SALT at Our Kakaako is an 85,000 square-feet of assembled mixed-use space, retail, and restaurants. It is an energetic city block created for exploration and engagement. This venue is influenced by artists, chefs, and local entrepreneurs who are ardent about their craft. SALT is Kaka’ako’s epicenter for local culture, food, shopping, and innovative events.
Our Kaka’ako is a project, both residential and commercial, led by Kamehameha Schools. Its goal is to improve Hawaii’s urban-island lifestyle by granting creativity, raising modernization, and developing a truly unique, local community with walkable, sustainable, people-friendly neighborhoods.
Kamehameha Schools is a private, charitable educational trust bestowed by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop – great-granddaughter and last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Kamehameha Schools is devoted to the smart, progressive, and culturally appropriate protection of the land and the development of Our Kaka’ako lives up to that commitment.
Culture & History
Back in ancient times, the neighborhood of Kaka’ako encompassed of salt ponds, fishing villages, and fish ponds. Native Hawaiians valued pa’akai (salt) like gold and so Kaka’ako salt ponds were treasured.
Residential constructions began in the 1800’s and diverse settlements of immigrant grew. Then Kaka’ako saw its beginning of industrial roots with the founding of the Honolulu Iron Works, a metal foundry and machine shop. Soon, stores, churches, schools, and parks were built. Kaka’ako grew and became a community of blue-collar work ethic, social activism, and families.
Businesses expanded in the mid-1900’s as the zoning for Kaka’ako changed from residential to commercial. Industrial businesses, warehousing, and wholesaling increased associating with the urban Kaka’ako we are acquainted with.
The progression of Kaka’ako continues with SALT – built on the hard-working enterprising character of the past. The open design of it is inspired by Kaka’ako’s history. Businesses, restaurants, and shops of SALT continue to honor the spirit of the past while re-conceptualizing for Honolulu’s future.
SALT at Our Kakaako is an extraordinary venue that exhibits the urban-island culture. From the newest and hottest eateries to one-of-a-kind events, SALT is a local gathering place to eat, shop, experience culture and art, and have fun.
For more information, visit www.saltatkakaako.com.
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