Rail Shifted From Airport, But Strip Club Stays

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The proposed rail station had to go. The exotic dancers are allowed to stay.

Aviation safety rules prohibit the construction of new buildings near the runway at Honolulu International Airport, but existing structures are grandfathered in. So even though the city was forced to realign its rail line, businesses in the area are still standing even after the city and state were made aware of the expanded runway protection zone (RPZ) that disallows new development.

Among those businesses are a bar with exotic dancers, a Chinese restaurant and a small liquor store, all at the Ewa-mauka corner of Lagoon Drive and Aolele Street. A rail station was once planned for the Ewa-makai corner, in what is today an airport employee parking lot.

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