Feel-good vibes all around at Honolulu Night Market: Rooted on Saturday, November 19, the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! We love seeing our community get together — not just to have fun but also to uplift and support our local businesses and nonprofits during this time of giving and thankfulness.
Keeping with our theme Rooted, we partnered with Poi for the People, an initiative by Kamehameha Schools, to support Hawai‘i’s food system and celebrate Hawaiian culture. Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Executive Chef Dean Matsushita and Kealoha Domingo from Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau showed everyone how to make pa‘i‘ai (traditionally pounded cooked kalo root) and shared free samples of pa‘i‘ai, pickled onion, and smoked meat with kalo hash, all made with locally grown ingredients — so ‘ono! It’s true what they say: food tastes better when you make it yourself and even better when you grow it yourself.
Our friends at AccesSurf had a blast meeting all of you. Mahalo for being a part of the wave of support that raises awareness of their mission and makes it possible for them to continue empowering people with disabilities through adaptive water sports and programs. We look forward to partnering again for future events!
The fashion show was a fun and energetic display for STONE, Oceans End Hawaii, and Sweet Enemy Clothing! Their models flaunted versatile activewear, street wear, bags, and accessories, with some keiki in the mix also strutting their stuff. AccesSurfers made a special appearance as models as well, and we loved to see it.
The whole night market was filled with live music by local, up-and-coming artists Jasmin Nicole, Keilana, Keahi Delovio, AJ Keolanui, Kai Duhaylonsod, and JOBY! The dynamic performances of DJ Casey Cosmos and his DJ Academy students got people dancing and cheering in The Barn.
The Barn was also full of color with the work of Worldwide Walls (formerly POW! WOW! Hawai‘i) artists. Three huge coloring book walls took over each corner where keiki and ‘ohana banded together with crayons. Mahalo to artists, Kate Wadsworth, Melón James, and Wooden Wave for providing the beautiful lineart that became the coloring book walls and to Hawaii State Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the community art installations. The walls will be up throughout the holidays, so check them out at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako before January 2, 2023!
Mahalo to our sponsors the Kaiāulu ‘o Kaka‘ako Owners Association, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, and Pacific Media Group who share our community values and helped us make this event happen. And mahalo to all of you who stopped by to enjoy everything Our Kaka‘ako had to offer!
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