Where Are They Going? Fave Eateries at Kaka‘ako’s ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace
Doors close for good April 16 on this experimental tiny-business incubator. We checked in with as many as we could to find out their plans.
Here’s another story about another collection of small businesses making way for redevelopment—only ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace was on borrowed time from the start. At one point more than 140 kiosks lined the interior of the former GEM / Sports Authority / Honolulu Biennial space, selling everything from ‘ukulele and phone cases to tonkatsu and dosas. Now that the marketplace is closing April 16, that number is down to around 40, owner Chris Ulu estimates.
He says he’s close to securing a lease for a space in Halawa. If he succeeds, the new ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace could be ready for business by the end of the year. “We have some [vendors who] say they want to hold off and wait [for OHM to reopen] and that’s great but we’re not pushing them. We have storage for everybody that’s gonna wait,” Ulu says. He calls the Halawa space “a diamond in the rough. It’s a real good location, a real good area. I’m looking forward. I’m excited. And I’m so grateful to Howard Hughes Corp. for giving us the opportunity to start a new concept, Hawai‘i’s greatest indoor marketplace.”
Not everyone can wait eight months to reopen. Eateries that can afford it have begun moving into new places or are actively looking. Those that can’t—‘Ohana Hale’s monthly leases for food sellers reportedly only cost about $1,500—are weighing their options.
We tracked down as many eateries as we could to find out their plans. Scroll below to see who’s found a new home and who’s still looking.
Will take a break when OHM closes, then TBD. May reopen at the new OHM, according to owner, but pandemic price increases may force a rebrand as $6 or $7 Bento.
Pop-ups in April, then a reported new location at Waterfront Plaza from May. (808) 358-4593, @atsushibv
Update: Atsushi announced a series of weekly pop-ups inside the Artizen Café space across Blaisdell Center through May and June, and expects its brick-and-mortar restaurant to open at Waterfront Plaza in July.
TBD. (808) 728-7780, @azabusushi_hawaii
TBD. (808) 797-7277, @bibihana808
Hawaiian Fresh Roast
TBD but “currently in the process of finalizing all of the details” on a new location, say the owners. @honolulubistro
KC Waffle Dog
Taking a break, then TBD. Plans to appear at various events around O‘ahu. @kcwaffledog
Taking a break for a while, then TBD. @ksnowman808
Kung Fu Bowl
TBD. (808) 666-3680, @kungfubowlusa
L&K Pho & Sandwiches
Moved to McCully Shopping Center’s second-floor test kitchen. 1960 Kapiolani Blvd., @la_bekk
Mam’s Bread & Butter
Closed at OHM; moving to old Gazen izakaya space, where former OHM tenant Yoas sorbet has relocated with a mix of concepts. 2836 Kapiolani Blvd., (808) 636-0877, @oceantastehawaii
‘Ohana Poke House
Owner says an announcement about a new location in Kaka‘ako is coming. @smashedhawaii
Last day at OHM will be March 31; after that TBD. @tacoholicshi
May appear at Aloha Stadium Swap Meet with sweet and savory crepes; waiting for new OHM to open. @tesskitchen.ohana
Moving to Kalihi and rebranding as Omakase-Ya, with omakase sushi courses starting at $100 a person plus izakaya dishes and barbecued meats. 1724 Hoe St., (808) 321-9985
Waffle & Berry
Moved to McCully Shopping Center’s second-floor test kitchen. 1960 Kapiolani Blvd., @waffleandberry
Yoas Sorbet & Aquascapes
Moved to old Gazen izakaya space with Ocean Taste and other concepts. 2836 Kapiolani Blvd., (808) 670-5533, @yoas_hawaii