Wai‘alae on the Rise

This 2.5-mile stretch makes up one of the city’s last, best walking neighborhoods, packed with restaurants, shops and small businesses.
Waialae

 

It’s hard to think of a Honolulu street that mixes old and new quite as well as Wai‘alae Avenue. In a way, its 2.5-mile stretch makes up one of the city’s last, best walking neighborhoods, packed with restaurants, shops and small businesses that manage to be both quirky and essential. Many, such as W&M Burgers and Young Scales, are decades-old institutions, but the street is also being invigorated by exciting young upstarts, from a hip design studio to a new bridal shop.

 

Food

 

Community

 

Retail & Services

 

The neighborhood along Wai‘alae Avenue got a jumpstart in 1900 when many of the suddenly homeless survivors of the first Chinatown fire relocated to Kaimukī.