Where You Live Extra: Kaka'akoUPDATED 9:40 PM HST Nov 08, 2013Video Transcript
PAUSE OPEN KITV4 is highlighting Hawaii neighborhoods where you live..... and for many of us... Where we work. This weeks neighborhood is one that will soon by changing dramatically .... Kakaako. Our Ryan Kalei Tsuji joins us now from King Street with a story behind the name.. I'm on the edge of Kakaako along King Street. Kakaako is bounded by Ward Avenue and Punchbowl.... King Street down to the waterfront. One meaning of the name Kakaako is "to prepare the thatching." And in fact old stories of Kakaako talk about people gathering Pili grass that grew there to make the thatching for their homes. The pili grew in the marsh and tidelands that believe it or not made up nearly one third of this area: This photograph is from 1865. There were duckponds.... Salt beds ... And fishponds too. 2:38-2:55 AND KAKAAKO HAD A REALLY COMPLEX SET OF FISHERIES THAT WERE THERE ON THE MAKAI SIDES THAT WE SEE WHERE WE THINKG OF KAKAAKO TODAY A LOT OF THAT HAS BEEN FILLED IN LANDFILL, BUT KAKAKAO WAS ACTUALLY A VERY COMPLEX FISHING VILLAGE WITH FISHERIES FROM MULTIPLE PLACES WITHIN THE LARGER WAIKIKI AHUPUAA. Beginning with the deepening of Honolulu Harbor in the mid 1850s..... The dredge material was used to fill in much of the reef and tidelands expanding the size of DRY---liveable land in Kakaako. And while it has changed drastically since then---more change is on its way--- as more than a dozen high rises are slated to be built in this area.