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Outage costly for Chinatown businesses

Hawaiian Electric continued to work on underground cable repairs on Wednesday while restaurants and small businesses remained without power in Chinatown for a second straight day.

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Yakitori Hachibei kitchen manager Kyoichiro Ono hauls out coolers filled with perishables that were being transported to another restaurant.
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Employess from Yakitori Hachibei, located on North Hotel Street, transport perishables in a cooler. Pictured at center is assistant general manager Tiara Martinez.
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A sign on the front door of Yakitori Hachibei located at North Hotel Street.
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Fete co-owner Chuck Bussler speaks during an interview on Wednesday.
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Bartender Angel Cornett holds a notepad tracking her sales at Smith’s Union Bar on Hotel Street. The bar was open despite the power outage.
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Walking past the door of Fete restaurant is Yakitori Hachibei kitchen manager Noriyuki Nakamura, who was carrying perishables to a car outside. Both of the restaurants, located on North Hotel Street, have been without power and have been forced to close.
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Fete co-owner and chef Robynne Maii opens the door to create some air flow in the closed restaurant.
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Bartender Angel Cornett counts back cash to a customer at Smith’s Union Bar on Hotel Street. The bar was open despite the power outage, mainly for deliveries, but business was slow.
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Employess from Yakitori Hachibei, located on North Hotel Street, load perishables in coolers onto a truck. From left to right is Momona Yamada, Noriyuki Nakamura and Kyoichiro Ono.
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Yakitori Hachibei located on North Hotel Street was closed on Wednesday.
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Fete co-owner Chuck Bussler speaks during an interview on Wednesday.

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