Archive: November 2013

Guest Blog: “Girlfriend Dates… Cicily Goes to the Honolulu Night Market”

28Nov

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Guest Blog: “Girlfriend Dates… Cicily Goes to the Honolulu Night Market”

 Kakaako Mural

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” 
― 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Over the summer, thanks to a girl’s night out, I discovered a monthly block party held in Honolulu’s Kakaako district.  It was here that I found our island’s hidden gem.  Tucked in between bustling Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, Kakaako is now home to a Hawaiian hipster’s paradise.

“Girlfriend Dates… Cicily Goes to the Honolulu Night Market”

http://www.divorcedmoms.com/blogs/sweet-cicily/girlfriend-dates-cicily-goes-to-the-honolulu-night-market

I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with the young, bohemian vibe of the Honolulu Night Market. It was as if, I was strolling through New York City’s artistic Greenwich Village or SOHO. As I walking through the crowds, I had noticed people were commenting on how “hip” the Honolulu Market Night Market had been.

live local bands

Live Local Bands @ the Main Stage

packed with excitement

Packed With Excitement

Earlier this month, I had noticed on my Facebook and Twitter feed, that there was another Honolulu Night Market evening, planned for the month of November. Realizing that my son would be with his father for the weekend, this single mama immediately called her best friend to make another “Girlfriend Date” for the Honolulu Night Market.

I live on the other side of the island and I am not too keen on driving into town. HOWEVER, I will ALWAYS make an exception, for the monthly trek to Kakaako, The Honolulu Night Market is an amazing block celebration, that ensures guaranteed fun, AMAZEBALLS food, live music, local art, shopping and mingling with Honolulu’s hip, young crowd.

It doesn’t matter if you bring a date, family, friends or you are riding solo, Kakaako’s Honolulu Night Market has something for everyone.

 what are you eating

What Are You Eating?

There is something intoxicating about the aroma from the food trucks, brightly colored murals sprinkled throughout the neighborhood, dancing to live music, seeing the latest fashions during on the runway stage and people watching while strolling the main street.

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 real texas bbq

Real Texas BBQ

food trucks taken to a new level

Food Trucks Taken To A New Level

 Kakaakos stunning murals

Kakaako’s Stunning Murals

Much like my first adventures at the Honolulu Night Market, I had another great evening!  Not only did I have a fun night on the town with my best friend, I also managed to knock out some much needed Christmas shopping, with all the local clothing vendors, smack dab in the middle of it all.

 Amazing vendors all in one place

Amazing Vendors All In One Place

christmas shopping

Christmas Shopping DONE!

Dear Santa

Dear Santa, I WANT THIS!

 

Hand Crafted Clutches With Local Flair

Hand Crafted Clutches With Local Flair

 

 CRAPPY KIDS

CRAPPY KIDS

 

happy town

Christmas is just a few weeks away and Santa needs to still fill a few more stockings, so you better believe I will be at the next Honolulu Night Market.  I LOVED that my favorite FILTHY FARMGIRL soap company, will be there, carrying over 95 different soaps at the actual Market, as opposed to only a handful at Whole Foods.

 #FILTHY

#FILTHY

 owl

 Supporting Local Businesses

Supporting Local Businesses

 You Can’t Get More Hipster Than That

You Can’t Get More Hipster Than That

 

 shirts

I am counting the days, till I get to eat Buenos Antojitos’ authentic Puerto Rican Shrimp Empanadas on my next evening out. As a former Miami girl, I must say, her empanadas were so AMAZING.  Before I left for the evening, I went back for seconds because it was THAT GOOD.

