Field Guide: Kakaako

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

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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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.


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Drummer’s Warehouse

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.