“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”
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 @ the Main Stage
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?
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.
Real Texas BBQ
Food Trucks Taken To A New Level
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
Christmas Shopping DONE!
Dear Santa, I WANT THIS!
Hand Crafted Clutches With Local Flair
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.
Supporting Local Businesses
You Can’t Get More Hipster Than That
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
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!
What Better Way To Spend Your Saturday Night Than With Your Girlfriends
Having Far Too Much Fun With Strangers
Galleries Around Every Corner
If You Need To Unwind
Fun For The Keikis
Looking For The Perfect Print
Custom Designed Kicks
Cutest Clothes You Cannot Find Anywhere Else
Where the Art Comes To You
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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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.