Bueno Antojitos Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine

Bueno Antojitos Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine

Shrimp Empanadas To Die For

Shrimp Empanadas To Die For

 

For all my single Honolulu folks out there, the Honolulu Night Market is a great opportunity to meet new people.  While sipping on some libations, in the “bar” area, I made friends with some surfers visiting from Sydney, Australia.  By the end of the night, I even had an invite to check out a film festival, in China Town, after the event. What better way to spend a Saturday evening!

beer garden

What Better Way To Spend Your Saturday Night Than With Your Girlfriends

What Better Way To Spend Your Saturday Night Than With Your Girlfriends

gday
G’DAY MATES

party of the year 

Having Far Too Much Fun With Strangers

 

 Galleries Around Every Corner

Galleries Around Every Corner

If You Need To Unwind
If You Need To Unwind

Fun For The Keikis
Fun For The Keikis

 

Looking For The Perfect Print 

Looking For The Perfect Print

Custom Designed Kicks
Custom Designed Kicks

Cutest Clothes You Cannot Find Anywhere Else
Cutest Clothes You Cannot Find Anywhere Else

Where the Art Comes To You
Where the Art Comes To You

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@BuenosAntojitos + @GirlsWhoBake Next Door

16Nov

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@BuenosAntojitos + @GirlsWhoBake Next Door

If you’re hungry tonight, you’re in luck – stop by Buenos Antojitos for authentic Puerto Rican cuisine including Chicken empanadas, beef empanadas, shrimp empanadas; “Splurge” plates with one empanada plus rice with gandule beans and mixed greens. Girls Who Bake Next Door will have chocolate toffee peanut butter cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, carrot cupcakes, horchata cupcakes and lemon bars – indulge yourself and SPLURGE at tonight’s Honolulu Night Market!

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@MattBruening + Pualani Swimwear

15Nov

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@MattBruening + Pualani Swimwear

This Saturday’s Honolulu Night Market will feature lots of unique + eclectic finds from local designers for your choosing. In addition to being featured in this month’s fashion show, styles from MB (Matt Bruening)’s modern, urban-bohemian line will be selling in the retail warehouse, the line’s first ever retailing event. Pick up everything you need for the holidays, like this Sunny Kimono in Limited ‘Tapestry’ print,  tomorrow night starting at 6:00 pm. Pualani Kailua’s popular swimwear, which stays in place, doesn’t lose its shape and looks great in and out of the water, will also be there in the retail warehouse – check it out at Honolulu Night Market!MattBrueningPualaniSwimwear

#HNLNightMarket Performer Preview: Pink Mist

14Nov

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#HNLNightMarket Performer Preview: Pink Mist

Local band Pink Mist has been respected in the indie scene for its innovative, reflective, shoegazey alt-rock since the trio of guitarist Mike Pooley, bassist Kai Salus and drummer Aagnano Septella first got together, setting aside time from their other bands and musical projects to try something different. Bringing to mind coastal atmospheres and memories of the California coastline combined with Hawaii’s beautiful landscape, Pink Mist’s melodies and songs can give one the impression they’re on a road trip.

We talked with Pink Mist frontman, guitarist and vocalist Mike Pooley briefly to catch up on what the band is doing these days, and to get his take on Kakaako.

So what has Pink Mist been up to lately?

We have been playing a lot of shows and working on new music with our new drummer Steve Smith. We ended our bro love with our old drummer, Aagnano, on great terms and he is enjoying playing with his sweet girl Emily in a new band called PAGE.

Give me a few words to describe the “vibe” of your music.

Nostalgic, melodic, fuzzy.

What do you think of Night Market and the growth of the Kakaako district?

Unfortunately, I have never been to Night Market. To say that out loud makes me realize I need to get out more. But I have always wanted to check it out, so i’m excited my first experience will be playing it. I think the growth of Kakaako is exactly what Honolulu’s art scene needs. With the all too familiar shady vibe of Chinatown, it’s nice to know there is an arts district that doesn’t make you clutch your purse when you walk around. It also has a different kind of energy than Chinatown, probably because it’s new and everyone is still bubbling with passion and excitement.

Catch Pink Mist playing on the Main Stage from 9-10 p.m., after the fashion show!

pink mist selfie

Family Roots, Impressed Juice + Twisted Tater

14Nov

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Family Roots, Impressed Juice + Twisted Tater

More onolicious food on tap for Saturday night’s Honolulu Night Market: stop by Kalihi’s Family Roots’ booth for Acai bowls, a vegetarian hot panini or pastrami hot panini.  Impressed Juice will be offering 100% cold-pressed juices with no sugar or water added including pineapple orange lime (cayenne optional), beet carrot apple ginger lemon, cucumber kale cilantro apple ginger lime celery or a Hot Shot with jalapeno, pineapple, lime juice. Cruise by Twisted Tater for spiral potato on a stick with seasonings like Chili Cheese Tray, Bacon Cheddar Ranch Tray. Or try the Splurge with homemade chili and nacho cheese hot dog (2), Tater Tray with bacon, ranch, green onion, jalapenos, pineapple lemonade. Save your hunger for Saturday night!

