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.
Ohana Hale Marketplace Pc Mari Taketa
Photo: Mari Taketa

 

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.”

 

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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.

 

$5 Bento

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.

 


 

@sushi

Atsushi Sushi Bar at ohana hale marketplace

Photo: Melissa Chang

 

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.

 


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Azabu Sushi

TBD. (808) 728-7780, @azabusushi_hawaii

 


 

Bibihana

TBD. (808) 797-7277, @bibihana808

 


 

Bo’s Kitchen

What10dollarsgetsyou Bos Kitchen Wonton Lookfun Thomas Ohm Thomas Obungen 3

Photo: Thomas Obungen

 

Moving to old Tai Sei Ramen space. 800 S. Beretania St., (808) 367-7283, boskitchens.com, @bo.s.kitchen

 


 

Cafe Moana

TBD. @cafemoanahawaii

 


 

Hawaiian Fresh Roast

Moving to Fort Shafter, with public access. hawaiianfreshroast.com, @hawaiian_fresh_roast

 


 

Honolulu Bistro

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Photo: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

 

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

 


 

K-Snowman

K Snowman Soursoup Smoothie

Photo: Mari Taketa

 

Taking a break for a while, then TBD. @ksnowman808

 


 

Kung Fu Bowl

TBD. (808) 666-3680, @kungfubowlusa

 


 

L&K Pho & Sandwiches

TBD.

 


 

La Bekk

Moved to McCully Shopping Center’s second-floor test kitchen. 1960 Kapiolani Blvd., @la_bekk

 


 

Luisa’s Kusina

TBD.

 


 

Mam’s Bread & Butter

Mams Bread Butter Bacon Egg Pie Credit Thomas Obungen

Photo: Thomas Obungen

 

TBD but “definitely close,” according to owners. (808) 429-6798, mamsbreadandbutter.com, @mamsmeatpies

 


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Ocean Taste

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

TBD. @ohanapokehousellc

 


 

Smashed

Owner says an announcement about a new location in Kaka‘ako is coming. @smashedhawaii

 


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Sole Sammich

What10dollarsgetsyou Sole Sandwich Gregg Ohm Thomas Obungen 4

Photo: Thomas Obungen

 

TBD.

 


 

Street Corn

TBD.

 


 

Tacoholics

Last day at OHM will be March 31; after that TBD. @tacoholicshi

 


 

Tess Kitchen

May appear at Aloha Stadium Swap Meet with sweet and savory crepes; waiting for new OHM to open. @tesskitchen.ohana

 


 

Toshi Sushi

ohana hale marketplace Toshi Sushi

Photo: Mari Taketa

 

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

 


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Wacky Bakery

TBD. @wackybakery

 


 

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