Its ancient salt ponds and hardworking 19th-century communities have vanished, but this industrial and commercial Honolulu hub is erupting with activity. As landowners redevelop retail and erect condo towers, local artists, chefs, and entrepreneurs are launching creative ventures in repurposed warehouses bedecked with vibrant murals. How Kaka‘ako evolves and shapes 21st-century O‘ahu is on everyone’s radar.
Kaka‘ako Agora, a 3,225-square-foot community arts venue, hosts art displays and performances. 441 Cooke Street. kakaakoagora.org.
Military memorabilia, period music, and craft beer meet at Brewseum, which is open to the public. 901 Waimanu Street. 808-396-8112; brewseums.com.
Artists, boutiques, and food vendors populate the monthly Honolulu Night Market, which is punctuated by street fashion shows and live music. Corner of Cooke and Auahi streets. honolulunightmarket.com.
Stunning “kimono couture” fashions worn by such notables as Vanna White and Mikhail Baryshnikov are sold at Anne Namba Designs. 324 Kamani Street. 808-589-1135; annenamba.com.
Fishcake—part furniture and gift store, part art gallery, and Morning Glass Coffee satellite—sources vintage and contemporary home pieces. 307-C Kamani Street. 808-593-1231; fishcake.us.
Paiko botanical boutique helps people create art from nature with DIY potting and terrarium bars, specialty cut flowers, easy-to-care-for air plants and succulents—and Brue Bar coffee inside. 675 Auahi Street. 808-988-2165; paikohawaii.com.
Head to 53 by the Sea at the old John Dominis site for the three-course lunch, house-made pastas, and show-stealing Diamond Head view. 53 ‘Ahui Street. 808-536-5353; 53bythesea.com.
Fresh Café’s original spot serves tasty breakfast and lunch fare, smoothies, and coffee. 831 Queen Street. 808-688-8055; freshcafehi.com.
Inspired cocktails, elegant tapas, and an outdoor patio summon lively gatherings at Bevy. 675 Auahi Street, Suite 130. 808-594-7445; bevyhawaii.com.
Stay traditional with a beef stew, fresh laulau, or kalua pig combo plate at Highway Inn’s second location. 680 Ala Moana Boulevard, #105. 808-954-4955; myhighwayinn.com.