Field Guide: Kakaako

This industrial neighborhood is surprisingly vibrant with good eats and discount buys.


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Photo: David Croxford


 


Bikefactory Sportshop

With the progressive green movement, it’s no wonder Bikefactory’s business is booming. “We were very busy over the summer and did well over Christmas [despite] the economy,” says salesperson Dave Bauer. “Commuter-style bikes are the most popular and cruisers are the second most popular,” he says. Bikefactory has a large selection, from mountain bikes and BMX bikes to $8,000 road bikes. Bikefactory is opening a second store in Waipio soon. 740 Ala Moana Blvd., 678-1800.



Photo: David Croxford

Hank's Haute Dogs


Last time we talked to Henry “Hank” Adaniya, owner of Hank’s Haute Dogs, we included his eatery in our 2008 Best of Honolulu. Since then, Adaniya and his staff, including his son Mike, have been brainstorming in the kitchen creating delicious new dogs. “We love to have fun,” he says. “We take classic ideas and turn them upside down.” Which explains his ideas for the hamburger dog—hamburger meat molded in a cylindrical hot dog shape—and the pizza dog, with Italian sausage, marinara sauce and mozzarella. For dessert, enjoy the tasty creme brulee. “It’s one of the best recipes, from Gale Grand, who’s now on Food Network’s Sweet Dreams,” says Adaniya. “We don’t cut corners.” 324 Coral St., 532-4265. 
 
 


Photo: David Croxford

 


Fisher Hawaii



Every time we stop at Fisher, the parking lot is full and the store is busy. “Saturday is our busiest day,” says manager Tom Hallaman. Fisher Hawaii was the first locally owned discount office supply warehouse, says Hallaman. The Cooke Street location has a diverse selection of office chairs and desks, as well as smaller office items such as pens and flash drives. “We even carry digital cameras, from [consumer] grade to professional,” he adds. 450 Cooke St., 524-8700.

 

 Did You Know?


The nearby 1.76-acre Mother Waldron Park is named after Margaret Waldron, a public school teacher known for reforming youth gangs in the area in the early 1900s.

 

 

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