Kekaulike Mall is a connector Public Pedestrian Mall considered a Public Park in our urban Chinatown – making it safe for shoppers to get to Oahu Market and Maunakea Market Place.
It exists to help stimulate business, provide pedestrian safety and add cultural color.
The City under Mayor Harris created many such innovative community and City initiatives to reduce blight or empty store fronts.
Kekaulike Mall was created after City built Kekaulike Courtyard, a low-rise senior affordable rental and the fresh produce market concept was a great concept.
Kekaulike Mall came with special rules in the form of a Kekaulike Mall Ordinance and the rules are enforced by HPD, City Parks and the City Prosecutors Office.
City Parks manages the Kekaulike Mall as a public park.
The Highlights of the Kekaulike Mall Ordinance are as follows:
1. 48 inches for peddling only for merchants who owns an adjacent store inside the Kekaulike Market or shops along the ewa side of the Kekaulike Mall.
2. Only merchants whose stores are perpendicular can display produce 48 inches from their walls.
3. Merchants CANNOT PEDDLE OUTSIDE THE 48 inches past the sides of their stores.
4. No empty boxes, trash cans or debris : merchants cannot place debris or empty boxes on the sidewalk peddling areas.
5. NO LITTERING – fines up to $1,000.
6. No cooked food, liquor, cigarettes, fish or meat.
7. No food preparation: Merchants cannot cook, cut, trim or otherwise prepare food for sale or consumption on the peddling areas of the sidewalks and Mall.
8. Violators are subject to a maximum of $1,000 in fines, 30 days imprisonment or both.