Da Kikokiko, a modern Hawaiian restaurant serves a twist on traditionally served poke bowls with vintage islander vibes.
Upon entry there is a new take a mid century inspired breeze block wall. Assembled as a collage instead of simple stacked block, and art installation was created from a common building material. Wrapping the front counter, and sprinkled along the floors, is an abstract pattern of tiles in a tongue and cheek color palette based on Pacific Ocean hues. The prominent architectural feature Is a pitched oak paneled ceiling, tricking the atmosphere to make the interior ceiling read as what could be the exterior roof of a mid century Hawaiian home. Tropical plants dot the floors and Elk Horn ferns line the paneled walls further blurring the line of an outdoor environment. The kitchen "hut" itself is clad in white wood further adding to the residential feel. A creative seating solution for the small space dilemma was designed with custom cantilevered table tops over a long communal bench. Inviting guest to pull up a stool, or four. Adding comfort and texture, bench cushions show off a custom graphic pattern created for Da Kikokiko a modern take on the native Hawaiian textile art, called Kapa. Logo, Pattern, Signage and even the restaurants name itself was conceived by DUST.
The group-encouraging bench seating, communal tables, shelving and counters are done in a walnut and oak in a collaboration with local fabrication studio, Creative Ware.