About this project
Kaka'ako Agora is a park designed for 21st Century Honolulu. It is the first project of it's kind in Honolulu: A beautiful indoor pavilion that calls on world class architecture to create a dynamic space for our local community.
Honolulu, and our neighborhood, Kaka’ako, has many beautiful outdoor parks – Mother Waldron Park, Gateway Park, Ala Moana Beach Park. But the city lacks a welcoming public space that is shaded, that provides all walks of life a bit of shelter from the hot sun, and a place to gather, create, commune or contemplate -- we have no indoor parks!
Why does this matter? Because our public spaces define the character of our communities. Without places for our people to come together, we are limited in our ability to work together.
Interisland Terminal is known for presenting innovative programming and bringing a different, contemporary perspective to everything we do. Our last project, R&D proved that art and innovation belong under the same roof.
We think Honolulu is ready for a bigger roof.
We’re working with internationally acclaimed design firm Atelier Bow-Wow to create an architectural intervention, where forward thinking, collaborative design create a much needed, open and accessible community gathering space.
Atelier Bow-Wow has completed design and planning for Kakaako Agora, which will open up and transform Kaka‘ako warehouses into dynamic, shaded public spaces. Kakaako Agora will be a space for various programs and educational use, a space that furthers the public life of our city.
We have secured commitments from partners who are experienced in each of their fields… Collaborative Studios, architects – Heavy Metal Hawaii, custom metalsmith work, Sunworks Construction – general contracting, carpentry and furniture making, Hui Ku Maoli Ola, and of course, Atelier Bow-Wow.
We have also already secured nearly $100,000 in in-kind and cash sponsors from corporate partners.
The final piece of this project is raising $15,000 to partially fund the purchase of materials we will need to build Kaka‘ako Agora – primarily lumber, steel, and native plants to fill a small vertical and rooftop garden within the Agora.
We need your help to get this project across the finish line!
A donation of any amount, will help bring Honolulu an architecture project that starts (and continues) with community dialogue.
Risks and challenges
To complete this project we will need to garner support from the public at-large and from existing residents and tenants of Kaka'ako through 2 public hearings at the Hawaii Community Development Authority offices in order to secure building permits. It is also possible that the permitting process itself will be delayed
As recent business owners in Kaka'ako for several years, we have relationships with many of the neighborhood residents and fellow tenants, which we believe will provide us with the support necessary to develop a project that can be completed succesfully and is meaningful for the community. We ourselves have been to many of the recent public hearings at the HCDA to testify both in support of or to raise concerns about other projects in our neighborhood, so we are familiar with the public hearing process. We also have strong partnerships with HCDA and Kamehameha schools who, through their experience, can help guide us through any snags in the process
Loss of Community Partners
Our project relies on the assistance of local craftsmen/women, architects, and other skilled partners. If one of these partners is no longer available or no longer wants to work on the project, the completion plan may be compromised.
Through our network of creative professionals and artists, we have the resources to adjust our plans to accommodate the unexpected departure of one or more partners. As a team, we have successfully managed two complete renovations of our previous space, R&D, both of which relied extensively on partnerships and the help of others, as well as the many unexpected circumstances that arise from such arrangementsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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