Exploring Kaka’ako

Last weekend I had the pleasure of catching up with two photographer friends for separate explorations of the Kaka’ako area of Honolulu.  This area is symbolic of the growth and development of the city and we found an urban landscape that has changed dramatically over the years.

Block upon block of warehouses have become a canvas for street art that is created and celebrated during the annual PowWow! event.   Large scale street art covers almost every flat vertical surface in the area and it is such fun to see what is around every corner.

This small scale work made me stop for a second look – a big grin spread across my face and then I chuckled.  I love the sense of humor in this piece of street art found in an out of the way corner on one of the warehouses.  It would have been so easy to miss and I’m so glad it caught my eye!

A number of the warehouses in Kaka’ako have given way to condos and very modern mixed uses spaces.  Call it an urban revitalization or gentrification – old sits side by side with modern and new but it all seems to work together.  It seems as if the whole area has been given a new coat of paint…

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