here at this spot was wetlands fed by streams flowing from Manoa Valley.
Hawaiians cultivated taro here. Many of these farmers died from
the diseases brought by the early White colonists. They did not have
the immune systems to protect them from previously unknown diseases.
Then it was a rice farm tended by Chinese farmers until the Ala Wai
Canal was built. The canal cut off the water supply to all the farms.
This spot was bought by tourist industry developers. Sometime in the
1960s, it became the famous Canlis Restaurant. Canlis was a hot spot
for a time. A steak and lobster joint housed in a lava rock building
with orchids growing from the walls in the restaurant's interior. Waitresses
wore kimonos. Part of their job was to mince and feign humility. Canlis
closed sometime in the 1980s and became a Police Sub-station in the
1990s. The cops heard ghosts in the building all the time. One of the
ghosts was reputed to have been a waitress who died in Canlis. Some
of the cops brought ti leaves and Hawaiian salt to calm the ghosts.
This spot, along with the surrounding area got bought again in 2000
by an international developer call the Waikiki Promenade Honu Group
for $5.5 million dollars. Now it is a Chanel boutique, part of a huge
Shopping center for the wealthy. For the opening event, they brought
in Al Green. They closed off Kalakaua Avenue and Al Green sang three