Kaua’i is well known for its artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs, and the creative businesses they nurture.
Enter: Warehouse 3540. Once just an abandoned, dilapidated warehouse tucked into the Lawai hillside, until 2015 when a local family with a dream renovated it into the incredible space it is today.
Food, Arts, & Culture
Inside are small shops, an art studio, a printing press, even a coffee shop in a vintage Perris Pacer trailer, all Kauai-owned and operated, and self-made. And outside? Some of the best food trucks on the island, permanently parked beside the warehouse and open all week long. It’s a hub of local creatives fostering a place of inspiration and good, old-fashioned fun on Kauai’s south side.
During the week, Warehouse 3540 opens its doors in the morning and becomes more than just a place to shop. Local groups host meetings and lunches, bloggers, and photographers sit with their laptops at the long center table—the same table that the shop owners are weaving hats and mixing paints. It’s a community inside those doors. If you stop by around lunchtime, you’ll find shop owners taking their lunch together in an almost ritualistic way; a habit that has seems to have been lost in other communities.
Warehouse 3540 Events
Each Friday, a local market is held inside. Not your average Kauai farmer’s market. Along with the fruits and veggies, you’ll also catch “pop-up vendors” who are there just for the day. Local Kauai honey, art, handmade clothing, and pottery are just a few of the weekly guest tables you’ll find on any given Aloha Friday.
On the second Saturday of each month, Warehouse 3540 hosts its biggest event of the month. The evening comes to life with sparkling lights, special vendors, and live music. The food trucks and shave ice trailer often feature special items, and everyone is there for a good time. It’s a warm atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Business owners are happy to chat about how they find their inspiration, what it’s like starting a business on Kaua’i, or even sharing where they last surfed. Warehouse 3540 brings Kauai’s locals and visitors together under one roof in the spirit of creativity and Aloha.
(Photo credit: Once Upon A Tyme Photography & Ash Fab Hawaii)