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Kakaako Agora is Honolulu’s first indoor public park

Photo by Burt Lum/Bytemarks on Instagram

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.

Kakaako the Focus of Civil Cafe

Kamehameha Schools’ plans for Kakaako were the focus of the latest “Civil Cafe,” a periodic discussion series hosted by Civil Beat.

“The state’s largest private landowner has big plans to transform Kakaako from a warehouse district into a vibrant community, and has been working to gain support from a community that is suspicious of the outsized development projects taking place in Honolulu’s urban core,” notes Civil Beat. “Kamehameha Schools, which is a charitable trust that also operates as an educational institution, uses 98 percent of returns from its $10 billion endowment to succeed in its mission to educate Native Hawaiians. The trust owns 52 acres in Kakaako, a neighborhood that is expected to grow from 20,000 residents in 2010 to 30,000 residents in 2030.”

Read the write up and social media stream here, or watch the entire panel discussion and Q&A on YouTube:

Skip to 23 minutes and 20 seconds of the upload, as it includes several minutes of setup.

Photos by P.F. Bentley/Civil Beat and Mike Webb/@gmikewebb.

‘Out Of The Office’ pop-up coworking on Friday

#OOTOOahu business professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and others looking for a change in corporate scenery are invited to bring their laptops and notebooks to Kakaako this Friday, March 14, for the first #OOTO (Out of the Office) co-working event.

While collaborating in a unique shared space that inspires creativity and productivity, participants can try out the new Kakaako area WiFi, offering download speeds and upload speeds several times faster than most business and residential internet service.

The Pinch of Salt warehouse will be outfitted with individual work spaces, quite zones, community spaces, and a “playground” area for creative stimulation. And Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi’s Pili Group will serve up lunch, treats, and array of caffeinated drinks to promote high-productivity for office escapees.

Event Highlights:

  • Creative and comfortable working spaces
  • Playground area will feature TVs, foosball table, and team building games
  • Pili Group featuring Mark Noguchi will be selling food, coffee, tea, lemonade and smoothies
  • #OOTO workers are invited to enjoy pau hana at the neighborhood watering hole, Bevy


  • When: Friday, March 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Pinch of Salt Warehouse on Auahi Street (Behind Starbucks on Ala Moana Boulevard)

Street parking is available, with limited parking also available at the former CompUSA lot.

Photos courtesy Our Kakaako.

DSLR Video Workshop by Hawaii Shoots

HDSLR Workshop by Hawaii ShootsTime to unwrap those brand new DSLR cameras received as presents over the holidays and put it to good use! Cinematographer Jeremy Snell and Brad Watanabe of Berad Studio will be teaching an introductory workshop to get you started, get you motivated, and get you shooting.

The event, “HDSLR Workshop – Learn How to Shoot Video With Your DSLR Camera,” is organized by Hawaii Shoots, Watanabe’s collaborative and community entity. The workshop will teach beginners and amateurs alike about how to utilize a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera to shoot creative videos and share amazing stories.

Instructors Snell and Watanabe are Hawaii-based professionals who have extensive experience in the video production industry. Snell is a portrait, commercial and humanitarian cinematographer who often travels the world working for nonprofits aspiring to educate and help people through his portraiture work. Watanabe is owner and director of Berad Studio, a video production company. His blog, Hawaii Shoots, explores and features work shot and produced in Hawaii and serves as a community site that encourages collaboration and dialogue among video production professionals in all disciplines.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Box Jelly in Kaka‘ako. The price to attend is $15. For more information go to www.hawaiishoots.com or call 808-469-2371.

Eventbrite Registration

Via Kaia Consulting.

Panel to Explore Intellectual Property for Creators


Interisland Terminal is hosting a special event tonight for local creatives and creators. “Intellectual Property for Artists” will take place at its R&D location at 961 Auahi Street at 4 p.m.

