled to re-plant Kului, Naupaka, Uki Uki and other plants in preparation for APEC.
"We were on Nimitz (Highway) completing a couple of projects, actually Nimitz and Ala Moana Boulevard," Masumoto of Green Thumb, Inc. said. "We got called here to repair the damage."
Workers with Green Thumb, Inc. say they originally did the APEC beautification project in September, but the plants were trampled on during Monday's Halloween festivities. So now, they're back.
"We replace the plants. We clean them up. That's it," Edward Buenafe, Green Thumb, Inc., said. "Make 'em green, Waikiki."
"It's not too bad, not too bad, just stuff that had to be done," Masumoto said.
Meanwhile, another crew spent the day installing chain-link fences outside Honolulu police headquarters. The building will serve as the department's operations center next week.
HPD says the "temporary barriers and fencing are part of the security measures put in place for APEC and will be removed after the event."
Workers we spoke with were excited that the much-anticipated event is nearly here.
"It's good. It's a good feeling," Masumoto said. "A lot of hard work went into this, but everyone is happy."