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Monday, January 22, 2018


Last year in September I took a walk through the village of Kakaako where I grew up, and titled it:

Ah, what memories of the Manapua Man...Ice Man...Tofu Man...Fish Truck.  I walked barefeet until high school.  I went to Muriel Pre-school, where I once escaped from sheer boredom.  Chow fun cost 5 cents, and I just read they added dried shrimp, which is why it tasted so good and how perhaps I got my crustacean allergy.  

Bon dances, mochi thrown from newly christened sampan boats and watching boxing matches almost across the street at Kewalo Club.    The Woody Woodpecker Saturday morning gathering at the Kewalo Theater.  Close by was the Japanese after school where I refused to learn the language because this was soon after World War II and I wanted to be an American.  On to Pohukaina Elementary, which later closed down, and might return in a few years on the same grounds, within the tallest building in Hawaii, being planned here, where the school will occupy a few lower floors.

So, anyway, I returned yesterday with the 15 Craigside Photo Club to my original home, Kakaako.  Using a 1927 map...

...we started at Kawaihao Mini Park just above Tsunkenjo on Cooke street, walked makai, turned left (Diamond Head direction) at Ilaniwai, made a detour up and down on Kamani, walked around the now abuilding Ke Kilohana, ewa on Halekauwila, makai on Ahui (where I lived), ewa on Pohukaina, and so forth, ending at Mother Waldron's Park.  Here are the photos I took, and they explain themselves:

Wilbur, Gordon and Eric above.

Above, the former Ching Store at Queen/Kamani, owned by a relative of Eric.

Down the road in the Diamond Head direction are the multiplying high rises, with Duck Butt, yes, Duck Butt, a restaurant to the right.

The Ke Kilohana condo is coming up, surrounded by artwork:

Ironically, two stop signs at the corner of Ward and Ilaniwai, complaining that Kakaako is being overbuilt:

See that 522?  I lived at 524A Ahui Street from birth to 15.

Where that piece of art above is now once was Red and White Kamaboko factory on Ahui close to where I lived.  Below, heading ewa on Pohukaina St.

Note those NO PARKING signs defacing this work of art above.

Then makai on Ohe Lane to Auahi Street.

Above and below at Ala Moana Boulevard.

Now back on Auahi:

Kathy waving her hand in front of the hand:

Kamehameha Schools have re-invigorated Kakaako with a new restaurant and market block bordered by Auahi, Keawe, Coral and Ala Moana:

That's our van, with Wilbur.  I've shown you the artwork outside of Salt.  Inside, you will find Butcher & Bird, 1818 Fine Men's Ssalons, 9Bar HNL, Bevy, Bevy Market, The Boiling Crab, Butterfly Ice Cream, Gillia, Hank's Haute Dogs, Happiness U, Highway Inn, Hungry Ear Records, Insomnia, J' BBQ and Grill, Juicd Life, Lanikai Juice, Lash Love Beauty Lounge, Lonohana Estate Chocolate, Looney and Associates, Milo, Moku Kitchen, Morning Brew, Mr. Tea Cafe, Orangetheory Fitness, Paiko, Pioneer Saloon, Pitch Sports Bar, Urban Island Society, Six Eighty Lobby, Sprint, Starbucks, Treehouse, Village Bottle Shop and Tasting Room and Vein at Kakaako.  When did all this happen???

Now walking towards the old Pohukaina School, where Fisher Hawaii is located:

At 690 Pohukaina Street will be the tallest building in Hawaii, one and a half times higher than the First Hawaiian Bank building, maybe.

To end, a few more works of art:

Above, Scott Kubo, our mentor from the Honolulu Museum of Art.  Here is the photo he took while I was photographing him (note that you see me in this shot):

Finally, roses and Mother Waldron Park:

Mother Waldron was a beloved 4th grade teacher at Pohukaina School.

Some time soon, take this one hour walk through the most artistic section of Honolulu, for now.  Then visit Salt.  I should warn you to go now, for these murals gracing these buildings will not be around too long.  The entire area will soon be re-developed.

The Dow Jones Industrials again broke its all-time high, now at 26,215.  It was also a good day for President Donald Trump.


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