Trip to Hawaii - Death of Waikiki
I have been to Hawaii six or seven times now. One of my favorite sections has been Lewers Street and Beach Walk streets. The businesses there were a little less upmarket than the rest of Waikiki, with a smorgasbord, a small fruit market ( Henry's ), a Starbucks, but they were small scale and real.
All these places and others have been torn down and will be replaced by massive concrete structures. I am astonished that Honolulu allowed this. Waikiki is terribly overbuilt as it is. This is a photo of a big concrete parking lot that will be across the street from the Outrigger Reef Hotel. Take paradise and put up a parking lot. A curse upon everyone involved in this transaction.