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Top Things to Do in Oahu: Exploring Kakaako

Kakaako is just minutes from Waikiki and possesses an entertaining and artistic appeal. Once filled with salt ponds and fishponds in ancient Hawaii, the fishing village transformed into an industrial and residential community in the early 1800s. Then, in the mid-1900s, the neighborhood transitioned into a commercial district, with warehouses and small businesses filling up the city blocks.

Today, the neighborhood continues to evolve, with small businesses, restaurants and bars and creative art communities emerging in the up-and-coming neighborhood. Plans for high-rise condominiums and green spaces are underway to turn the area into a walkable and sustainable community.

The heart of Kakaako lies between Auahi, Keawe and Coral streets, where free WiFi is available for nine city blocks. Explore the developing neighborhood and take in street murals, where 38 walls are repainted every year by visiting and local artists through "POW! WOW! Hawaii". Tour the area as it continues to transform and enjoy the seeds of the growing community. 

Honolulu Night Market

Tucked on Cooke Street is Kakaako's reoccuring indoor and outdoor pop-up block party, typically featuring food trucks, local retail vendors, live music, art demonstrations and fashion shows showcasing local designers. Check their website for upcoming events. 

Art & Flea

Dubbed an “event for creatives by creatives,” Art & Flea’s monthly markets focus on art, fashion and music. It was also the first of its kind in Honolulu when the girl-power trio of Tiffany Tanaka, Aly Ishikuni and Nicole Franco founded it in 2010.


One of the first cocktail bars in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Kakaako, this neighborhood watering hole serves up farm-to-table handcrafted drinks, created by well-known mixologist and co-owner Christian Self.

REAL a gastropub

Open in 2012, this Kakaako bar features 33 rotating taps, over 250 bottled beers and a full cocktail bar. This pub specializes in providing the largest selection of craft beers on the island, often featuring labels that can't be found elsewhere in Oahu.

Highway Inn

Highway Inn has been in business now for 68 years, serving traditional Hawaiian, local and American food.

Kincaid's Fish, Chop & Steak House

Locals flock here after work for pau hana (happy hour) specials. Go there early to grab a table by the window, and enjoy views of Ala Moana Beach Park and the menu selections of fresh fish, raw oysters on the half-shell, steaks and chops.

Ward Village

Minutes from Waikiki, the popular Ward Village offers more than 140 shops, 22 award-winning restaurants, and a state-of-the-art 16-screen cinema and entertainment center.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

In 2010, the 110-year old Honolulu Symphony Orchestra folded, but was later revived and renamed as the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

Hawaii Children's Discovery Center

Children are endlessly entertained with the hands-on learning offered at the Discovery Center. Art In The Park happens every Wednesday from 11 am-noon, and the center encourages you and your child to “drop in” and learn. Storytelling workshops and long-term programs are also popular.

The Hang Out

Get wrapped up with aerial yoga as The Hang Out takes your favorite workout to new heights. While suspended from the ceiling, the Antigravity hammock allows you to use your body weight to stretch, twist and flip through the air with just a thin piece of fabric. Not to fear, the hammock is equipped to carry over 1,000 pounds.