PA‘AKAI MARKETPLACE AT SALT AT OUR KAKA‘AKO SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS, EMBRACES HAWAIIAN CULTURE, FEBRUARY 17
KAKA‘AKO, HI �" Pa‘akai Marketplace, the monthly series spotlighting unique local products and Hawaiian culture at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, takes place on Friday, February 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. This collaboration with PAʻI Foundation �" a Hawaiian arts and culture preservation organization �" brings MAMo artists, crafters and cultural practitioners to Our Kaka‘ako, giving attendees a chance to shop from developing local entrepreneurs.
The free event also welcomes musicians Danny Carvalho and Kapena providing live entertainment, and offers plenty of parking available in the SALT at Our Kaka‘ako parking structure accessible from Keawe Street. Families, people of all ages and pets are welcome to the open-air marketplace. Visitors are encouraged to come browse, shop and explore both Pa‘akai Marketplace and the merchants and restaurants of SALT at Our Kaka‘ako.
“Pa‘akai Marketplace at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako embodies so much of what we believe in, supporting growth and creative commerce in the urban neighborhood of Our Kaka‘ako,” said Kelley Nakano, General Manager of SALT at Our Kaka‘ako. “We are fortunate that PAʻI Foundation brings those who honor and preserve the culture of Hawai‘i to connect with the community.”
A variety of merchants participate in Pa‘akai Marketplace including Brandon Souza of Mauka Man Brand Co., Kim and Tony Fallas of Beachwalk Gallery Hawaii, Jake Pacarro of Kāne Clothing Co., Tanya Uyehara of Lahaʻole Designs and Jake Ho of TRADES Hawaii, with other new and returning merchants featured each month.
“The values of PA‘I Foundation and SALT at Our Kaka‘ako come to life at Pa‘akai Marketplace,” said Victoria Holt Takamine, Executive Director of PA‘I Foundation. “Our foundation is dedicated to preserving our unique and rich cultural heritage for future generations.”
“SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is a community with a strong sense of kuleana �" responsibility �" to its roots, which go back to the salt marshes that were once part of the Kaka‘ako area,” said Takamine, who was named the 2016 USA Doris Duke Fellow of Traditional Arts by United States Artists.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako underwent an exciting transformation in 2016, with many new establishments including Moku Kitchen, Milo HNL, Bevy Market and Treehouse recently joining the acclaimed merchants at this reconceptualized district of Our Kaka‘ako. With no sign of slowing down, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako looks forward to continuing to grow and flourish in 2017. 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
Friday, 17 February, 2017
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