July 17, 2013: Lewers street in Waikiki is shut down tonight to shoot scenes for the new Godzilla film, which is set to release next May. There were about 300 extras for a chase scene in the movie. Photo by Jamm Aquino Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser
Walking along downtown’s Merchant Street is like stepping into 1920s Honolulu, surrounded by Renaissance-revival buildings like the Kamehameha V Post Office (now Kumu Kahua Theatre) and the Yokohama Specie Bank (the Cole Academy). The frozen-in-time feeling is no accident; in 1973, the 70-acre district between Nuuanu Avenue and Fort Street was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.