Kamehameha Schools and Interisland Terminal celebrated the opening of Kakaako Agora on Sunday , Honolulu’s first urban, indoor public park. The unique 3,225-square foot space located at 441 Cooke Street was designed by noted Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow.
“Kakaako Agora is a perfect fit for Our Kakaako,” noted Christian O’Connor, Senior Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools. “It will inspire artistic collaborations and continue to foster the kind of innovation and creativity that the community is known for.”
Once an empty warehouse, Kakaako Agora is now a free, publicly accessible, shaded community gathering spot that includes a 687-square feet mezzanine. The space was built over the course of two months by several local organizations including Collab Studios, Sunworks Construction, Heavy Metal Hawaii, Hui Kū Maoli Ola.
From June 9 – 28, Kakaako Agora will house June Kaboom, nightly performances, speakers and film screenings hosted by Kumu Kahua Theatre, Hawaii Opera Theatre, POW! WOW! Hawai‘i, ii Gallery, ‘Ōiwi TV, Taiko Center of the Pacific and others. The space is available for the public to use from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday.
Atelier Bow-Wow was founded in 1992 by architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. The firm has designed and built houses, public and commercial buildings as well as innovative public spaces around the globe. The duo, who are married, are best known for their surprising, idiosyncratic, yet functional residential projects in dense urban environments. They coined the term “pet architecture” to describe the odd but functional little buildings wedged into tiny sites around Tokyo.
For more information about Kakaako Agora, visit ourkakaako.com/kakaakoagora.
Photos by Burt Lum/Bytemarks on Instagram.