Walking Honolulu's Queen Street

Where Honolulu’s urban past and future meet.


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The assortment of action figures at Kakaako Kool.

photos: david croxford


Taking a break with some Kool shave-ice, Fynn is a lucky boy.

 

 

Kakaako Kool

This is where the neighborhood’s workers go for snacks, shave ice, Star Wars action figures and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys. The marquee snack is a spicy papaya Spam musubi. The shave ice comes with a scoop of premium ice cream and fresh-made azuki beans. The toys—which include an impressive selection of Hot Wheels in their original packaging—reflect the interests of Keith Tanaka, the swap-meet junky who owns the place. 831 Queen St., 589-2488.

 

 

Transit Line on Queen

The planned 20-mile route of Honolulu’s rail system includes a fragment of Queen Street. The elevated train will meet Queen Street near Office Depot and run about a quarter of a mile to Waimanu Street.


Father Anatole heads a church named for the Mother of God (Theotokos) as depicted in an 11th-century Russian icon from a monastery in Iveron, Greece.

 

 

Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church

Hawaii’s only Russian Orthodox Church shares a building with a noodle factory, a licensed massage therapist and a music instructor. The church has just two assigned parking spots for its small congregation of Russian Orthodox faithful, who have to hunt for parking along Queen Street, which is never easy. “You know this area, it’s all the car fixer-upper places, and they take up the whole street with cars,” says the rector, Father Anatole Lyovin. 845 Queen St., 947-9093.

 


 

Magnum Firearms & Range

Originally this shop was called Magnum Motor Sports and it sold chrome wheels, dual manifold exhausts and other aftermarket auto accessories. When online sales started chipping away at the business, and auto manufacturers seized a larger slice of the car-parts pie, Magnum’s owner, Art Ong, saw the writing on the wall. So he got a new sign and reinvented his inventory. Now Magnum deals in guns and gun accessories, and it runs an indoor firing range where you can try some of them out. It may seem like a radically different business plan, but Ong says his clientele hasn’t really changed much. “A lot the same people who are into cars are also interested in guns,” he says. 940 Queen Street, 597-1911.
 

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