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Lawmakers to hold April 12 hearing on Koreatown designation

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For almost a decade, a push to draw more Korean visitors to Hawaii has spurred the growth of the Korean business district in urban Honolulu.

A Korean "super-block," anchored by a Palama Super Market, sits at the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Makaloa Street. It’s one of several strip malls that cater to Korean customers.

Two state lawmakers — Rep. Sharon Har and Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz — have proposed turning the area stretching a few blocks west from the Palama Super Market into a formal Koreatown. 

A House committee will hear a resolution on the matter April 12, after postponing discussion today. "I want to make sure everyone has ample opportunity to testify, either in opposition or support," Har explained.

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