We’re learning more about what’s being planned for the area where Puck’s Alley is located.
The area is right down the street from UH Manoa, but over the years, has fallen into disrepair.
Kamehameha Schools owns the land — and tells us its plans for Puck’s Alley and the neighborhood are part of its plan to develop more housing across Oahu.
Questions and speculation have swirled for years about Kamehameha Schools’ plans for Puck’s Alley specifically, and for Mo’ili’ili in general.
Now though, the multi-billion dollar estate is addressing long-standing community questions about plans for its vast land-holdings.
Puck’s Alley opened in 1973. Its sign, in that early 1970s font, is a familiar part of the neighborhood.
Kamehameha Schools tells KHON it has signed a letter of intent with a development partner, who will be named once a contract is finalized.
They will create plans to revitalize the area within three to five years. It will include student housing and rental housing — with businesses at ground-level.
At least two Puck’s Alley businesses — Study Hall Sports Bar & Grill and Island Jiu Jitsu — have signed one-year lease extensions that will carry them into next year.
Professor Jason Vigil, owner Island Jiu Jitsu, says, “Well, we’d love to stay. We would love to stay forever, however, we’ve been notified that there could be some remodeling or, you know, adjustments to the building, to the site, within a year from now.”
When the school opened six years ago he had 30 to 40 students. He now has 200.
Doug “Moe” Morrison, owner of Study Hall, says he loves having a business that is part of the UH college experience — adding that he has partnered with former State Senator Brickwood Galuteria to create a home for Hawaiian music, for locals, outside of Waikiki.
Morrison has had other businesses at Puck’s Alley, including Raintree, Moose McGillicuddy’s and Bullwinkle’s.
Vigil feels a strong connection to the building and neighborhood as well.
“I love the building. We’re right here in the conjunction of two main arteries, you have King Street and you have University, so it’s really nice. You have a lot of foot traffic, get a lot of students, it’s got a nice, youthful feel to it.”
Vigil says while it’s not as new and shiny as the recently opened Hale Mahana mixed-use student housing with restaurants at its base, Puck’s Alley has an urban vibe — and great parking.