Innovative indoor park and pavilion opens in Kakaako

A look at the mezzanine in Kakaako Agora, the new indoor park and pavilion that will be open to the public starting Monday.

The new indoor park and pavilion, Kakaako Agora, celebrated its opening Sunday by kicking off a month of free public arts programs.

Located in a former warehouse at 441 Cooke St. (between Pohukaina and Auahi Streets), the urban indoor facility was designed and planned by the Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, who has created similar innovative spaces in Mumbai, Montreal, Berlin and New York.

The space includes a 687-square foot mezzanine. The Honolulu Night Market will move into the agora (which is Greek for gathering place), with this month’s market happening Saturday, June 21.

Kakaako Agora will be officially open to the public starting Monday, with hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

A collaboration between Kamehameha Schools and Interisland Terminal, the park/pavilion will host through the month of June a taiko (Japanese drum) performance (Tuesday), a preview of the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s latest production of “The Mikado” (Thursday) a music showcase (Saturday), a reception for Honolulu Printmakers (June 17) and the popular Art + Flea creative marketplace (June 26).

For more information on this month’s activities at Kakaako Agora, click here.

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