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Ala Moana Apple store relocating during facelift

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 2:27 p.m. HST, Aug 5, 2011

The Apple store at Ala Moana Center will close for a $1.2 million renovation project (see:, moving its operations to temporary space No. 2231 from existing space No. 2243 in the interim, according to public records.

Apple's plans for its existing space are undergoing review within the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. Meanwhile, inspections are under way on $250,000 worth of work (see: done to prepare the smaller, temporary location for its move-in.


An Apple media relations staffer helpfully shared that he would soon be vacationing in Hawaii and would therefore escape the 100-degree Bay Area heat wave, though he steadfastly declined to provide further details such as a timeline for the relocation or the duration of its tenancy in the temporary digs, to share with readers/customers.

"We haven't made any announcements about the new store," he said. Were newspapers to wait for announcements before printing anything, there would be considerably less gray between the ads, your columnist pointed out. No dice, no details.

Any announcements about the Ala Moana Apple store will be posted on the store's web page, he said. No such updates existed as of Tuesday afternoon.

Ala Moana Center officials also were mum, citing an agreement with Apple.

The project in the temporary space and remote stock room included alterations, electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler and air conditioning work — while the same types of work are planned for the existing store with the addition of some fire alarm work, though the building permit had not been issued as of Tuesday afternoon.

ZenShu izakaya closing

Open since November 7, 2008, ZenShu will shut down after service is completed Saturday July 2, according to its website. The site "strongly" encourages gift-card-holders to use them up prior to the closing date. Owners Wilson Chan and Jon Tsuda could not be reached for comment.

"We would like to give heartfelt thanks to all our patrons who have dined here, supported us and enjoyed our food and service over the years," the site says.


The restaurant was conceived in 2005 when Chan suggested to Tsuda that they start their own business. The initial idea was for a sports bar that served Asian-fusion dishes with sushi provided by a contractor. But the partners settled on an Asian-fusion izakaya restaurant that supported sports events.

They established the unusual concept in the old Harpo's Pizza space at 477 Kapahulu Ave., starting construction in the summer of 2008, the website says. Co-owner and co-founder Chan served as executive chef, overseeing preparation of dishes that incorporated Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese flavors, techniques and other influences.

The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. should you need to use up a gift card or get one last fix of one of ZenShu's signature dishes or a $9.50 bento.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Advertiser. Reach her by email at

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