If you’ve walked by Kaka’ako
lately, you might’ve noticed the closed sign and the papered over windows of
Interisland Terminal’s R&D. The multi-use space has been home to a bookshop
of art, design and culinary books, as well as providing open workspace for
collaboration. It’s been closed for more than a month, and is on the verge of
revealing its makeover look later today.
Wei Fang is part of the
R&D team and has overseen the remodeling.
R&D’s large windows
shine light on the noticeably bigger space and loftier heights. Beams of
wood from the old ceiling were repurposed to create a wood counter bar that now
lines the side of the café.
Christian O’Connor is one
such regular who popped by to check out the new space.
You can see the new space
for yourself at R&D’s re-launch party. It takes place tonight at 6:30 and
you can buy tickets to the event here or submit a donation here.
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)