Chinatown has seen its fair share of block parties over the years. But now, community leaders are bringing up issues with the events during a meeting Tuesday morning.
The Chinatown Business and Community Association is meeting at the Empress Restaurant at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
During the block parties, streets like Nuuanu Avenue are completely filled with people. But, community leaders say along with that comes massive clean-up efforts and damage control.
"When you have a liquor license, you're promoting alcohol. So, you're going to try to drum up business by finding reasons to have a block party so that you can make a profit," said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, president of the Chinatown Business and Community Association. "But, on the other hand, non-alcohol businesses are impacted because parking is taken away. Bus routes are taken away. And most people going come in to buy or eat in restaurants where they can't find parking."
Restaurants need to get permits from the Department of Transportation 90 days in advance to close down the streets.
KITV has spoken with businesses who say the event generates revenue and actually helps with the image of Chinatown. They say in years past, people wouldn't even come to this area during the evening.