Kakaako

LG Josh Green

People living on the sidewalks is hard to get used to, yet Hawai‘i residents on every island see it every day.  Recently back from a statewide homeless tour, Lt. Governor Josh Green says two new initiatives on O‘ahu hold promise for making a difference. H4 services and the Kauhale housing initiative would dovetail with successful programs already underway.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Honolulu welcomes an expected 300 mayors this week for the 87th U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Eight resolutions at the conference take aim at homelessness and housing affordability. They include one sponsored by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who presides over one of the worst homeless situations in the country. That crisis is playing out on the streets in Kaka’ako, where major sweeps have been underway. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Despite concerns, last Saturday’s Keiki Swap Meet at the Children’s Discovery Center went off without a hitch, the Center says, right in a park known for homeless activity. Homeless residents in the area have begun holding weekly cleanups, attending Neighborhood Board meetings, and reaching out to the Center, and others. Here, meet Aura Reyes, a leader of Ka Po‘e o Kaka‘ako, a hui working toward a permanent community shelter arrangement.

Pu'uhonua o Waianae
Pu'uhonua o Waianae

In January, Loretta Yajima, board chairwoman of the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center warned the center may be forced to close due to drugs, filth and violence nearby in Kaka‘ako Makai. Sweeps of the homeless continue, but she says conditions have improved and the center will hold its popular Keiki Swap Meet Saturday, June 15, in the park.  

Hawaii Department of Transportation

Maui Car Rentals; Kakaako Highrise; Changing Political Attitudes; HOT's La Traviata

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Two dogs attacked a mother and her 1 1/2-year-old daughter last week near the Children's Discovery Center in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu.

Honoka`a High School

Community Vigil; Drone Training; Kokua Market; Mentoring H.S. Musicians

Ola Ka Ilima Artspace/Urban Works
Ola Ka Ilima Artspace/Urban Works

Abandoned buildings, urban blight, it’s common knowledge now that undesirable neighborhoods with low rental rates attract artists and creatives.   What tends to follow, are eating places, galleries, bars---and gentrification, which ends up pushing the artists out.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, an 84 unit, affordable, live/work rental space for artists is coming up in Kaka‘ako.

Catherine Cruz

 There are roads across the state that are in limbo because no one can agree who owns them. A  drawn-out legal battle over disputed roads in Kakaako has taken a turn and has some questioning why it's taken so long to resolve.

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2018 is shaping up to be a big year for locally owned Down to Earth. Editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more on the organic grocer’s expansion.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

A new car share program is gearing up for launch this summer in Honolulu. The Hui Car Share Program boasts all the benefits of owning a car without the cost or hassle. The program is still undergoing pilot testing, but as HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, this could be a game changer for transportation in urban Honolulu.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Pow!Wow! the annual mural painting invasion in Kaka‘ako opened big this past weekend.  They’re on a roll after ten successful festivals worldwide last year, and growing.  The idea of galvanizing international artists who paint hard at a huge scale, has proven to be an exciting Hawai‘i export.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Kūpuna in an affordable housing complex in Kaka‘ako were given quite the scare last week. They received notices that their rent would soon increase – some would even double. HPR Reporter Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi has more.

creative commons
creative commons

Tomorrow, Saturday, at 5pm, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is bringing musical fireworks and confetti to Kaka‘ako.  The popular Salt complex will host the full symphony, mixing the trendy pub and grinds atmosphere with masterworks from Bizet and Tchaikovsky and popular tunes like the  Harry Potter theme.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hawai‘i’s favorite maestro, JoAnn Falletta, will conduct the festive concert.

SOEST
SOEST

In a continuing discussion about climate change, there are  opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.  Today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa speaks with Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean at UH Mānoa, and a professor of geology and geophysics.  His research shows water creeping inland and seeping up into neighborhoods sooner than you might think.

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noe tanigawa

This day, December 7th, began with Japanese bombs and flames at Pearl Harbor in 1941, it was a pivotal event that prompted America’s entry into WWII.  Today, seventy six years later, people commemorate the fateful day in various ways.  As part of er series on local craft brewing, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes us to a small pub, the Brewseum, in Kaka‘ako where people sip home brews and marvel at unique WWII memorabilia.

