Wednesday, September 17, 2014

we are featured as one of the best design + vintage stores in honolulu, according to conde nast traveler. yay! glad to be amongst friends. check it out here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


a few pics from last week's wanted [product] design show. it was a great turnout. mark ariyoshi's clip5 got a seat to the box jelly's jumpschool - a 5-step lean mean start-up program that guides you from idea to product market-fit. we'll be sharing news shortly on how you can get your hands on them!

eric lai, our guest [product] designer, 

Friday, August 1, 2014

you are wanted.

fishcake's [first] products show. deets below!

wanted [product] design // 11 september - 12 november
submission format:
prototype and/or drawing plan, developed imagery
narration (necessary)

email [re: #wanted] to enter
include: name, contact info, what product you will enter
submit in person by august 31 @fishcake
$10 entry fee
any medium or material
any age, any gender
fishcake will curate final showcase

part 1 product and design

fishcake introduces wanted [product] design by hawaii designers.
there is no question that hawaii’s design community has begun to speak on behalf of its own building energy. as a lover of things beautiful and innovative, produced thoughtfully (and with some quirk), fishcake aims to catalyze this movement and asks designers to inspire us with an individual product design.

everyday objects, when reimagined, suddenly have the power to engage ideas and issues beyond the product itself. the best product is one that addresses a need, and a desire. it embraces experimentation and packages complexities in an expressive way that expands beyond the physical object and into our experience.

we’re fortunate to witness collaboration spanning genres of art, craft, and design. there are no rules regarding medium. but we ask that you consider issues of mobility, sustainability, commodification and production (to name a few). and there are no answers! maybe a few questions. narrate your product: what did you observe? how did the idea for your product come about? what are you trying to communicate?  

part 2 design and production

wanted [product] design also serves as a platform to see our favorite hawaii-based products materialize and (mini) multiply. the idea and designer that flies receives a seat at JumpSchool for mentorship + product development.

questions + concerns + praises or ideas?
visit | call 808.593.1231 | follow @fishcakehawaii

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

in july

pardon the lack of a post in a short while. its the year of the horse and things are moving. two exciting things are happening this very week: meet + greet with morning glass coffee, the newest addition to the kamani block family (fishcake + box jelly) and summer fishmarket, a one-day market with a handful of our favorite small kine shops, indie vendors and foods! family + dog friendly, per usual. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

justin davies extraordinaire!

eatery pig and the lady kicked off fishcake[works] first interior project this past fall. fishcake worked hand in hand with the in house crew to create what is now the 24-7 brick + mortar home to pig and the lady. the red brick walls, so characteristic to honolulu's chinatown, come to life with the work of justin davies. davies's work is a seamless collage of photographs. each photograph is delicately, intricately, woven into the narrative. sometimes the story is of tribute, sometimes pure fantasy! we are so pleased that davies's work has a home at pig+lady (and are finding other homes thereafter). 

Check out this article on artist Justin Davies by The Offsetter: A Pig and a Lady and a Justin Davies

Thursday, April 24, 2014

new show in the works! kakaako: water. land. people.

announcing a new art exhibit! and on what more appropriate subject than kakaako itself. 14 artists explore in this provocate exhibition the identity, history, and future of our community. with new work, artists have responded to its water, land and people. the exhibit will take place at two kamani street venues and includes photography, printmaking, installation, painting, and collaborative projects.

these varied works reflect the ongoing changes of honolulu’s kaka‘ako area. from the early days of fishing villages and ponds, salt pans and agriculture to a dense residential community with cemeteries and quarantine stations, to an industrial area (honolulu iron works) to the commercial urban kaka‘ako of today. 

some artists reflect on the past, others look to the future. 

opening reception is saturday may 3 from 6-8 pm 
fishcake, 307c kamani st
herbologie, 318 kamani st
box jelly 307a kamani st - a concurrent exhibition 'hawaii future' is open to viewing next door 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

sunday fishmarket

save the date folks! march 30 is sunday fishmarket, a one-day garage + small kine shops sale!

we are iconic - clothing accessories
stand up eight - furniture
treehouse - vintage cameras
the pacific tea garden - cafe (come hungry)
naoko shinzato - cool things
hound & quail - curiosities
d/k - handmade goods + fabric remnants
p55dle - totes
vintage rose - vintage
zenga - vintage kimonos
mono - stationary / small design goods
aiko moran - cute stuff
south shore paperie - letterpress stationery

rsvp to our facebook event page here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

get your tails in FISHSCHOOL!

contact us to reserve your space at or 808.253.2931
plant play w. the okas
| create a succulent arrangement, learn basic maintenance + upkeep
fee | $30
date | sunday march 23
time | 12:00p - 2:00p ish
material | provided
bring | your own container or salvage one from the okas (for a small fee) 
all about bokashi w. jimmy
what | learn how to make recycle your food waste + make bokashi and take home a mini composting system + get a special offer on bokashi bucket products!
fee | $20
date | sunday march 16
time | 11:30a - 1:30p ish
material | provided!
bring | yourself! 

wet felting w. keiko
| learn the basics of wet felting + take home your own beret
fee | $45

date | every saturday
time | 10:00a - 2:00p ish
material | $20, pay to instructor
bring | brown bag lunch, 2-3 hand towels, 1 small bucket, 5 kitchen sponges


we did a little pop-up of our own...

we are an avid supporter of pop-ups. as most small business retailers know, pop-ups can inject a fresh spark into the mix. but! last week, we did a little pop-up of our own at february's art + flea in kakaako. it was a joy to meet new faces and re-connect with more familiar ones. 

what did we have in store? fish team has been quite busy as of late, 
creating exclusive fishschool
products designed, made, and packaged all here in hawaii! 

[right top] our storefront at art + flea
[right middle] bees, soy waxed canvas lunch bag by d/k
[right bottom] yogi clutch by reise kochi

what about us..

honolulu, hawaii
just a few fish in a big pond trying to place our mark in the ocean.