Newly renovated satellite city hall whipped into shape at low cost

 UPDATED 8:44 AM HST May 08, 2012
Fort Street city hall
HONOLULU -

Honolulu's mayor and a traditional Hawaiian blessing welcomed visitors to the newly renovated downtown Satellite City Hall.

The facility is equipped with new cabinets, lightning, computers and security cameras.

Satellite City Hall employees say the new design is customer friendly.

"We arranged things better for more efficiency. We've offered more stations for driver's licensing. With the legal presence hitting the city now, I think we're trying to accommodate what we expect in the future," Acting Administrator Satellite City Hall Chase Masuda said.

During the two-month-long renovation, the city posted pictures on Facebook, showing the progress.

Facility maintenance employees did the lion's share of the work, dropping the cost to $12,700.

Many customers were happy Satellite City Hall in the heart of downtown was back in business.

"I live in Manoa and all the other city halls are busy so I come here all the time for anything I want," customer Henry Ahuna said.

"For me it's really convenient, I work on Ke'eaumoku so right down the road, parking is relatively easy in town," customer Bryson Hoe said.

More than 20,000 bus passes are sold at the Fort Street Mall Satellite City Hall each year, the most on O'ahu.

More than 100,000 transactions go through this particular Satellite City Hall.

41,839 motor vehicle fees, more than 18,000 drivers licenses, and 8,000 water bill payments goes through this location annually.

Satellite City Hall employees said this is the first renovation on the facility since its initial opening in 1989.

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