Field Guide: Kakaako
This industrial neighborhood is surprisingly vibrant with good eats and discount buys.
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Photo: David Croxford
Jelly's the Original
Despite the drama over the name Jelly’s (owner Norm Winter took a competitor to court in 2001 to fight over the store’s name), Winter maintains a well-stocked collection of LPs, comics, games, DVDs, rare books, CDs and even cassettes in the new Kaka‘ako location. “People find stuff here that they’ve looked for for years,” says Winter. Where else can you buy—and sell—Earth, Wind and Fire vinyls, or an X-Men series comic collection? 420 Coral St., 284-3116.
Browse Drummer’s Warehouse for drum sets, drum sticks and other percussion instruments while a DVD of a live Led Zeppelin concert and other bands play in the background. “Electric drum sets are our best sellers,” says Phil Bennett, the store’s marketing person and a longtime drummer. Since you practice with earphones on, “you can play them in your condo at 3 a.m. and keep good relations with your neighbors.” 313 Keawe St., 529-8700.