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Aloha tenants move out as HPU project goes forward

    By Teakre Vest. February 8, 2014 - 2:06 pm

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Aloha Tower will be vacating its occupants by March 17 to make way for HPU’s renovations, the Star Advertiser reports.

Only four select retailers and restaurants will stay due to long-term leases, including Hooters and Gordon Biersch Brewery. The other 17 retailers were previously renting spaces with month-to-month agreements, The Star-Advertiser reports in its February 8, front-page article.

According to HPU’s website the plans with Aloha Tower “have been consistent from the beginning” including dorm space for approximately 300 students, new retail and dining spaces, and the redesign of Pier 10 for gathering and performances for HPU purposes.

This is an exciting expansion for the university, which has campuses in downtown Honolulu, Kaneohe, and Waimanalo, and has a presence on seven military installation around the island of Oahu.

The project is expected to move in the first few students by “summer for the Fall of 2014 term” according to the websites FAQ of Aloha Tower. But there will be no basketball court for the university’s men and women’s team as President Geoffrey Bannister commented on his blog “[The] space turns out to be too small for a stadium to NCAA standards”.

Aloha Tower holds the title of the most recognized building in the state. Yet retailers in the complex have had a difficult time. Following its vacant building-financial troubles, HPU leased Aloha Tower in a partnership with the state.

Photo: Maren Bjoergum