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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City is launching a new effort to clean and renovate public park grounds and facilities in Waikiki, including Kapiolani Park and the Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue.


“We’re very committed to ensuring that our parks remain clean, safe and welcoming to everyone,” Mayor Hannemann said. “This extra effort will require the collaboration of several city departments, but no additional funding. We’re also making sure the community is involved, and we are consulting and briefing Waikiki stakeholders as we move forward.”


This program, Mâlama `o Waikîkî, will include four phases:


  • Phase 1: Daily pavilion cleaning. 

Pavilions along Kuhio Beach will be closed daily from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for cleaning. This will begin tomorrow (Friday, March 13, 2009), with the pavilion closest to the Police sub-station; the three remaining pavilions will be included next week.


  • Phase 2: Extensive grounds maintenance.

Grass areas in Kapiolani Park will be temporarily closed and refurbished. This will begin on March 23 with a closure, for approximately one-month, of the area between the Aquarium and Kapiolani Beach Center. Future areas to be closed for renovation will include grass around Queen’s Surf, the War Memorial, the Bandstand, sports fields and picnic areas.


  • Phase 3: Facility makeovers.

Comfort stations and pavilions along Kuhio Beach and in Kapiolani Park will be temporarily closed for painting and other repairs. This will begin on March 30 with the largest and most heavily used pavilion, near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kealohilani avenues, which will be closed for one week. The remaining three pavilions along Kuhio Beach will be closed for one-week periods during April. The comfort station behind the Police sub-station will be closed for one week of renovations, beginning on April 13. Additional comfort stations in the area will be briefly closed for similar renovations in following weeks.


  • Phase 4: Late night park closures.

Areas of Kapiolani Park, mauka of Kalakaua Avenue, will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. daily, beginning April 20. This includes the tennis courts.

Areas makai of Kalakaua Avenue will be closed from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. beginning April 20.

The comfort station behind the Police sub-station will remain open until 2 a.m., four hours longer than before.



Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928