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Update: Eat the Street Finds New Home at Fisherman’s Wharf Site


The massively popular “Eat the Street” street food festival and its organizer Street Grindz has a new home in Kakaako, thanks to an agreement with The Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

The festival had to leave its longstanding site at 555 South Street with construction set to begin on Keahou Lane, a condominium development by Stanford Carr and Kamehameha Schools. For the next “Eat the Street,” the event will move to Kakaako Gateway Park.

But the park is a popular gathering place for homeless people, and the state went as far as to say that it was hoping the popular festival would drive them away. Street Grindz told KHON: “We have no intention of displacing the homeless community or removing them permanently. Street Grindz is merely renting the park space from HCDA for one day each month.”

While April’s “Eat the Street” will still happen at the park, the new agreement with OHA will allow “Eat the Street” to explore ways to make use of the site of the former Fisherman’s Wharf at the bottom of Ward Avenue beginning this summer. The official OHA press release follows:

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced today it is leasing the lot that formerly housed Fisherman’s Wharf to Street Grindz, LLC. The agreement provides Street Grindz with interim access rights for daily activities at the site, while OHA prepares a master plan for the use of the 30 acres of land it owns in Kaka‘ako Makai.

For the last few months, Street Grindz has been diligently working with MoJo – The Business of Food, and actively collaborating with OHA planning and conceptualizing future plans for Kaka’ako Makai. “We are fortunate that OHA is on board with our concept for the space, giving us the opportunity to go back to our roots of supporting local, small businesses while focusing on our passion for sustainability in Hawai‘i” said Poni Askew, Owner and CEO of Street Grindz.

“Street Grindz has created exciting and interesting dining concepts,” said Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Ka Pouhana (CEO) of OHA. “This interim use will help make our Kaka‘ako Makai lands a gathering place while we continue to work on a master plan for future development.”

Plans for construction will begin as soon as April, with an expected completion date this summer. Askew said, “A lot of the inspiration for our concept draws from our experiences with markets and dining around the world and in the US. You’ll just have to watch it all unfold in the next couple of months.”

Updated to clarify that “Eat the Street” will still take place at Kakaako Gateway Park in April. Photo illustration courtesy OHA.

HCDA Holds Open House


The HCDA held an open house Saturday to encourage community input.

Charts, maps and photos covered the walls of its meeting room, but there is a real space just outside the doors of the building, and residents are concerned about what the future holds for the neighborhood.

“On a piece of paper, it looks just fine, that by 2030, we’re going to have 30,000 people in Kakaako,” said area resident Eva Gallegos. “But people need to realize that this is a postage stamp-sized piece of land. Where are they going to bring in 30,000 people (to) live here?”

Future plans for Kakaako development discussed

Sen. Ige questions governor’s appointee to HCDA

David IgeHawaii Sen. David Ige, gubernatorial candidate and chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, said he would oppose the permanent appointment of Brian Tamamototo to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA).

Ige said questions if Tamamoto qualifies to fill a seat designated for a representative from a small business, defined as “a business which is independently owned and which is not dominant in its field of operations” as stated in the law.

Tamamoto is executive vice-president of Royal Holdings, LLC, a small holding company of the Kobayashi Group, and has been serving on the HCDA on an interim basis after being approved by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The HCDA is charged with approving development in the Kakaako area, and among the Kobayashi Groupʻs projects there are the 40-story Royal Capitol Plaza — the first residential property ever approved by the HCDA — and the 248-unit luxury high-rise Hokua, fronting Ala Moana Blvd.

“This is not about an individual or company,” said Sen. Ige (D, Pearl Harbor-Pearl City-Aiea). “It is the principle as this position is designated for a small-business representative and I question if a holding company of the Kobayashi Group fits the definition. Citizens are concerned already about the make-up of the HCDA and the pace at which it is approving projects.

The Senateʻs confirmation vote is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29.

It comes as a bill passed by the state Legislature, HB 1866, which makes changes to the HCDA appointment process, sits on the governorʻs desk awaiting action. Sen. Ige said even if the bill is signed into law Thursday, Tamamoto would serve through March 2015, allowing the opportunity to vote on development matters impacting Kaka`ako. Ige has received calls from many residents of Kaka`ako concerned with issues that could be brought before the HCDA board for approval over the next few months leading up to March 2015.

“Whether it be the owner of an auto-repair shop or an entrepreneur who just opened a small restaurant, these small Kakaako business owners should have a voice in development of the area,” Sen. Ige said.

About the Law:

Section 206E-3(b) states: “Of the three members (county members) 2 members shall represent small businesses… and shall be designated as the small business representatives on the board whose purpose, among other things, is to vote on matters before the board that affect small businesses. The small business representatives shall be owners or active managers of a small business with its principal place of operation located within the physical boundaries of each designated district.”

From Ryan Tsuji, Hawaii State Senate.

Kakaako Farmers Market

The Hawaii Community Development Authority is clearing and cleaning a vacant lot in “Kakaako Makai” in the hopes of launching a three-days-a-week Farmers Market and ultimately creating a gathering place for both residents and visitors.

The lot is known as the “Piano Lot,” a waterfront parcel south of Ala Moana Blvd. containing the Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant and lands adjacent to Point Panic. KITV reports:

Plans For 3-Day Kakaako Farmers Market Advances

“The objective is to enhance local products and activities and public gatherings, and that and of itself addresses some of the homeless issues,” said Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the agency charged with overseeing Kakaako.

In the last several months, HCDA has worked with service providers to get many homeless families into shelters, and to clear the area of illegal structures and tents. Ching hopes to finalize a shoreline permit to allow for the farmers market to debut this summer.

Talks are underway with three different groups.