Kaimuki: Small Scale Charm


This is a small neighborhood or district in Honolulu. It has a lot of character and contains many small businesses.

Honolulu is the most populous city of the state of Hawaii. As it stretches over most of the Southeast Shore of the Island of Oahu, it has been broken up over time into districts or neighborhoods. They all share the address of Honolulu, but if you live here people know exactly where you are when you say you are in Kalihi, Liliha, Salt Lake, Hawaii Kai or even Palolo. One of my favorite neighborhoods is Kaimuki.

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Many districts take their name from a largely traveled street. Kaimuki shares its name with a road, but takes its moniker from what the Hawaiians used the area for: Ka Imu Ki, which roughly translates to “The Ti Root Oven”. Large earthen ovens were here to bake “Ki” or Ti roots into foods. At one time, King Kalakaua had an ostrich farm in the area.

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Kaimuki is nestled in just north or what we often call “Mauka” or mountain side of Waikiki and the famous Diamondhead. The main street is Waialae Avenue. This neighborhood is one of my favorites because of all its small businesses.

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Here I can get great local coffee from someplace other than a chain store, buy film, rent photo equipment, find gifts at a local toy store, get comic books and eat at some of what I think has the best variety of restaurants on the island. Among some of the other offerings is a shop dedicated to selling only local eggs, a thrift shop, hair and nail salons, and other small clothing stores. I feel good when I go to Kaimuki because I know most of my money stays in local businesses.

There is one caveat when coming here, parking is a premium and will most likely to cost you unless you come on a Sunday when some of the street parking is free.

Credits: neanderthalis

If you ever get a chance to visit Kaimuki, you may just see me enjoying a bite to eat.

Credits: neanderthalis

This was shot on a Holga 120N with 400 B&W film on a Sunday morning.


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written by neanderthalis on 2012-06-29 in #world #locations #hawaii #neighborhood #walk #b-w #local-flavor #small-buisness #honolulu #select-type-of-location #oahu

One Comment

  1. nigelk
    nigelk ·

    Kaimuki is great!!

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