Field Guide: Queen Street

This stretch of street in Kakaako isn’t populated with just auto body shops and government buildings.


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  Bamboo Sky, 401 Kamakee St.WeSellThings4U, 55-510 Kamehameha Highway, Suite 4Panya Bakery & Express, 711 Queen St.Queen Liliuokalani mural, 401 Kamakee St.Tropical Lamp & Shade, Co., 977 Queen St.Logos Bookstore of Hawaii, 1024 Queen St.

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Bamboo Sky

It’s not the most likely spot for a hip boutique, but since Bamboo Sky opened its new 1,060-square-foot location last year, fashionistas have continued to seek it out. The boutique still offers lines like Alice + Olivia and Scrapbook, but now feels more like a fantasy walk-in closet, with oversize bags hanging on one wall and jewelry perfectly arranged in glass cases. 401 Kamakee St., 591-8003,

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Packrats, technophobes and anyone in need of extra cash can bring their stuff to this eBay trading post, which sells customers’ goods online in exchange for a portion of the sale. Although the company’s warehouse is littered with everything from designer handbags to Tupperware to an ostrich costume worn by Lost’s Dominic Monaghan, it’s a highly organized business, completing more than 20,000 transactions to date. The strangest item it’s ever put up for bid? “Muhammad Ali’s fingernail clippings,” says general manager Jana Park. “[The seller] was asking $90,000. It was too high.” 839 Queen St., 589-1102,

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Panya Bakery & Express

You’ve probably been to Panya Bistro in Ala Moana Center, but you may not have known that owner-sisters Annie and Alice Yeung also have an express location on the corner of Queen and Cooke Streets, where they serve 80 kinds of bread as well as decadent pastries and desserts. The Queen Street location is a favorite lunch spot for nearby office workers, with its menu of won ton noodles with house-made shrimp and pork dumplings, chicken curry, oxtail stew and its signature gyoza with shrimp, chives and minced pork. 711 Queen St., 597-8880,

4.  Did you know?

It’s not everyday you see Queen Liliuokalani staring back at you as you’re walking through Kakaako. But you can see her—and surfer Duke Kahanamoku—in a recently completed, 100-foot-tall mural by trompe l‘oeil painter John Pugh. 401 Kamakee St.

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