February 25, 2021


Photo courtesy Salt

Many anticipate the move to Tier 3 on O‘ahu, which will permit social and outdoor recreational gatherings of up to 10 people. At SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, urban Honolulu’s leading shopping and dining destination, these visitors can take advantage of additional outdoor, open-air seating areas, including The Barn at SALT.

The Barn at SALT, the center’s premier event space, has been repurposed so diners with takeout from any of the center’s acclaimed restaurants and eateries can enjoy a meal while socially distanced from other patrons. The Barn offers open-air, socially distanced tables to accommodate up to 35 diners, with colorful murals and artwork adorning the space.

“We are pleased to see people using our open spaces, especially as they visit the many businesses that make SALT unique and special,” said SALT General Manger Dixie Diga. “As more customers return during Tier 3, they can sit together and dine at The Barn or our other open air spaces.”

Around the center’s courtyard, socially distanced benches and tables are conveniently located in the common areas near tenants including ARVO, The Boiling Crab, Butterfly Ice Cream, Pioneer Saloon, Redfish Poke Bar and Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room.

“The additional activity throughout the center helps to ensure that vital businesses can keep serving the public and continue employing their workers. The high usage patterns seen at the center’s open areas underscore SALT’s continuing role as an epicenter of commerce and culture,” Diga said.

The Boiling Crab and Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room are also among SALT’s restaurants and eateries that offer outside or open-air seating as part of their leased space. Others include Butcher & Bird, Hank’s Haute Dogs, Moku Kitchen, Pitch Sports Bar, Shay’s Filipino Cafe, Starbucks and Vein at Kaka‘ako.

Customers have been happy to be able to sit outdoors and enjoy a good meal, shared Carlos Delgado, owner of The Boiling Crab, which also has outdoor seating on the restaurant’s second floor.

“We are excited at the response for our patio seating. During a recent long weekend, we booked a lot of reservations for outside and inside and did good business,” Delgado said. He looks forward to being able to host larger groups with Tier 3, when restaurants can have 10 people per party. “We especially love serving families when they get together. We miss them and look forward to welcoming them back,” he said.

As always, those visiting SALT at Our Kaka‘ako and enjoying outdoor spaces are asked to wear face masks (when not actively eating) and follow social distancing guidelines.

“We encourage people to safely visit, support local businesses and take advantage of the outdoor seating offered at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako,” Diga said. “Even as the community moves to Tier 3 and gains more confidence about their health and safety in the future, SALT will continue to provide options that meet the varying needs of those who visit. It’s a positive sign to see people safely coming together and we are pleased to continue to serve as its hub in Urban Honolulu.”

Guests can also explore the shops and SALT’s unique murals, including the new street level mural on Auahi Street. Acclaimed artist Kai’ili Kaulukukui recently painted an impressive 3,000 square-foot street mural on the pavement of Auahi Street, between Coral Street and Keawe Street beside SALT at Our Kaka‘ako. The new ground artwork pays homage to the traditions and values that Our Kaka‘ako is built upon while encouraging the community to come together and stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Located in the heart of the Arts District of Our Kaka‘ako, SALT is home to more than 40 shops, restaurants and service providers, many locally owned. Customers can find everything from Hawaiian, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino and Japanese cuisine, as well as captivating street art, vinyl records, film photography, freshly made ice cream, a deli, vintage clothing, surf and urban fashions and more at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako.

Visit www.saltatkakaako.com for more information about SALT’s merchants, restaurants and dining options. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @SaltOurKakaako.

About SALT at Our Kaka‘ako
Named after the pa‘akai (‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i for “salt”) ponds that once dotted the low-lying wetlands of the area, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako embodies the urban, island culture of the emerging Our Kaka‘ako neighborhood. Owned by Kamehameha Schools (KS), income generated from SALT at Our Kakaʻako and KS’ endowment portfolio supports KS’ educational mission. www.saltatkakaako.com 

About Our Kakaʻako
Our Kaka‘ako encompasses nine city blocks in the heart of Kaka‘ako centered around the arts, culture and creative hub on Auahi, Keawe and Coral streets. It’s an emerging epicenter for Hawai‘i’s urban-island culture that is an incubator for a variety of artists, chefs, influencers and entrepreneurs. Rooted in Hawaiian cultural values, Our Kakaʻako is built on empowering creativity, cultivating innovation and building a truly unique, local community. www.ourkakaako.com

About Kamehameha Schools
Founded in 1887 by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameha Schools (KS) is a private, educational, charitable trust committed to improving the capability and well-being of the Native Hawaiian people through education. In 2015, KS embarked on a bold voyage that envisions, in one generation, a thriving lāhui where learners, grounded in Christian and Hawaiian values, achieve postsecondary educational success and become leaders who contribute to their communities both locally and globally. For more information, visit www.ksbe.edu and connect via Facebook and Instagram (@kamehamehaschools) and Twitter (@ksnews).

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