Aoki’s Shave Ice gets two month lease extension

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Friday was supposed to be the final day for several shops in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore, including Aoki’s Shave Ice.

But the landlord, Kamehameha Schools, has now given them a two month extension on their leases.

Last week, the Aoki family was preparing to bid aloha to this store.

But today, it’s business as usual.

“Just last week we found out we could have an extension of 60 days so we have until July 31st, which we’re very happy about,” Cathy Aoki of Aoki’s Shave Ice said.

Scott Bechtol’s shop next door, Iwa Gallery, is also going to stay open another two more months.

He’s been carving and selling candles and other art work here for almost 40 years.

“The last 40 years has been great. I love Haleiwa and I’ll miss it,”

He’ll be moving his shop to his studio in Kaaawa.

Kamehameha Schools has plans to redevelop this block, from Iwa Gallery to Haleiwa Thai, creating enough space for 21 businesses.

“It’ll be a mix — shopping, restaurants, and we’ve made a conscious effort to make sure they’re locally based,” Kamehameha Schools Spokesman Kekoa Paulsen said.

Kamehameha Schools will start the preliminary prep work soon.

“We discovered the preliminary prep work that needs to be done it’s going to go faster than we thought it was and it can be done without disturbing the businesses,” Paulsen said.

And that’s why they’re giving the businesses an extension on their leases.

As part of the project, these buildings housing Iwa Gallery and Aoki’s, and a former church building are going to be knocked down.

But the buildings housing Matsumoto Shave Ice, Global Creations Interiors, and Haleiwa Thai will be kept and preserved.

Kamehameha Schools is also planning to add 110 parking stalls to the area behind the shops.

Matsumoto’s won’t have to close during construction. But Global Creations Interiors and Haleiwa Thai will have to move out at the end of July.

“The utilities need to be upgraded in there and actually the larger utility line for the entire property is going to come through that space,” Paulsen said.

Global Creations Interiors and Haleiwa Thai plan to return once construction is finished.

But Aoki’s won’t be coming back to this nearly one hundred year old building.

They plan to eventually take their shave ice operation across the street to Aoki’s North Shore Trading Company, a gift shop which they opened last year.

“I think now we’ll be able to make a smooth transition, maybe not with everything completed, but it still gives us a little more time to figure out some temporary options if needed,” Aoki said.

Kamehameha Schools estimates it’ll take about 14 months to finish the project.

And they hope to have the new shops open by the start of the winter surf season at the end of next year.

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