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Kaka`ako Kool – Keepin’ Kool in Kaka`ako

July 1, 2013

Now that we’re in the midst of summer, we’ve gotsta find ways of cooling off from that hot Hawaiian sun. One way, of course, is to slurp down a local fave known as “shave ice” – or “ice shave” if you’re from the Big Island 😉 (See my article about other shave ice places here). The place I love to go to get my shave ice fix whenever I’m in town is Kaka`ako Kool on Queen Street, next to Fresh Cafe.

Outside Kaka`ako Kool
Outside Kaka`ako Kool

Opened in June 2010 by antique and collectible fan Keith Tanaka, Kaka`ako Kool is chock full of, well, antiques and collectibles. They sit right alongside the many other offerings Kaka`ako Kool serves like cold drinks, ice cream, chips, crack seed, and much more. It’s like a cool, urban mini mart that happens to sell ono shave ice.

Some of the snack offerings at Kaka`ako Kool
Some of the snack offerings at Kaka`ako Kool

Tanaka goes to the swap meet at least once a week and displays his finds throughout the store. People actually come to the store regularly specifically to see what new toys Tanaka has brought in.

The Thing is quite excited to be here at Kaka`ako Kool
The Thing is quite excited to be here at Kaka`ako Kool

For their shave ice offerings, there are about 25 different flavors to choose from with strawberry being the most popular. Store Manager Jana Park says that the tropical flavors like Pineapple, Mango, and Lychee also do quite well.

Just a few of the many flavors Kaka`ako Kool offers
Just a few of the many flavors Kaka`ako Kool offers

In addition, you can order locally made, premium haupia or vanilla ice cream, azuki beans, mochi balls, condensed milk, snowcap (condensed milk & evaporate milk), or lihing powder to go along with your shave ice.

Shave Ice from Kaka`ako Kool [Photo Credit: Marc Orbito of Hungry Eye Photography]
Shave Ice from Kaka`ako Kool [Photo Credit: Marc Orbito of Hungry Eye Photography]

So the next time you’re in need of a shave ice fix to beat that summer heat, stop by and say hi to Jana folks at Kaka`ako Kool. There’s lots of parking with 2 stalls right in front and about 15 or so in the garage to the left of the store.

For further info, here’s a profile video the Skinny Hawaiians did on Kaka`ako Kool.

 

 

Kaka`ako Kool
831 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI. 96813 (Street View)
808-589-2488
Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm
Sat: 11am-4pm

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

Had to Photoshop 2 of the 3 photos this week or they would’ve been too obvious. Hopefully, you’ll still recanotice wea dey stay!

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 14, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – March 14, 2012

Points for Photo #1…
* Why are there letters on each gate!? (Most creative answer): 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 14, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – March 14, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* Who dat stay?: 3 points
* Occasion/Event: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 14, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – March 14, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

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Weekly VH07V T-Shirt Updates!

On Sunday, we had our very first photo shoot for the VH07V line and I’m supah excited to see how the photos came out! We shot wifey’s two cousins (brother and sister combo) in a very Hawaii-ish Shave Ice scene. Here’s a look behind the scenes. Looks legit right? 😉

VH07V Photo Shoot at Kakaako Kool
VH07V Photo Shoot at Kakaako Kool

Special mahaloz to the following, in no particular order:

  • Jana and Kaka`ako Kool for allowing us to shoot on your property and for feeding us your bomb shave ice! (Give them a visit at: 831 Queen Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat:11am-4pm)!
  • Marc Orbito of hungry eYe photography. Email him for your photographic needs: marc (at) orbito.net
  • C & K (probably shouldn’t name them 😛 ) for being my cute models and their parents (our uncle and aunty) for being supportive of the new VH07V venture.
  • Todd W for letting us borrow your bench for the shave ice scene.
  • Wifey and bebe for hanging out and being patient during the shoot. 8)

Barring another delay, my new order of 200+ additional shirts is supposed to be pau today! Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick up what I’ve been waiting for a month for, so I can continue my grass roots efforts of sales and distribution out of the trunk of my car. 😛 In anticipation of selling from my booth at the upcoming Hawaii Ocean Expo, I’ll probably be ordering another color combination or two, in addition to keiki sizes and a possible style for da wahine out dea. Exciting!

As mentioned above, I’ll have a booth at the 2012 Hawaii Ocean Expo, happening on April 21st (9am-7:30pm) & 22nd (9am-5pm) at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall! Come on down and visit me and/or tell your friends and family too k? And remember, if I still didn’t get to you 6 remaining VH07V Free T-shirt Winners, I’ll have them for you at the booth. Just come on down! 🙂


Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!