Parking Lot Renovation Causing Problems for Waikiki Shell VisitorsUPDATED 7:57 PM HST Jul 27, 2013Video Transcript
a parking lot is creating a nightmare for visitors to Kapiolani Park and the Waikiki Shell. But as KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports ... it's a project that's been in the works for a decade. Parking at Kapiolani Park is already at a premium. But with construction taking over half the lot... Some have resorted to calling on some higher help. 2:11:30 SO WE ACTUALLY SAID A PRAYER AND MY HUSBAND WAS ABLE TO FIND THE PARKING. 2:11:34 Park users like the Sotelo family are also having to use patience... with city only halfway through a renovation project. This is the first time since it was built this area in front of the Waikiki Shell and Kapiolani Bandstand is getting a makeover. 1:25 THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME NEW SIDEWALKS, NEW DROP OFF LOADING AND UNLOADING AREA, BICYCLE RACKS, MOTORCYCLE PARKING, SO THE NEW SIDEWALK WORK, SO IT WILL LOOK VERY NICE IN THE FRONT. 1:38 The city says the main reason for the work -- saving the trees. Monkeypods planted more than 30 years ago. 2:07:42 OVER THE YEARS THE TREES HAVE GROWN SO MUCH, THEY'VE CAUSED THIS PROBLEM. THE ROOTS HAVE RAISED THE ASPHALT AND CAUSED IT TO CRACK. 2:07:48 The parking lot is being raised to cover the roots... giving the trees more room to grow. And drainage added -- with filters for the runoff. But this is only the FIRST phase -- expected to be done around Thanksgiving. The second phase starts up around January after the Honolulu Marathon. 2:15:35 I THINK IT'S GOING TO KILLS US Vendors like those at the monthly Art Fest at Kapiolani park say construction is hurting business. 2:15:46 WE ALL WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO KEEP COMING BACK EVERY MONTH. AND ALOT OF THEM COME AND SAY THEY CAN'T PARK. 2:15:51 The work also poses a parking problem for other major events like the Okinawan festival in September. 3:00 WE TRIED OUR BEST TO accommodate EVERYBODY. SO THAT'S WHY WE PHASED THE PROJECT. 3:06 The city says it's taken 10 years of planning to get this project underway. But saving the trees will come with a sacrifice -- and likely more prayer and patience required. There'll be 34 fewer stalls when the project is complete. Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News.