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PARK(ing) Day brings ‘parklet’ pop-ups to Honolulu

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  • DENNIS ODA / 2014

    A 9 x 22-foot parklet, constructed from re-purposed materials and designed with an “eat” and “play” theme, was constructed in Kakaako in 2014. Parklets are public outdoor spaces created by extending a platform over curbside parking.

For downtown drivers looking for street parking on Friday, there will be eight fewer spaces as Honolulu citizens and businsses participate in PARK(ing) Day 2018.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual event in which citizens, artists and activists nationwide temporarily transform a parking space into a “parklet,” or creative public space that will pop up from the general hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, which participates every year.

Biki Hawaii announced on Twitter that it will set up a parklet at a future stop at the intersection of Iwilei Road and Sumner Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, offering coffee and gelato.

Another parking spot in front of the Arts at Marks Garage at 1159 Nuuanu Ave. will also be transformed, along with spots at 731 and 841 Bishop streets.

In Kakaako, some of the “parklet” creators will congregate at the parklet fronting Paiko on Auahi Street in the evening on Friday.

The PARK(ing) Day movement began in 2005 in downtown San Francisco, when an art and design studio transformed a parking stall into an installation. The event has since become a global event that takes place every year in September.

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