Community members sign petition to ban alcohol at Chinatown Street Festivals

Published: Aug. 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM HST
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CHINATOWN (HawaiiNewsNow) - A community group says block parties and events including "First Fridays," which were meant to help revitalize Chinatown, is leaving the historical area trashed.

The Chinatown Business Community Association is urging the City to crack down on alcohol sales during night-time festivals.

So far, the group has collected more than 500 signatures from community leaders who say the drunken, late-night block parties lead to vandalism, public urination, and more drug problems. They say it ends up hurting businesses and residents.

"Who's going to clean it up? You and I? Who's making all the money? All the bar establishments, the people who promote this," CBCA President Chu Lan Schubert-Kwok said. "Are they giving back to society? Giving back to Chinatown?"

The petition was presented to Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle on Monday.

The group says it plans to push the issue at the next neighborhood board meeting.

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