Pay attention to Kaka’ako. The historically commercial and industrial neighborhood southeast of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, is in the midst of a rapid transformation. Pop-up restaurants, eccentric boutiques, and craft breweries are sprouting like banyan roots, just ahead of larger-scale residential and mixed-use developments.

Our Kaka’ako, a group led by Kamehameha Schools, is working to remake nine city blocks and support what has become a hub for urban thinkers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Kaka’ako Agora is one of many adaptive reuse projects designed to use space creatively and foster that community.

Spearheaded by arts collective Interisland Terminal, the indoor park provides a completely open but sheltered gathering place during the day and event space at night. The team added a mezzanine but left much of the space bare to provide for a variety of uses.

Check out more photos and concept models below.

Kakaako Agora angle shot

Kakaako Agora half shot


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