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Waikiki harbor project to include boatyard, steakhouse, wedding chapels

June 29, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Honey Bee USA Inc. has revealed more of its $20 million plan to redevelop a part of the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor called Waikiki Landing with wedding chapels, restaurants, retail and office space, as well as a boat repair facility and fuel dock.

The Japan-based developer recently pulled a building permit for a building, repair deck and wharf building.

Keith Kiuchi, an attorney for Honey Bee USA, told PBN that construction for the project will ramp up on July 22 with a completion date of April 2014. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. is the general contractor for the project, Kiuchi said.

The four-story boatyard building along Ala Moana Boulevard will have an area with kiosks and carts on the first floor, mainly tenants who will be displaced by from the planned redeveloped International Market Place, and 808 Boats, a marine retail store and boat dealer.

A Serino’s Pizza will be on the second floor, a 5,200-square-foot Japanese restaurant will take up the third floor and a 5,200-square-foot fine dining steakhouse with a retractable roof run by Sacramento entrepreneur Briant Benson will be the fourth floor tenant.

“[Benson] runs a medical supply company in Sacramento and also owns a hotel and restaurant in Costa Rica,” Kiuchi said. “The retractable roof will give people a nice view of the evening sky.”

He said that Benson plans to open his steakhouse restaurant in May 2014.

Meantime, the two-story wharf building will feature fast-food restaurants on the first floor and a beer house on the second floor.

“We’re negotiating with an operator [for the beer house],” Kiuchi said. “We’re also negotiating with the operator to license a brand.”

The two wedding chapels are run by Tutu USA of Japan and Gloria Bridal Services, which also operates a wedding chapel at Sea Life Park, Kiuchi said.

He also pointed out that Robert’s Hawaii and Hawaiian Surf Adventures, which will run a water taxi up and down the Ala Wai, have committed to their project. There are plans for an operator to run a 40-foot catamaran for tours.

Last November, the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources gave the green light to a revised plan by Honey Bee USA.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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