KAKA‘AKO, HI (March 10, 2017) – Pa‘akai Marketplace at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako expands to a two-day event, on March 17 and 18, with a fashion show both nights by acclaimed Hawaiʻi stylist Ari South. The marketplace, held every third Friday and Saturday of the month, brings Native Hawaiian artists and merchants to Our Kaka‘ako to feature locally-made products. The free event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. both nights and includes live music.
South, who rose to fame on “Project Runway,” showcases her inspired fashion designs, with jewelry provided by Piʻialiʻi Lawson. Lawson, a respected teacher of lau hala weaving, is known for his handcrafted modern and traditional Hawaiian lau hala jewelry and accessories.
“This will be a fantastic fashion show. Ari and Piʻialiʻi are wonderful examples of the Pa‘akai Marketplace ʻohana that we bring to the community each month. We also have a variety of artists and cultural practitioners, with everything from locally-made clothing, jewelry, beauty products and more,” said Vicky Holt Takamine, Executive Director of PA‘I Foundation, a Hawaiian arts and culture preservation organization.
As a collaboration between Kamehameha Schools and the PA‘I Foundation, the family and pet-friendly Pa‘akai Marketplace is part of an educational entrepreneurial program that is grounded in Hawaiian culture to support Hawaii’s local startup retail business.
“Our monthly events are the perfect time to discover SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, whether families are enjoying Pa’akai Marketplace or the variety of merchants and restaurants,” said Staci Balmoja, of the SALT at Our Kakaʻako management office. “Those who enjoy a fun nightlife can even check out the SALT Bar Crawl. We have it all, here at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako.”
Parking for both Pa‘akai Marketplace and the SALT Bar Crawl is available in the SALT at Our Kaka‘ako parking structure, accessible from Keawe Street.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is constantly growing, with exciting new establishments and events for the community to enjoy. SALT at Our Kaka‘ako looks forward to continuing to grow and flourish in the upcoming months. For more information, please visit www.saltatkakaako.com.
About SALT at Our Kaka‘ako
Named after the paʻakai (Hawaiian for “salt”) ponds that once dotted the low-lying wetlands of this area, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is Honolulu’s innovative epicenter for local culture, food, shopping, and events. Comprising 85,000 square feet of a dynamic mixture of local small business and national brands, SALT is an urban city block designed for exploration and engagement for retail, restaurants, and services. This groundbreaking gathering place in the heart of Our Kakaʻako is where new makers and new ideas converge.
Owned by Kamehameha Schools, revenues generated from SALT at Our Kakaʻako fund educational opportunities for more than 48,000 learners and caregivers annually through three campuses on the O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai'i island; 30 preschools statewide, literacy instruction and support in more than 200 public school classrooms; financial and educational support for 17 Hawaiian-focused public charter schools; and collaborations with 50 additional organizations throughout the state. www.saltatkakaako.com
About Our Kakaʻako
Our Kaka‘ako encompasses nine city blocks in the heart of Kaka‘ako centered around the arts, culture and creative hub on Auahi, Keawe and Coral streets. It’s an emerging epicenter for Hawai'i’s urban-island culture that is an incubator for a variety of artists, chefs, influencers and entrepreneurs. Rooted in Hawaiian cultural values, Our Kakaʻako is built on empowering creativity, cultivating innovation and building a truly unique, local community. www.ourkakaako.com
About Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter and last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I.
The mission of Kamehameha Schools is to improve the capability and well-being of Native Hawaiians. Kamehameha Schools achieves their mission by operating an educational system serving over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on Oʻahu, Maui and Hawai'i island. Income generated from its Hawai'i real estate and portfolio of diverse financial investments fund 96% of the Schools’ educational mission. www.ksbe.edu