Who knew what to expect from Saturday’s Eat the Street Mililani? It’s clear the food truck rally concept could travel, but would folks in Mililani truly embrace an event that’s rooted in the heart of Honolulu? Maybe several hundred people would show. Maybe 1,000…
As it turned out, Eat the Street Mililani was outright madness, with thousands jamming into Mililani Mauka’s Rec Center 7 to sample dishes from 31 food vendors. Organizer Poni Askew of Streetgrindz.com estimates 6,500-7,000 were in attendance during the 2-7 p.m. run. “Many trucks had to do two to three additional runs for food to keep up with the demand,” she wrote in an email after the event. “Despite all the great activities happening in town and on TV (go ‘bows, LOL), Mililani was definitely ready for a new and exciting event to holo holo in their neck of the woods.”
To give you an idea what the late-afternoon crowd looked like, here’s a video by Mililani resident Ryan Ozawa:
Here’s what my ETS Mililani experience was like:
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Hello, Eat the Street. But whoa, where am I? The scene is familiar (food trucks snaked around a parking lot), but we're at Mililani Rec Center 7, tucked deep in Mililani Mauka, with town homes surrounding us. Yup, we're definitely not in Kaka'ako anymore.
After I left, a flash mob promoting Haunted Lagoon busted out, with dancers from 24-VII Danceforce breaking out to a medley of Michael Jackson tunes, including the Halloween classic, “Thriller.” Here’s a video of the flash mob by Foodie96744 on YouTube: