Chase away back-to-school blues with a back-to-school bash at Ward Centers’ Discover Kaka’ako event on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. The entire family is invited to enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and a fashion show to celebrate the start of a new school year.

Half-y Hour will also be stirring up more enticing concoctions, as the popular event comes back to mix fashionable 50 percent off deals paired with signature cocktails, created by Liquor Collection and sponsored by PINNACLE Vodka. Shoppers must provide an I.D. and be 21 years of age or older to participate in alcohol sampling.

Shoppers can stop by the Discover Kakaʻako information tent to pick up a coupon sheet and map, which guides them to all the fashion-infused fun.

Participating stores this month include As Seen on TV, Big Island Delights, Cottage by the Sea, Downtown GifThings, Island Olive Oil, Novel-T World, Sedona, THEFACESHOP, The Watch & Jewelry Company, and Wahoo’s Fish Taco.

Produced by HPELive, presented by Hawaiʻi Medical Assurance Association, and sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the City and County of Honolulu, this month’s Discover Kaka‘ako events currently include:

  • Kick off the evening with the soothing rhythms of GJ and Jesse Labatte at 5pm, followed by live acoustic music by Johnna Padaken Parel at 6:40pm, culminating in a performance by the talented Jason Alan Duo at 8pm.
  • Give back at the Hawai‘i Literacy Booth by donating new or gently used school supplies, while keiki enjoy storytelling from some of their favorite books.
  • Get crafty at the Art Explorium’s kid-friendly art activities, then take the kids to Playgrounds Organic Café for games and music they’ll love.
  • Scope out the latest back to school trends at T.J.Maxx and visit their booth to enter for a chance to win a T.J.Maxx gift card.
  • Catch the Ward Centers merchant fashion show at 7:45 p.m. as models turn heads in the latest styles from T&C Surf Designs and Loco Boutique.
  • Get your health in check at the Hawai‘i Medical Assurance Association booth with free body composition and blood pressure screenings performed by their skilled wellness team.

Discover Kaka’ako is part of a larger campaign of events known as “Discover Our Islands” that was launched to recognize and honor Hawai’i’s unique culture. Neighborhoods across the state — including Kapolei, Kailua, and Waikīkī — hold similar events throughout the year, recognizing the unique characteristics and features of each area.

Ward Centers is located in the heart of Kaka’ako and is Honolulu’s premier street shopping, dining and entertainment district with 135 unique shops and 40 eateries.

Parking for Discover Kaka’ako is available at any of Ward Centers’ 4,200 event parking stalls located at the T.J. Maxx parking structure, Ward Warehouse, Ward Entertainment and Ward Centre.

To stay up to date on upcoming Discover Kaka’ako events, visit and follow the #discoverkakaako hashtag. To join the conversation for all things Ward Centers, visit Ward Centers’ Facebook page at, and on Twitter a