“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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Join us this Saturday night:
Saturday. November 16th
683 Auahi St in Kakaako
(between Restaurant Row and Ward Center)
Are you ready for another fashion filled edition of the Honolulu Night Market?
Saturday, October 19th, you get just that with Honolulu Night Market: Runway
3RDi Galleries (pronounced “third eye”) will be back in the warehouse tomorrow. The local startup company specializes in premium art cases for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Galaxy devices and works with local and international artists for artwork. Stir Crazy Hawaii creates hand dyed silk scarves, hair accessories and organic cotton t-shirts and will have a booth at the Honolulu Night Market. Each piece is individually wrapped or tied, which creates unique color combinations and adds a pop to your everyday wardrobe.
Are you ready to get Xtreme? Night Market is very excited to announce an extreme theme for the summer: We’ll be hosting the daring athletes from Red Bull’s X-Fighters Jams Freestyle Motocross team, performing live jumps on the street in Kakaako!
Get to Night Market early as Red Bull athletes Keith Sayers, Wes Agee, and 3-time X-Games Gold Medalist Ronnie Renner take to the streets with their bikes to impress the crowd with gravity-defying jumps and stunts.
The jump demo will be followed by a meet & greet and autograph session with the athletes. To recap:
Red Bull X-Fighters Jams @ Night Market
Saturday, June 15
Demonstration: 6 pm – 7 pm
Athlete meet & greet: 7 pm – 8 pm
A little bit of history: The first Red Bull X-Fighters Freestyle Motocross competition took place in 2001 in the bullfighting arena in Valencia, Spain, and the annual event quickly became Europe’s biggest Freestyle Motocross event. The competition has also been staged in stunning locations around the world, like the Plaza de Toros in Mexico City, Poland’s National Stadium, the Battersea Power Station in London and the Galle Face Green promenade in Sri Lanka.
Want to see what these guys do? Take a look at this video, filmed in Talcahuano, Chile:
Night Market brings the focus home to Kakaako this month, with a colorful, eclectic lineup of talented performers, some of them big names, who will rock the main stage and perform up and down Auahi Street. Meet May’s main stage lineup, brought to you by Unsigned, HI Presents:
Camile Velasco was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Hawaii, where she was surrounded by both reggae and island music. In 2003, Camile auditioned for the third season of “American Idol” and finished in the Top Ten out of 80,000 participating contestants, performing live for over 25 million viewers. Shortly after the completion of the competition in 2004, Camile went with her fellow contestants on a sold out National Tour. Camile was signed to Universal/Motown and has worked with notable artists such as Apl (Black Eyed Peas), Pras (Fugees), Jeru the Damaja and Stephen Marley, Bob Marley’s son.
Voted Best Female Musician on Maui by “MauiTime” readers four years in a row, charismatic singer/songwriter Erin Smith, who most people might know as the frontwoman of The Throwdowns, comes armed to the stage with her signature red lipsticks, high heels, faux furs, Steven Tyler scarves & guitar. Hailing from Maui, Erin formed The Throwdowns with musical buddies Ola Shaw & Ian Hollingsworth. The band dominated local charts with their anthemic “Kihei Town” and reggae classic “Stay HI” featuring Marty Dread, and have been nominated for three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Erin’s solo work allows her to showcase a more indie-rock, vulnerable and torchy sound. Her first solo album, “Best Disaster,” produced by the team that worked on Arcade Fire’s critically acclaimed album “Funeral,” is set to be released this summer.
Super Groupers (Navid Najafi, Scott Ohtoro and Illis It) are a super powered hip-hop collective relatively new to the scene, but already making waves. As a group and individually, its members have collaborated and opened for artists including Aloe Blacc, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Exile, DJ Swamp, DJ Krush, Dumbfoundead and many other acts.
AUAHI STREET PERFORMERS, PRESENTED BY OAHU FRINGE FESTIVAL
Spatial Sculptors is an integrated community of movers that explore weight, contact, and communication in relation to each other and our environment. Through improvised dance, they create sentences, paragraphs, stories, and experiences. Spatial Sculptors meet regularly at Alive Ballet Center. More information is available at http://improvdancehnl.tumblr.com.