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@Lei_Chic Presents: @HandmadeLifeHI

14Nov

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@Lei_Chic Presents: @HandmadeLifeHI

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Lei Chic’s featured warehouse designer this month is Kailua-Kona’s Handmade Life Hawaii. The line initially began with greeting cards and upcycled bags and has expanded into a collection of screenprinted apparel and hats – we’re talking tops, bandeaus and miniskirts-slash-tube-tops in bold hues and Navajo prints plus hoodies with Aloha and Handmade Life logos, twisted-back tanks and oversized Aloha rayon tees, available for purchase at Honolulu Night Market. Handmade Life Hawaii is also getting in on the discounting fun: all tees and tanks will be just  $25 each (normal prices range from $28-$32), and if shoppers mention Lei Chic, they’ll shave off an extra five percent. Plus enter to win a coffee sack clutch (retail value: $75) at the booth, no purchase necessary and more info from Lei Chic here.

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@Cakeworks, @WaiOlaLife, @KavaKine

14Nov

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@Cakeworks, @WaiOlaLife, @KavaKine

For a sweet treat Saturday night, Cake Works will have a variety of french macarons including Very Berry and Pumpkin Spice for the Thanksgiving season. Refresh yourself with Waiola Coconut Water and mellow out with kava bowls at Kava Kine — all this and more at #HNLNightMarket.

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11/16 #HNLNightMarket Line-Up

13Nov

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11/16 #HNLNightMarket Line-Up

Honolulu Night Market’s back on Saturday, November 16th and this month’s theme is SPLURGE. Check out which local vendors will be lining up in the Pinch of Salt warehouse and get ready to do some holiday shopping. And as part of this month’s theme, retail vendors will be offering one or more products at 20% off during an ‘earlybird trunk show’ from 6-7 pm. So come early and then fuel up for round 2 with Honolulu Night Market’s onolicious food vendors – 6-11 pm on 11/16! 

 

RETAIL

Indi Ocean Designs
Avant Pop
Panacea Designs
Londyn Empire Fashions
Jana Lam
Oahugrown Clothing
Filthy Farmgirl
Aloha Sailor
Happy Town Hawaii
Vermilli
Keiki Elements
Treehouse
Salt + Sand
Issa de mar & Roam Hawaii
MB (Matt Bruening)
Bamboo Sky
Ocean Dreams Hawaii
Pualani Kailua
Lei Chic’s featured designer: Handmade Life Hawaii
 

FOOD

Petit Suisse
Bonfire Pizza
Hula Shrimp
Taste of Indonesia
Aloha Pops
Cake Works
Blue Truck Teppenyaki
Paul’s Poppers
Oko Guys
Family Roots
Twisted Tater
Buenos Antojitos
Girls Who Bake
Impressed Juice
Waiola Coconut Water
Kava Kine
 
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@OGClothing, @RoamHawaii, @IssaDeMar

13Nov

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@OGClothing, @RoamHawaii, @IssaDeMar

There’s a place to shop for everyone on your holiday list: Oahugrown Clothing for  t-shirts and snapbacks and mobile boutique Roam Hawaii for a collection of vintage beach bags, jewelry and Issa De’ Mar’s cute bikinis. Check out the SPLURGE Honolulu Night Market Saturday, November 16 from 6-11 pm at 683 Auahi Street.

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Salt + Sand, Ocean Dreams Hawaii

12Nov

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On Saturday night, concierge styling service Salt + Sand will open their first public pop up shop featuring hand-picked styles – stop, shop and enter giveaways from 6-11 pm, plus shop a select rack of clothing at 20% off as part of the Honolulu Night Market earlybird trunk show from 6-7 pm. And find handmade ocean-inspired jewelry at the Honolulu Night Market at Ocean Dreams Hawaii’s booth like delicate bangles, earrings, rings and necklaces.

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