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shop peek: reuse hawaii warehouse

while home this winter, the mister and i finally had a chance to pop into the reuse hawaii warehouse to marvel at all the wonderful discoveries saved from deconstruction projects around the island. (tax day tie-in: material donations are deductible if your nest happens to be in need of a renovation.)

our dear friend selina co-founded reuse with her sweetie quinn a few years ago (their lovely cottage overlooking the honolulu city lights is a gorgeous lesson in decorating with roadside castoffs and warehouse finds), and the combined sweat equity of their crew has created one of the most eco-friendly resources on oahu for designers and diy-ers.

since reuse opened its doors, the coconut wire has shared stories of furniture designers crafting pieces out of reclaimed wood, eco-friendly event planners upcycling discoveries into rustic centerpieces intended to become post-bash planter boxes, and a friend's hubby who cobbled together their hillside chicken coop after a reuse shopping trip. and, more than a few indie shopkeepers have scouted reuse for supplies to transform into a charming perch for their merch.

with an ever changing inventory, chances are a delightful surprise is waiting in one of the many warehouse aisles which woo with salvaged flooring and doors, vintage delights from industrial light fixtures to old timey glass door knobs, boxes of ceramic tiles, bins of hardware, an outdoor lumber yard, and the occasional curious find.

join me for a tour after the jump!

happy hardware holdalls
charming french doors & vintage cupboards
project possibility?

while lounging by the warehouse entrance, my camera snapped a little boat which seemed just right for recreating this dreamy pillow filled boat hearted on my pinterest (mahalo betty for pinning!).

new arrivals can be peeked online (oh, how i coveted the gorgeous farmhouse sink rescued from shangri la last year) but do remember that the first shopper to show up at the warehouse scoops up the goods.

  • where: 200 keawe street, kaka'ako
  • shop hours: mon to fri, 8a to 6p & sat, 9a to 4p

p.s. reuse is always on the lookout for good peeps so click over to the job board to inquire about joining the team.


extra credit: art&flea market

i had an inkling something was forgotten while finalizing last week's scoop but only realized this morning that i failed to mention the upcoming debut of art&flea which opens in honolulu tomorrow night. it has all the makings of a wonderful summer night - indie designers, emerging island artists, bites served up by fresh café, and music played 'til the wee hours for all you latenight owls.

the event was coordinated by a talented trio - aly from mechakawa vintage, nicole from mish mash & tiffany from fresh café (the latest incarnation of the former queen's candy shop space) - with this month's edition featuring added style guidance from anné at rock shop.

a sampling of featured vendors include la pistil, marumaru, sassy lassy, unleash studio and many many more (click here for the official flyer). local makers will definitely want to give it a peek since the market hopes to expand its roster of participating designers for the monthly fair.

  • when: thu, jul 22nd -  5p to 9p (market hours); 9p to 2a (after party)
  • where: fresh cafe, 831 queen street, kaka'ako
  • tix: $6 after 9p (18 & over once market closes)

fishcake sale

betty from fishcake recently sent along news of a weekend sale to make way for more design goodness in their recently expanded showroom. h|h readers are also invited to the pre-sale tomorrow giving you a jump start on the 20-50% off deals on select furniture, accessories and dishware.

p.s. if, like me, your heart flips for ceramics, get ready to do the happy dance since fishcake is the one & only island stockist for mud australia!


a taste of fishcake

fishcake may be better known as one of the many ingredients in a bowl of saimin, but its latest incarnation is as the newest design shop in honolulu. the name is a holdover from the kibun fishcake factory which was a potential showroom site, and although the location was eventually nixed the name stuck.

the kaka'ako showroom is filled with a mix of modern and eclectic pieces sourced the world over from turkey to thailand including furnishings from italy's meridiani, handmade pottery and glass from vermont's simon pearce, and linens from india's abraham & thakore.

in addition, fishcake will shine the spotlight on contemporary artists from the islands via seasonal art exhibits in the showroom.


hank's haute dogs

portuguese haute dog

upon reading that top chef miami contender dale levitski stopped by hank's haute dogs during a visit to the islands on 'ono kine grindz, i immediately jotted it down as a potential lunch stop for my next visit home. acclaimed restaurateur henry adaniya made his name on the mainland with his much lauded chicago restaurant trio (where dale once cooked), but decided to return to his hawaii roots and introduce a more gourmet take on the picnic staple.

the kaka'ako spot is small but modern with limited seating at the counter inside and a few shaded tables outside (adjacent to the parking lot). i opted for the portuguese dog since it seemed like a genius idea, however, it didn't have quite the right spice mix for me (i'm more of a gouvea girl). my fella ordered up a hank's frank, a chicago style dog piled high with onions, tomatoes, relish and hot peppers, and, after sneaking a bite, i wished i had one to call my own.

chicago style

ingredients are high quality so if a costco special is more your speed be prepared for potential sticker shock since prices start at $4.50 (our lunch of two dogs, onion rings, and a drink rang up just under $20). that being said, it was worth the price of admission since i amused myself by insisting we pronounce haute correctly (dropping the "h" à la français) and spent many an afternoon with my fella trying to decide if today was the day to stop for an oht dog.

daily specials feature house made specialties like rabbit, lobster & duck/foie gras dogs so take a peek at the menu before you go.

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