Born in Ube City, Japan and inspired by the movie “Patch Adams,” Yasu came to the United States to become a professional hospital clown. Earning a degree in theatre arts, he also graduated from the Chavez Studio of Magic, the most prestigious magic school in the world. Yasu has performed all over the U.S. with his Japanese culture-themed magic show, and now he has touched down in Honolulu to surprise and delight us.
ISAAC THE STILT-WALKING CLOWN:
Isaac Ligsay is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa studying Theater. He has appeared in the premier showing of “Our Amazing Adventure” at The Paliku Arts Festival and recently at Ong King Arts Center in “32 Clowns.” Isaac is actively involved with TADA (Theater and Dance Association), an organization that supports student artists in their pursuits of experimentation, innovation and research. He is excited to show off his stilt-walking skills at Honolulu Night Market.
Honolulu Night Market really did POP this past weekend.
Thousands of eager fans piled in to 683 Auahi St for this latest installment of Honolulu Night Market in Kakaako. The “Pinch of Salt” warehouse (recently named BEST LATE-NIGHT SHOPPING by Honolulu Magazine) was packed all night with vendors and shoppers alike, while the main stage hosted entertainment by Sing The Body, Taimane Gardner, and not one… not two… but THREE fashion shows.
Check out the gallery below for scenes from Honolulu Night Market: Pop
On the Main Stage this month, we have another exciting lineup to keep your attention throughout the night! Kicking off with Honolulu’s talented multi-genre mixmaster, DJ Mr. Nick at 6 p.m., the night gets off to a lively start with the University of Hawaii’s Fashion Department taking the stage at 6:45 p.m. to show off some of their work. Right after, Haus of Beaute featuring Tiare Thomas will showcase their style with another fashion show, followed by Na Hoku Hanohano nominees/Hard Rock Rising champs Sing the Body, a street fashion show and the incredibly passionate Taimane Gardner as a finale. After the party is the Afterparty, from 11:00 am to 2:00 am at CoXist Studios – free for all 21+ attendees.
The Main Stage lineup:
6:00pm ::: DJ mr.nick (www.djMrNick.com)
6:45pm ::: SPECTRUM Fashion Show featuring designs by the University of Hawaii Apparel Product Design and Merchandising students
7:30pm ::: Fashion Show: resort + swimwear styled by Tiare Thomas of Haus of Beautes feat. DJ Anit
8:00pm ::: Sing The Body (www.Alt-HI.com)
9:15pm ::: Fashion Show: streetwear styled by Tiare Thomas of Haus of Beautes feat. DJ Anit
10:00pm ::: Taimane Gardner (www.Taimane.com)
Free 21+ Afterparty @ CoXist Studio
11:00pm – 2:00am (www.coxistudio.com)
On Auahi Street, outside the main Night Market lot, Fringe Fest provides more entertainers for your amazement and delight.
Activ8 Electro Jazz:
Activ8 electro jazz street band is an ensemble of musicians, dancers and personalities that inspire movement of the people! Led by Jerome James from atop a rolling drumset stage, they will surely get the crowd going with a full horn section, emcees and the most amazing drumming you have ever seen.
Stilt walker Ben Moffat:
Ben Moffat has performed and taught, nationally and internationally, since 1986. Ben received his MFA in Asian theatre and directing from the UH in 1986 and in 1987 began teaching part time at University of Hawai‘i, Windward Community College. In 2011, he resigned as a professor and now freelances as a performer, storyteller, director, writer and teacher. Co-founder of dance theatre company Monkey Waterfall, Ben is a frequent performer at the Talk Story Festival in Honolulu, and has toured the public libraries in Hawai‘i and Wisconsin with various shows, including his solo storytelling performances using masks, stilts, and puppets.
Dancers Unlimited is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. They provide professional dance education and performance opportunities to dancers in Hawaii, and bring local an international dancers together each year to celebrate National Dance Week Hawaii. As a young and vibrant company, Dancers Unlimited has presented original work at various Downtown festivals, The Contemporary Museum, Hawaii State Arts Museum, Hawaii Theatre, Arts at Marks Garage, Trump Waikiki, Loading Zone and many other venues.