Wednesday, March 17, 1999

Closing of porn shop
‘a victory for all
family neighborhoods’

By Harold Morse


McCully is now minus the adult fantasy store called Inserection.

In January, 7-Eleven Hawaii Inc., the landlord, got a writ of possession from District Court to start eviction proceedings. The Atlanta-based parent company, Focus Entertainment International, closed the store last month.

7-Eleven and Focus Entertainment agreed in a settlement that the 10-year lease was "entered into with a mutual misunderstanding of the facts." A 7-Eleven spokesman said the company thought it was going to be a video store, but it was an adult entertainment store.

City Councilman Andy Mirikitani, who represents the area and led a citizens effort to evict Inserection, is glad to see it go. "This is a victory not just for the McCully community but for all family neighborhoods on Oahu," he said.

Mirikitani has introduced a bill "to crack down on porn shops and prevent these sex shops from opening in family neighborhoods."

The bill has been tentatively passed by the Council and sent to city planners for review.

Jim Boersema, on behalf of 7-Eleven, said, "We're pleased that they vacated the space, and we're looking for a community-friendly tenant as a replacement."

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