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The urban huakaʻi (field trip) began with a tour of the retail complex, SALT at Our Kakaʻako. The experience helped students understand how Our Kakaʻako will benefit all of Hawaiʻi.

KSK middle schoolers witness the innovation and impact of Our Kaka 'ako

May 17, 2016

Contributed by Aron Dote

KS Kapālama eighth graders had the opportunity to experience the growing urban community of Our Kakaʻako on a recent huaka‘i (field trip). The students spent their day meeting with an array of unique business and organizations.

The students started their day at the retail complex SALT at Our Kakaʻako and later broke off into individual classes to tour the neighborhood, visiting some of its innovative businesses along the way.

The haumāna met with the owners of Highway Inn, Paiko, Street Grindz, and POW! WOW! HAWAII – which orchestrates an annual culture, music and art event. The day ended with a sit-down kūkākūkā (discussion) with special guest, KS Trustee Lance Wilhelm.

“There are many amazing, innovative, and exciting things happening in Kakaʻako now,” said Wilhelm to the keiki. “Kakaʻako is a place for all of you. The completion of Kakaʻako will fall into your generation’s hands.”

The urban tour helped students understand how Our Kakaʻako will benefit all of Hawaiʻi.

“I really enjoyed visiting Kakaʻako and learning about the purpose of Our Kakaʻako,” said eighth grader Teiana Gonsalves.  “It’s nice to know that all this development isn’t solely for money, but for the people of Hawaiʻi.

“When I think of Kakaʻako, I think ‘community-oriented.’ Everyone works together and contributes to the Kakaʻako community. All the local family businesses buy produce and goods from other local family businesses. “Thank you to everyone who made our field trip possible and I can’t wait to go again!”

Read more student comments on the KSK Middle School Pūʻulu Kukui blog.

A KS commercial real estate project, SALT at Our Kakaʻako is a community gathering place in the urban heart of Kakaʻako with a mix of eclectic eateries and retail shops. Located on the Honolulu city block bordered by Ala Moana Boulevard and Coral, Auahi, and Keawe streets, SALT at Our Kakaʻako creates the incremental returns that will impact the growing Native Hawaiian learner population.

About SALT

SALT at Our Kakaʻako was named after the salt ponds that once dotted the region. The commercial complex, located at Keawe and Auahi streets, features buildings most of which were adaptively reused to preserve the area’s history and sense of place.

The 65,000 square-foot project will house an eclectic mix of roughly 50 local retailers, eateries and boutiques. It will also include 20,000 square feet of creative places and open gathering spaces.

Projects like SALT at Our Kakaʻako support Goals 3 and 4 located in Kūhanauna of SP2020.

Students interacted with area business owners including food truck entrepreneur Poni Askew of Street Grindz.

Artist Jasper Wong of POW! WOW! HAWAII gives students the lowdown on the annual culture, music and art event.

The day culminated with lunch and a sit-down kūkākūkā (discussion) with KS Trustee Lance Wilhelm.

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