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The New Downtown: Honolulu

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To experience Honolulu like a local, you’ll want to look beyond the iconic beaches and hotels of Waikiki, and zero in on Kakaako, a nine-square-block hub between the Ala Moana and downtown neighborhoods that buzzes with creativity. It’s where Honolulu’s innovative artists, chefs, and entrepreneurs congregate—and embrace a distinctive urban-island spirit. You’ll find it in the streetwear boutiques, the cocktail bars, and the galleries. See how Hawaii’s past and future come together in Kakaako.
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1438 Kona St # B, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Growing from a cool hat brand into a leading representative of Hawaiian streetwear, Fitted appeals to island youth while emphasizing culture and history. Founded in 2005 by ex pro-skater Rene Matthyssen and former Tori Richard designer Keola Naka’...
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412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
The 112-room Surfjack Hotel channels 1960’s Hawaii, with vintage upholstery on the headboards, reed ceilings, and midcentury modern furnishings. The onsite Swim Club, with its outdoor pool bar, hosts music events and movie nights....
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Honolulu, HI, USA
Duck inside this warehouse on Lana Lane for a crash course on the varied Kakaako art scene. An artist collective that spans media and genres, Lana Lane Studios provides space for creative types to collaborate and learn from each other. The artists...
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32 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
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Coffee shop by day; cocktail bar and artist space by night; and, sometimes, nightclub by late night. That’s the winning recipe at Manifest, which is one of a handful of bars driving Honolulu’s cocktail culture into exciting new territory. Here,...
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Honolulu, HI, USA
Billed as Hawaii’s favorite urban market, Art + Flea pops up for monthly cool-kid events. Most of the vendors sell original, locally made designs, whether newly created or vintage. Live part and music performances lend a festive vibe and let...