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noe tanigawa

Matthew James combines painting and sculpture in his large three dimensional wall pieces.  You can see several around Honolulu now---the largest is a twenty-one by fifteen foot wall of blue wave patterns on the mauka side of Ala Moana Boulevard, on the Salt complex.  You can also see his work in Italy, Miami, New York City, Manila, Iceland, and other locations.  James left Hawai‘i for New York City seventeen years ago, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught him at his studio in Brooklyn for these reflections.

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noe tanigawa

Honolulu is having an art moment.  The Honolulu Biennial is raising awareness, new construction is providing opportunities, and established businesses are realizing art’s marketing potential.  Without the benefit of traditional galleries, an alternative infrastructure has been preparing artists for this moment.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa traces how choice pieces, many representing Hawai‘i’s  stories and culture, are appearing around town.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Over the past several years, the sharing economy has taken hold in cities across the country. One that could get more attention in Hawai‘i is the expansion of car sharing. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at what that might mean for one neighborhood in particular.

Kakaako Condos Lead Sales In June

Jul 21, 2016
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Flickr / jdnx

When it comes to Honolulu condominium sales, Ala Moana and Kaka‘ako remain king. That’s according to a new report that compares housing trends in neighborhoods across Oahu. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

The report, issued by the Honolulu Board of Realtors, found that condo sales in Ala Moana and Kaka‘ako were particularly strong last month. Compared to June of last year, sales for units rose by 42 percent. And the median sales price jumped nearly $300,000 —a 71 percent increase.

Roads in Limbo: Who Owns The Streets in Kakaako?

Mar 16, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

With several high-rise condominiums on the way, Kaka‘ako is a place in transition. As many as 30,000 new residents are expected to move in to the developing area over the next 15 years, with Honolulu’s rail project running right through the neighborhood. But there’s a problem with one basic piece of infrastructure: its roads. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama

 

 International attendance records in 2014 confirmed Yayoi Kusama as the world’s most popular artist, still, she is as mysterious as she is famous.  Her pieces often provoke giggles and audience participation, which makes the IBM building courtyard a conducive Honolulu venue.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Yayoi Kusama’s first showing here as a preview to the 2017 Honolulu Biennial.  

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Governor David Ige announced plans to clear new homeless camps in Kaka‘ako. The 130 people living on state park land will have three weeks to move before sweeps begin in November. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the Governor’s plan relies on help from those who work with the homeless. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Metered parking spaces in Kaka‘ako and downtown Honolulu were temporarily transformed on Friday into public spaces. It’s part of a national initiative called Park(ing) Day, meant to promote awareness of the importance of parks and green space in urban areas. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Justine Espiritu is at the intersection of Cooke and Auahi Street. She’s fashioning together a set of pallets to create a platform for what’s called a parklet. It’s a public space that can be used as a park, a place to display art…and pretty much anything else.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  The United Health Foundation ranks Hawai‘i number 1 among states in overall health, crediting us with double digit decreases in smoking and binge drinking in the last two years.  Still, 22% of Hawai‘i’s  population is considered obese, a situation three fitness buffs are trying to address.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports from Mother Waldron Park in Kaka‘ako.

Walking Tour Uses Voices of Kakaako to Rediscover Past

Aug 12, 2015
Michael Keany
Michael Keany

Kaka‘ako is a neighborhood in transition, but not for the first time. A different kind of walking tour highlights the sights and sounds of an older Kaka‘ako. HPR’s Molly Solomon hit the pavement and has this report.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Community Development Authority withheld a final decision on a project proposed by a major Kaka’ako developer to build affordable housing.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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  Pow!Wow! Hawai‘i is pressing on with its mission of igniting street art festivals around the world.  In March, Pow!Wow! staged its first event at the influential media mixer, South by Southwest.  Next month, Pow!Wow! rocks Long Beach, California.  Meanwhile, people continue to discover new paintings here in Kaka‘ako.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at one particular work, by Egyptian artist, Ganzeer.

HOT: Out of the Box

Mar 18, 2015
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   Adventuresome culture buffs have a new experience waiting as Hawai‘i Opera Theatre unveils its first production in Kaka‘ako.  The warehouse space that houses Night Market and other events will be transformed to tell a particularly contemporary tale of deceit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawai‘i Opera Theatre presents “Siren Song”, six performances only through March 29th.  Street Grindz vendors will offer refreshments.  

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Over the next couple decades, as many as 30 mid and high-rise buildings are expected to pop up in Kaka‘ako. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, art is often playing an important role in the marketing of this real estate.

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