Middle Street is full of wonders, starting with Love’s Bakery — “the largest wholesale baker of original and distributed breads, buns, donuts and pies in Hawaii.”
Did you know that Love’s, established in 1851, has a little shop? Bet you did not. On Wednesday it was selling Small Love’s White-N-Wheat for $2.29 a pound and Diamond Bakery Original Animal Crackers for a similarly bargain price.
A couple blocks mauka of Love’s is the Apostolic Faith Church of Honolulu, home of the “Jesus Coming Soon” sign that freeway drivers can’t miss. Fern Elementary, where Mufi Hannemann went to grade school long before he became the city’s tallest mayor ever, and Fern Community Park, where he no doubt played, are right next door.
While there is nothing of interest on the Ewa side, the Diamond Head side is home to what I’ll call The Hub of Honolulu Public Transportation (actually called the Kalihi-Palama Bus Facility, a name that simply doesn’t have the zing of The Hub). This is where Oahu Transit Services has its offices, home to TheBus and TheHandi-Van.
At The Hub — sorry, I mean “TheHub” — you’ll find city buses and vans arriving and leaving every 30 seconds or so. And best of all: There are public restrooms! And shade! And a place to lock up bicycles!
The fun is just beginning on Middle Street.
Back on the nothing Ewa side, a short walk will take you to the spot where the city parks its dump trucks. Who knew that’s where they were stored? Not me.
You are now close to all those concrete overpasses including the Nimitz Viaduct. Underneath is the perfect place to find shelter from the elements. And last time I checked, the authorities had swept out all the homeless.