Sep 30, 2013, 2:54pm HST Updated: Sep 30, 2013, 3:26pm HST
Duane Shimogawa | Reporter- Pacific Business News
The dozens of statues that once covered Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto’s Kahala Avenue properties in East Honolulu are being removed and will be sold, according to a source close to the situation.
Alexander & Baldwin Inc., which is buying Kawamoto’s Hawaii properties for $98 million — including 27 along Kahala Avenue, known by some as the Beverly Hills of Hawaii — said that it is proceeding with the cleanup of the properties, but has no further comment at this time on the progress of those activities.
The source also told PBN that the Honolulu-based high-end landscaping company called Performance Landscapes has been contracted by A&B to do the clean-up work, which includes dropping trees, clearing rubbish as well as removing those highly visible statues.
“They sold some statues and they donated some of the money,” the source said. “Right now, they’re being moved to another property.”
The source also pointed out that some people have shown interest in purchasing the statues, mainly wanting a piece of Kawamoto history to add to their collections.