The panel features:

  • Sharon Webb, Esq., Honolulu Arts and IP attorney
  • Mark Bernstein, Esq., Honolulu Arts and IP attorney
  • Robert Saarnio, Director of Development, UH Foundation
  • Ola Rapozo, designer and owner, Fitted Hawaii
  • David Deluca, Executive Director, Bess Press

The official event announcement reads:

Have questions about the intellectual property you create with your art? Set aside a litte time on Saturday to come to R&D and engage with this panel of experts and creatives who want to help YOU navigate the issues.

Virtually all creators, as well as arts and cultural organizations, are faced today with licensing opportunities both as the owner (licensor) and potential licensee of intellectual property. Understanding licensing has never been more important, and various issues arising out of contractual licensing arrangements will be addressed from the perspective of both parties.

This R&D program will focus on intellectual property (IP) law, with a primer on some of the more pressing legal concerns for artists and creatives today, such as the distinction between ideas and expression, the use of appropriated images and text, as well as fair use.

UFC Gym Hawaii Opens Monday

UFC Gym Hawaii Website

First announced last May, UFC Gym Hawaii will open for business on Monday. The facility, located at 660 Ala Moana Blvd. in Kakaako, is part of a network of gyms founded by Hawaii-born mixed martial artist B.J. Penn.

“B.J. Penn is an icon in his home state and we’re thrilled to open a signature U.F.C. Gym with his name on it,” said spokesman Mark Mastrov in a statement.

B.J. Penn’s Hawaii UFC gym opening Monday

The 37,000 square-foot facility, owned by Kamehameha Schools , is the fifth UFC Gym and joins the collection of clubs on the mainland in four cities in California.

The partnership with Penn, a Hilo native and two-division UFC champion, is the first of its kind for the brand.

“I’ve always dreamed of putting my name on a gym in my homeland of Hawaii and I’m so grateful that I finally have the opportunity to do so with my partners at UFC Gym,” Penn said in a statement. “My new signature gym is not a traditional health club or just a fight club, but it offers all the tools you and your family needs to get results.”

A Look Inside the New UFC Gym

Located at the old Pipeline Cafe location the facility underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and now features top of the line equipment including 82 workout/weight machines, 82 cardio machines and 30 bikes for cycling.

“We have an indoor turf track that is about 35 yards so its like a football field, so guys can do agility work. We have these row machines and the big monster in the house is the octagon, no gym has that here,” says UFC Gym general manager Les Tin.

It’s not just about fitness its also about building self esteem and learning self defense.

Kakaako Gets Certified Organic Rooftop Farm

FarmRoof Founder Alan Joaquin | Photo by Burt Lum

Rooftop gardens have been around for millenia, but have seen a revival in urban centers around the world for being good for local agriculture, health, and the environment. Here on Oahu, a Waimanalo-based company is taking things to the next level.

FarmRoof, founded three years ago by Kaiser High School grad Alan Joaquin, hosted an opening ceremony on Wednesday for its new, 38,000-square-foot farm atop the former CompUSA building on Ala Moana Boulevard. Check out photos from the event, courtesy Burt Lum.

The company says the facility is the state’s first USDA certified-organic commercial urban rooftop farm. The installation follows the successful 600-square-foot farm atop Sweet Home Waimanalo market and cafe.

FarmRoof has developed a proprietary system that includes lightweight soil and a specific mix of nutrients, minerals, and microorganisms. It weighs under five-pounds per square foot and can be installed on most buildings with a flat roof.

Construction of the new farm began this week, but FarmRoof expects to deliver its first produce by next month. The Honolulu location will grow mustard greens, heirloom kale, arugula, which will be sold to local restaurants, retailers, as well as members of the community.

FarmRoof focuses on Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, which include membership-based food networks. The FarmRoof CSA will offer a four-week subscription for $40 with Friday pickups.

Joaquin had previously developed a similar modular garden system called the ‘Wiki Garden.’ In addition to FarmRoof, he is also the president of Enviro-Tech BioSolutions and a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines. He’s married to television reporter Tanya Joaquin.