Artsy Aloha

Honolulu’s Kaka’ako neighborhood is a hub for great art, sips, and eats

Where do a city’s artists, designers, and chefs flock when rent skyrockets? Manhattan had Brooklyn; San Francisco had Oakland. For Honolulu, it is the mural-splashed, nine-block area known as Kaka’ako. On a smaller scale than the aforementioned, it’s no less creative. New businesses, galleries, and restaurants are transforming vacant spaces into a handcrafted playground. The neighborhood is a particularly happening scene one Saturday each month.

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A night market

Held the third Saturday of every month, the Honolulu Night Market is a stomping ground for musicians, DJs, fashion models, artists, chefs and, of course, food trucks. The Pig and the Lady, a Vietnamese restaurant run by Chef Andrew Le, dishes out bun bowls with vermicelli noodle salad and bánh mì sandwiches with a twist. Hawaiian stylist Tyson Joines has debuted fashion shows at past markets, and Indigo Elixirs features Hawaiian-grown salves, venom vials (custom-mixed perfumes), skin care, and cheek and lip stains.

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A night out

The work of artists from the PRESENT Project are also shown at the night market. But if you’re not in O’ahu for the grand slam, you can visit the 445/449 Cooke Street warehouses that hold events throughout the month. For sustenance, Bevy’s super-creative cocktails and tapas hit the spot. Deal alert: $1 oysters during happy hour! Old benches are reupholstered with denim jeans, and bar stools from a 19th-century Chicago blacksmith shop have been turned into light fixtures.

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