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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

Save the Date

The first KIA Networking Event will be held via Zoom (login info below) on Wednesday, April 28th starting at 11:30am. This is a great opportunity for KIA members to give a short presentation on their company, while listening and learning about other KIA members. This is where connections and referrals can be made for future business or friendships.

Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director, has been holding these events since 2012, when the first once-a-year KIA Networking Event started, then went to twice a year upon the request of a KIA members. With this event, she learned about a number of KIA members and has enjoyed meals and games at Dave & Buster’s, dinner at The Stage Restaurant at Honolulu Design Center, Christmas shopping at Ohana Hale Marketplace, purchased stamps, books and cards from Logos Bookstore of Hawaii, shopped for food at Down to Earth when in Kakaako, and had her husband’s car repaired at City Fender.

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Visit to find out about the tentative 2021 Calendar of Events of the Children’s Discovery Center. Just to share with KIA members their April Spring Fling will be held Friday & Saturday, April 2nd & 3rd with an egg hunt in the Center’s galleries and special spring crafts. There will also be a special May Day activities on Saturday, May 1st. Call 524-5437 with any questions.

KIA 2021 Membership Dues

Mahalo to the following members who have renewed their 2021 membership dues with the Kakaako Improvement. If your name or company name is not listed, please use this renewal form for payment to continue as a valued KIA member.

AOAO 1350 Ala Moana

AOAO of Hawaiki Tower, Inc.

1118 Ala Moana (dba Waiea)

Barbie Hee

Bergeman Group

Children’s Discovery Center

Chuck’s Corvette Clinic

Compass Hawaii Loans

First Hawaiian Bank


Honolulu Design Center

Interstate Restoration Hawaii

J. Kadowaki, Inc.

King Street Properties, LLC

Ka`a Limited Partnership

Limit, LLC

Logos Bookstore of Hawaii

MD Restoration

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Pacific Business News

Pacific Electrical Sales Agency

Pomale Ltd

Sofos Realty Corporation

Stanford Carr Development

Synergy Design

Territorial Savings Bank

U. Okada & Co., Ltd.

History of Kakaako

From Bob Sigall’s recent article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:  Mother Margaret Waldron was a fourth grade Pohukaina School teacher from 1913, when it opened, in the then-developing residential neighborhood of Kakaako until she retired 21 years later in 1934. After school, Mother Waldron organized football games, sewing classes and cooking clubs.  When Matson complained that many of boys who dived for coins thrown by ship passengers at Aloha Tower were naked, Mother Waldron obtained swim trunks and built a changing shake for the “wharf rats,” most of whom were her students.

The children of Pohukaina School gave her a pin that said “Mother” for her 50th birthday in 1923. She wore it every day for the rest of her life. As she was dying in the hospital in 1936, huge throngs of people cam to pay their respects to “Mama.”  Many now call her the Patron Saint of Kakaako.