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.