A Community at Night | Exploring Kakaako Restaurants, Shopping and Amenities

Kakaako is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day. When the sun goes down, the community stays vibrant well into the night. New and existing Kakaako restaurants, stores, and street-level amenities cater to residents who call this Honolulu neighborhood home. People enjoy the outdoors with their friends and family, and many pet owners can be seen walking their best friends as well. My own puppy was very happy to be enjoying the evening with me. We had a very pleasant walk around the neighborhood. He, however, wasn’t very interested in posing for pictures.

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Merriman’s at the Anaha at Ward Village

As I was making my way through the neighborhood, I felt the warmth of the tiki torches, took in the sounds and scents of the area, and I did a little window shopping. It’s always a different experience to leisurely pass by a business versus driving past it. There is so much to discover and to enjoy. Kakaako really does offer a lot of variety.

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Ginza Sushi – one of many restaurants in Kakaako

Merriman’s at the Anaha at Ward Village is the newest restaurant in Kakaako, but there are many more still to come.  Ward Village in Kakaako is growing, and new eating options will arrive with every new condo building added to the area. Small and large restaurants cater to every taste. From local cuisines to international favorites, residents of Kakaako have options for every night of the week.

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The outdoor patio at Maile’s Thai in Ward Village

A few of the Kakaako restaurants along my walk included:

Piggy Smalls

Piggy Smalls in Ward Village

Kakaako restaurants

Panya Bistro; one of many Kakaako restaurants

The list above is only a small sample of all the restaurants in Kakaako. Salt Kakaako offers many more options for residents, and the new businesses will continue to move into the new Ward Village master plan.

Ward shops

Ward Village amenities and groceries.

It’s not just the restaurants that make this area fun. All types of businesses are located within a short distance of one another. Consolidated Theatres Ward 16 is right between all the residences, largest Whole Foods in Honolulu makes grocery shopping easy, and a variety of small and large stores offering everything from barber services, home goods, to children’s clothing at the South Shore Market.

TJ Max Ward

Favorite retailers offer goods and services in the community

Ward barber

Phil’s Barber Shop

clothes shop

We Are Iconic clothing at the Anaha in Ward Village

Wonderful Kolowalu park and playground located right in the middle of the community. The park is a favorite with parents and pet owners. Even in the early evening, it’s not uncommon to see it full of activity. The well-lit park is clean and welcoming.


I love living in a community that stays vibrant day and night and my puppy would agree.

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Kinga Mills

Kinga Mills is a REALTOR Associate, Forbes Global Properties, Luxury Portfolio Affiliate, & Military Relocation Professional with Hawai'i Life. I adore Hawaii, its people, and the natural beauty that surrounds me. I live on Oahu. It's a pretty incredible place to call home. There is a little bit of everything here. From pristine beaches and quiet neighborhoods to the trendiest of restaurants in the urban Honolulu. I simply love Oahu and the variety it offers. My real estate career allows me to enjoy the Island life, and to work with some amazing people. With over a decade of experience and hundreds of closed sales, I provide my clients with expert buying and selling advice. My goal for clients is to enjoy the process, while my team and I handle the details. As a member of the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team, I regularly provide real estate assistance to active-duty military personnel who are PCSing to Hawaii, to the mainland, or overseas. For the Luxury Real Real Estate buyers and sellers, I am affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties. These exclusive affiliations extend an even greater reach, exposure, and effectiveness within the global luxury marketplace. In my time off, I love walking along the beach, enjoying meals out on the town, and taking family vacations. Sign up for my Oahu Hawaii Life blog updates and follow my journey. You can also find me on HGTV "Hawaii Life" Season 14. I look forward to helping in making your Hawaii Life real estate dreams happen! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 722-3985.

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