Everyone knows that there are great murals to see in Kaka’ako and one of the reasons why the area is easy to stroll is down to the art. Fact is, many American cities are not pedestrian friendly as they are not visually pleasing: long stretches of concrete and strip malls. There’s nothing to stimulate you as you walk. Blocks are too long. What becomes difficult about the act of walking is that you become restless and simply want to reach your destination more quickly due to lack of stimulation. Cities that have different kinds of businesses and a mix of housing and commerce in smaller condensed areas promote walking, community, and in the end, good health (note: HONOLULU). After years of living in a small rural village where everyone got around on bike and hoofed it (cars banned from the main drag and have to be parked in a community lot), I really appreciate any district that promotes this type of physical activity. So get on out and walk the area. Channel your inner flaneur and grab a cuppa or a bite to eat when your dogs are tired…Perambulate!
What I like about these two murals below are how they recast the three dimensional problems, so to speak, into part of the design.