New walkway opens as North Shore redevelopment progresses

Kamehameha Hwy. (Photo: Kamehameha Schools)

A long-awaited public walkway on Oahu’s North Shore is finally open to the public.

The 650-foot walkway, located on Kamehameha Highway in Haleiwa, is part of a one-mile stretch of a major revitalization project by Kamehameha Schools.

Its opening comes as area businesses begin to open at the Haleiwa Store Lots, including Global Creations, Malibu Shirts, Kahala, T&C Surf and the iconic Matsumoto’s Shave Ice.

Photo: Kamehameha Schools
Photo: Kamehameha Schools

“I’ve been getting awesome feedback from people coming into our store. Everyone is commenting on how well the project has turned out; how beautiful the storefronts and walkways are and how well it fits into the feel of Haleiwa,” said Colette Harris of Global Creations. “It’s so nice to have the walkways veer close to the stores to allow people to peek in. Before, there were mud puddles outside and lines leading into the street, but now customers can park in the back and walk along the nice walkways to get to shops.”

The $700,000 walkway was developed with input from North Shore residents, guidance from the North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan and insight from staff of the City and County of Honolulu.

Meanwhile, work continues on Kamehameha Schools’ $16 million Haleiwa Store Lots redevelopment to improve economic vitality while staying true to the area’s plantation history, part of the schools’ overall North Shore master plan.

“Kamehameha Schools has deep roots on the North Shore of Oahu, and as we steward our properties to strengthen our educational mission, we want to ensure that our neighbors, the ohana of this community, benefit and are blessed by what we do here,” said Kalani Fronda, Kamehameha Schools senior land asset manager.

Grand opening ceremonies are planned for early spring of 2015, when all merchants are expected to open their doors.

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