Meet Nico, the Shih-Tzu security K9 at Kakaako’s Ohana Hale Marketplace

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Ohana Hale Marketplace, which opened in October 2018, now occupies the former Sports Authority location in Kakaako.

Co-owner John Weaver calls it the first of its kind; an establishment that houses only local businesses.

There is a common misconception that the location is temporary, Weaver says, with many thinking the rail line will shutter its location in a few years.

But he says Ohana Hale has a 10 year lease.

“We aren’t going anywhere,” he said.

Weaver says there are plans to expand 7 more similar locations in the Kapolei area, as well as locations on Kauai, Maui, and two on the Big Island.

Ohana Hale Marketplace has one very special employee: Nico, a Shih-Tzu security K9.

 “Nico has a 100 percent safety record. We have not had 1 item taken while he’s on duty. Not everybody is able to stay that,” said Weaver.

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