LIHU’E — Lester Ho of Ho’s Chinese Kitchen is excited about what will be happening at his restaurant.
Ho said, “We’re going to have a new look.
New ceiling, new lights, new floor, new fans, everything!” Work will begin Monday, Nov. 21 on remodeling and renovations to Ho’s Chinese Kitchen, said Jonell Tafua, marketing manager for CB Richard Ellis Hawaii, the management firm for Kukui Grove Center.
His is only one of several shops in the mall that will have new looks for the holidays.
Also in the works is a relocation as well as renovations for Deja Vu Outlet, whose staff members, headed by Ann Yamamoto, were occupied with conducting a staff meeting in the food court area, Monday morning.
“We’re excited,” members of the Deja Vu Outlet staff said. “It should be good.” Tafua said that, recently, contractors for Jeans Warehouse, now located in the site formerly occupied by the KB Toys firm, completed their renovation work and relocation. Other stores whose owners and managers recently celebrated renovation work completion include the main Deja Vu store located near the mall’s exhibition area, Radio Shack, GNC, and Gifts of Kauai.
“Approximately 20 renovation plans are either in process or have already been completed,” Tafua said.
“Kukui Grove is moving forward to provide our community with a unique shopping experience, and is pleased with the renovations, and new merchant mix Kukui Grove has to offer.” Additionally, Eye Candy, located adjacent to Genki Sushi, is planning its grand opening for this coming weekend Saturday, Nov. 19, Tafua said.
One of the features for the celebration will be a fashion show that will take place at the mall this Friday, Nov. 18.
Eye Candy is one of the new mall merchants that joins Vitamin World and Sweet Pia’s, whose owners and operators recently celebrated their respective grand openings.
Tafua was busy Monday morning, meeting with leaders of The Salvation Army of Kaua’i in planning the Kaua’i Corps’ annual Breakfast with Santa event, as well as the day-long Lokahi Tree program that will take place at the mall on Saturday, Dec. 3.
During the renovation work that will be done by local contractor S.T. Morinaka Construction of Kapa’a, Tafua noted that Ho’s will be closed from this Monday, Nov. 21, until Thursday, Dec. 8.
The remodeling is expected to take between two and three weeks, but should greet holiday shoppers with a whole new look.
Tafua added that, as part of the renovations, the familiar signs will also be replaced, promising a new, exciting look when the work is done.
. Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, may be reached at 245- 3681 (ext. 253) or firstname.lastname@example.org