Strikes, turkeys and spares return to Kailua


POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2010

Pali Lanes flung open its doors at 5 p.m. yesterday under new ownership and a one-year lease with a one-year option.

Art Machado, Chuck Webb and Gary Darling formed Pali Lanes LLC on Dec. 23, five days after the long-lived Kailua bowling alley and gathering place closed for what was to be forever. They reopened it in just less than four weeks.

Machado is general manager of the Oahu Bowling Association, but the Pali Lanes venture is separate from that, Webb said. Machado is well known in bowling circles and aside from that was named man of the year by civic clubs “;and is the most well known of all of us. ... We always put his name first.”;

Webb's sister was connected with the former Pali Lanes operation, so Webb was around it “;vicariously,”; he said, while Darling had no prior connection to the lanes, but has expertise in small business management.

Not that there's been much time, but the place will have a welcoming familiarity for bowlers.

“;We cleaned it ... but it's exactly the same,”; Webb said.

“;It happened very quickly,”; Webb said. A good thing, he figures, since allowing the lanes to languish would have made it more difficult to get bowlers back in the doors.

As it happens, Webb and his partners expect increased traffic come spring, when they hear the bowling alley at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe will be closing for renovation.

The trio rehired about three-fourths of the former Pali Lanes staff. “;We had a couple that decided to retire, and a couple had found other jobs,”; and they have received about 50 applications. “;Unfortunately we're only going to be able to hire a very few people,”; he said.

Reopening the bar will have to wait until the partners obtain a new liquor license.

Pali Lanes will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, Webb said.


A new farmers' market will debut in Waikiki this Aloha Friday afternoon at King's Village Shopping Center, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Organizers hope it will attract local residents as well as visitors.

Eight to 10 tables of local produce and other vendors offering hot food items, local breads and other comestibles will be set up for business from 4 to 9 p.m., said Sheryl Siu, Hyatt director of retail operations.

The first shoppers are likely to be visitors, but as more people become aware of the event each week, “;local residents around the area can depend on it being there,”; she said.

Shoppers are encouraged to linger long enough or come early enough to watch the changing of the guard ceremony by the King's Guard at 6:15 p.m.

The ceremony is the longest-running daily event in Waikiki, according to the shopping center's Web site.

“;They're led by Paul Naki,”; Siu said. “;It's a very disciplined group. ... They're very dedicated and we're glad to have them.”;

Admission to the farmers' market and the King's Guard's drill exhibition is free.

King's Village Shopping Center, at 131 Kaiulani Ave., has eight restaurants and 24 retail shops as well as the King's Guard Museum.

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