Store owners say sidewalk in Chinatown is dangerous

Published  6:12 PM HST Mar 24, 2013
Sidewalk potholes
HONOLULU -

Keep your eyes on the ground when you're walking through Chinatown. Potholes on the sidewalk are upsetting local store owners.  

Store owners in Chinatown say walking up and down the sidewalk is like a hazardous maze and it's been like that for months. They said one senior citizen recently was badly injured from falling into one of the holes.

"She fell and got up, she was dizzy, so they were very worried that someone might die from a fall," said community leader Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock.

Shubert-Kwock said there's more than seven covered and uncovered holes up and down a couple blocks on North King Street. She said she told the contractors hired by the city about the problem, and they said the holes are there because a gas line is currently being installed, so the holes need to remain unpaved.

Shubert-Kwock said the holes need to be covered with solid medal plates. Some holes are just covered with plywood and many people complain that it isn't sturdy adding to the danger. Also store owners complain that people have been stealing the cones leaving the holes and plywood unmarked.

"They told me you better do something because too many people are falling that's when I came down, took pictures, and communicated with the north street contractor representative," said Shubert-Kwock.

Chu Lan Kwock and store owners said they've called the city's pothole hotline to report the problem.

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