By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – APEC security will be closing short stretches of Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive directly in front of the Hawaii Convention Center for four days next week. The road closures will be daily from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 8 through Friday, November 11.
Some area businesses are expecting a dramatic drop in business. Others, including Blazin Steaks at Atkinson Drive, are hoping for the best.
"We know that the traffic is probably going to be bad, but there are going to be 20,000 people across the street (at the Convention Center). I think there's supposed to be 300 law enforcement personnel, protesters, spectators, reporters like yourself, and everybody has to eat, so we're banking on it being busy," said Keone Gaspar, who owns the Atkinson Blazin Steaks.
The forecast next door at Tobaccos of Hawaii is a bit cloudier.
"We really don't know what it's going to look like as far as business goes," said store clerk Sam Jones. "Currently a lot of people are stocking up. They're buying a lot of their favorite products so they don't have to come down through all the confusion. So next week we're not looking to see as many of our regular customers, but we could see a lot of customers coming from overseas. A lot of the business people and a lot of people attending the convention."
The Home Bar and Grill on Kalakaua Avenue mauka of Kapiolani Boulevard will close for the week because patrons and delivery trucks are expected to have difficulty getting there.
One thing is for sure. The road closures near the Convention Center and elsewhere are going to make getting in and out of Waikiki difficult.
People driving into Waikiki are encouraged to use McCully Street and Kapahulu Avenue instead of either Kalakaua Avenue or Ala Moana Boulevard.