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The new Hale‘iwa Store Lots walkway begins on the Mokulēʻia side of the project in front of Uncle Bo's restaurant and passes Clark Little Galleries, Greenroom, and Malibu Shirts.

KS takes first steps toward Hale‘iwa town walkway

Dec. 23, 2014

Contributed by Aron Dote

A new public walkway at Kamehameha Schools’ Hale‘iwa Store Lots brings the community revitalization project one step closer to completion.

As businesses began opening at the world-renowned tourist attraction – anchored by longtime shave ice merchant, Matsumoto’s Shave Ice – the long-awaited, pedestrian-centric component of the refurbished shopping destination welcomes visitors to its steps.

“Kamehameha Schools has deep roots on the North Shore of O‘ahu, and as we steward our properties to strengthen our educational mission, we want to ensure that our neighbors, the ‘ohana of this community, benefit and are blessed by what we do here,” said Kalani Fronda, senior land asset manager at Kamehameha Schools.

At a cost of $700,000, the new Hale‘iwa town pedestrian experience is included in the total cost of KS’ $16 million Hale‘iwa Store Lots redevelopment – an investment expected to provide ongoing returns to help fund the schools’ educational mission for generations to come.

Since 2007, KS has engaged the North Shore community leading to, among other initiatives, the delivery of a rural-friendly, safe promenade, emulating Hale‘iwa’s rich history.

“The heart and needs of Hale‘iwa really show in this place – the provided lighting, necessary parking and now this walkway. It’s just so beautiful,” said Colette Harris, an administrator for Global Creations, a locally owned and operated store in the store lots.

The 650-foot walkway, between the First Hawaiian Bank and  Mahaulu Lane, is part of the one-mile stretch of the Hale‘iwa town revitalization, a catalyst project of the  Kamehameha’s North Shore Master Plan.

Five businesses including Global Creations, Malibu Shirts, Kahala, T&C Surf, and the iconic Matsumoto’s Shave Ice  are now open at the store lots. Eight more retail stores, five restaurants and two offices are slated to open in early 2015. Grand opening ceremonies for the Hale‘iwa Store Lots are planned for early spring of 2015 when all merchants are expected to open their doors.

CLICK HERE to watch Hawaii News Now’s feature story on Hale‘iwa Store Lots.

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Visitors stroll on Hale'iwa newest walkway.

The Kaiona Arts Courtyard, behind of Global Creations, provides a resting place for weary shoppers.

Lease revenues from the community revitalization project will support KS' educational mission.

Click on the link at the end of this story to see Hawaii News Now's coverage of the project, featuring KS' Kalani Fronda.


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