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Kakaako Murals – A Must See in Honolulu

I ditched the car yesterday and decided to walk to a meeting. To avoid the afternoon sun, I stayed off of Ala Moana Blvd and took smaller streets crisscrossing Kakaako. It was so refreshing to get a different perspective on the neighborhood I call home. Kakaako is a thriving neighborhood that is seeing a transformation unlike any other neighborhood in Honolulu. The area, for years, was home to light industrial warehouses that offered services ranging from car repair shops, bars, to home furniture shops. It was, and still is, as eclectic as eclectic can get. The community, however, is changing. While many of the businesses still exist, they are now a part of an evolving neighborhood that offers contemporary living, world-class restaurants, and some of the most amazing condo residences in Honolulu. The neighborhood is covered with murals that cloak the walls of old and new buildings. The murals attract tourists from all over the world and add a fun element to an already great neighborhood. The best way to experience them is to simply leave the car behind, and explore the neighborhood at a slower pace.

Kakaako Murals

One of many beautiful Kakaako murals. Location: 800 Pohukaina St.

Kakaako murals are on every street and on many of the older buildings and warehouses. There are more popping up regularly. The area is so colorful and is a pleasure to be in. It is no wonder that Kakaako is becoming a go-to community. There is something here for everyone.


Kakaako now. Changes are coming. Murals cover the walls of many of these Kakaako buildings.

Many of the high rise buildings in the above picture, didn’t even exist three years ago. The area was predominantly light industrial. Now it’s a beautiful residential area. The murals that cover much of Kakaako add to the transformation. While many of the businesses are still around, the area no longer feels like a business district, but rather a hip residential community that offers stunning views, great hang out places, and an easy commute to other parts of Honolulu.

Kakaako Murals

Location: 465 Coral St., Honolulu HI 96814

Kakaako Murals

Location: 748 Pohukaina St., Honolulu HI 96814 

Murals are not only on the walls of older buildings. The new Salt Kakaako has several murals gracing the walls of restaurants and stores. Once you start looking for them, they’re really everywhere. Each is so unique, and every one of them was painted by very talented artists.

murals at Salt

Kakaako murals at Salt Kakaako.

Check out Kakaako murals the next time you have time. Explore Kakaako, and see for yourself how beautiful and fun the neighborhood is. This is just the beginning. There are many more changes on the horizon.

If you have questions about Kakaako condos or  Oahu real estate, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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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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