Local businesses evicted to clear the way for new rail systemUPDATED 7:57 PM HST Dec 10, 2013Video Transcript
Call it the price of progress... Several longtime businesses are being FORCED OUT because they're in the path of the city's new rail system.. The eviction notices have gone out ... and the clock's ticking. KITV4's Catherine Cruz talked to some of the owners who will be on the move soon... It the end of the line for about a half dozen small businesses who have six months to find somewhere else to set up shop. They say initially their eviction was expected in 2015. Luxury highrises on the makai side get Queen street addresses. Everything mauka is Waimanu. It's quirky and it's home to businesses with deep roots. But not for too much longer. - 3:56 -"About that part, My heart just went ba-a " Surf board shaper Ben Aipa can't believe he'll be evicted just as he celebrates his 50th year in business. The well-known waterman had hoped for more time in the Waimanu location he shares with Ala moana surboards retail shop. His eviction notice effective next summer put a damper on the holidays. Aipa is scouting locations in Kapahulu and Kaimuki but it hasnt been easy even for someone with his storied history. BEN AIPA 2:35 2:40 -"Like any business trying to move we try and stay central because thats where the business is" The adoption agency next door has been looking in similar spots... But also toward the airport. Hawaii International Child has been at this location for 13 years and is sorry to leave. , Kristine Altwies 25:11- 25: 20 -"There is not alot out there we are looking for something that is wheelchair accessable that is friendly for children and has ample parking," The move affects Tint Werks, a downtown business that stores it's inventory, as well as studio for aspiring actors. MALIA SANCHEZ 20:05 14-12 - "We just got notice last week that they are going to be condemning this place and rail is going to be coming through," The owner of a school that trains students to work in spas and salons is sad to have to say goodbye to the neighborhood after putting her heart and soul into a buildout of her dream business. - Malia Sanchez 21:42- 21: 53 - "We have invested alot of money and time and just the connection you have to your location and that I think is the hardest for me," cruz 28: 23-28:29 -"Right about where I am standing is where a concete pillar is supposed to go so businesses on this side of the street moving may just be a matter of time," Tahiti Imports has been in the building next door for 34 years. Like Aipa, it's been in business for five decades. It's landlord isn't ready to throw in the towel yet, but it knows the day of reckoning is coming - 15:34-15: 40 - "We intend to stick it out here this is kamaina and customers all over the world know us in this location," But change is coming soon. Today it's "goodbye neighbors." Tomorrow it will be "hello train." The reason for the evictions is that two months ago a federal judge cleared the way for the transit authority work to resume work along the route. HART is preparing to negotiate buyouts with property owners along Dillingham Avenue on this final segment of the city center route. Back to you.