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Kahala Mall Bounces Back After Flooding

Vue Hawaii co-owner Judy Morita Vue Hawaii co-owner Judy Morita
Kahala Mall submerged in flood waters in late March. Kahala Mall submerged in flood waters in late March.

KAHALA (KHNL) - A March flood shutdown Kahala Mall, forcing businesses to close down for several days. The flooding was extensive. Carpets had to ripped-out and the entire mall underwent an intensive dry-out. A month later, things are entirely back to normal. 

There are about 90 stores at Kahala Mall. According to the general manager, about 30 of them still have flood damage. One of them is Vue Hawaii. Managers marked the disastrous date on their calendar. They saved most of the merchandise, but the wood floors were damaged.

Co-owner Judy Morita remembers, "We were closed for 4 1/2 days so we did lose sales then."

Vue Hawaii lost about 10% of its monthly sales. Morita's thrilled to see customers packing the store once again. "Easter was late this year and we have Mother's Day and both are strong selling seasons for us."

As they work to move past the March flood- this is their attitude. "The tide is high but we're moving on."

Mall management has no sales figures yet for April. It says foot traffic is back to normal. Only Consolidated theaters remains closed from the flood damage.

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