by: Beth Hillyer
WAIKIKI (KHNL) - "No Vacancy!" That's what many Waikiki Hotels are telling guests.
With the Honolulu Marathon, Pearl Harbor Commemoration and last night's U-2 concert all taking place during the same week, hotel rooms have been booking fast! And some retailers are scrambling to cash in on the big draw!
After three years in the making, beachwalk businesses are now open.
Freaky Tiki optical is the first store to open in the new beach walk development.
Kalei Dias talks about opening day. "Today was okay. Had a few sales. Don't know if it was the marathon. But mostly people from Canada."
They have been ringing up sales since yesterday. And doing some star gazing.
Sales associate Mat Cummins adds, "Today we saw Cindy Crawford and Kid Rock. Freaky Tiki is on line and the aloha is infectious."
Couples stroll the flagstone path and window shop. Timing is everything. Waikiki is nearly sold out with three major events going on at the same time this week.
"There is a big band named U-2 in town. They brought people into Honolulu. It's a good send off before we opened this week," says Cummins.
Across the street workers labor to complete construction on Malibu Shirts.
Owner Denny Moore goes over his checklist, "We'll go through and see if the air conditioning is finalized, sub-contractors as well."
This store features t-shirts with local style. The owners say they love their new beach walk location.
Moore concludes "Being a part of what's going on here. We waited for three years. It's just like the Superbowl. We have arrived and the people walking by are so excited about this project just as we are. They keep looking and asking when are we going to open. When are the rest of the stores going to open? There's a lot of excitement going on."
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