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Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Wedding chapel won’t
pursue liquor sales

By Mary Adamski

The operators of a Sea Life Park wedding chapel, who faced community opposition to a liquor license for the facility, have withdrawn their request.

The application from Gloria Bridal was scheduled for a public hearing Dec. 28 before the Honolulu Liquor Commission.

The Waimanalo Neighborhood Board voted 11-0 against the liquor license, and residents in the Windward community have circulated petitions against liquor sales at the East Oahu chapel, which caters to clients from Japan.

Company spokesman Herb Lee Jr. said yesterday in a release that "the decision to withdraw reflects a continued commitment to advancing good relations with the community-at-large."

"Sea Life Park has always prided itself on building positive community partnerships" in its business as an aquarium and aquatics show, Lee said.

Gloria Bridal, a Japanese-based company, also operates a wedding chapel on Kapahulu Avenue where the opposition of nearby residents led the Honolulu Liquor Commission to deny a liquor license last year.

Lee said weddings have been performed at Sea Life Park for more than 20 years. Saint Catalina Chapel was built this year with city and state Department of Land and Natural Resources approval.

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