KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new venture that replaced the John Dominis restaurant in Kakaako is creating quite a stir. 53 by the Sea, which includes wedding chapels, a restaurant and a bar, recently held its soft opening. Now complaints have come up about parking problems.
53 by the Sea sits right on the waterfront, offering a breathtaking view of Diamond Head. The $16-million project includes two chapels, an Italian restaurant and a bar. The facility is near a parking lot for Kakaako Waterfront Park. Frustrated bodysurfers said contractors and workers have been taking up the stalls for months.
"When they started building this structure, the construction guys came in and they used half the parking," said bodysurfer Doug Palama.