Our Kaka‘ako, Our People

Feb 6, 2024 | Blog

Our Kaka‘ako is not just an area on the map — it’s a tapestry of mo‘olelo (stories) woven together by the people who live, work, and play here. A neighborhood renowned for its dynamic spirit and diverse directory of retail, restaurants, and recreation, it is a place where the past and present harmoniously coexist. And while we know our own Our Kaka‘ako experiences, we don’t always know our neighbor’s story. 

Every person who walks the nine blocks of our kaiāulu (community) has a unique story to tell, so we’re sharing those one-of-a-kind neighborhood tales in our new social media series, “Our Kaka‘ako, Our People.”

Contribute to the Kaiāulu (Community) of Our Kakaʻako

The “Our Kakaʻako, Our People” series is a heartwarming compilation of mo‘olelo (stories) that showcase the vibrant urban community and its unique individuals. Amidst the city backdrop, Hawaiian culture flourishes, while the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our kama‘āina enrich the neighborhood. Their stories inspire and intertwine, capturing the essence of everyday life. From the dedicated barista who knows your coffee preferences by heart to the local artist who transforms blank walls into breathtaking murals and the long-time resident who has witnessed the neighborhood’s evolution throughout the years, their narratives reflect our collective experiences.

We’re looking for powerful stories and meaningful experiences that have since changed your perspective and taught you something new about Hawai‘i’s culture and history. You have a story; let us share it.

Submit Your Story

Your Story, Our Spotlight

Do you have an Our Kakaʻako story to share? We want to hear all about it! It could be anything — how you’ve grown with the community, your favorite spot in the neighborhood, or even a memorable interaction.

Sometimes, the most interesting dwellers of Our Kaka‘ako might be too humble or not have regular access to social media and email. In addition to submitting your own story, we encourage you to nominate someone from the neighborhood with a captivating tale. We want to celebrate the legends of our community, even if they may not be able to share their stories directly.

By sharing your story, you’ll have the chance to be featured in our series along and receive some Our Kakaʻako swag. It’s an opportunity to tell the world what makes Our Kakaʻako special to you in your own words. 

Are you ready to share, inspire, and connect? Don’t wait another moment.

How do I submit?

  • Simply fill out the form below, and join the vibrant narrative of Our Kakaʻako:
    1. Answer five questions
    2. Tell us your story in no more than 150 words
    3. Submit an image, work of art, or video
    4. Provide contact information to receive Our Kaka‘ako swag
    5. Include Instagram handles so we can tag you
  • Contributions must be entirely true. Do not use pseudonyms (including for yourself), composite characters, or invented situations or scenes.


Check our social channels to read the moʻolelo (stories) of the people who make up our kaiāulu (community).



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