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Your guide to Saturday’s Night Market

Third Saturday already — the Kakaako block party’s lineup of food, fashion, music, retail and more


Posted March 16, 2013 by Mari Taketa

Time once again for the Kakaako block party that blows up the ‘hood, with more than food, more than shopping, more than fashion, street performers and live music. This time Honolulu Night Market stretches down Auahi from Keawe to Lana Lane with more acts and a theme of pop.

Pop what? Pop art, for starters, pop dancing, pop performances, and the pop-up retail (14 vendors at Pinch of Salt, voted Honolulu’s best late-night shopping) and pop-up food (13 trucks and street food booths), you already know. Add to that three fashion shows strutting college style, resort style and street style, while Sing the Body and then Taimane take the stage under the urban stars.

Hey, and don’t forget the Instagrams and Twitpics. Hashtag for the night: #ourkakaako.

Here’s the basics of what you need to know, plus close-up looks at who’s coming and what’s in store for you to eat, buy, see and do.

What: Honolulu Night + Market
When: Saturday, March 16 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: 683 Auahi St. between Keawe Street and Lana Lane
Admission: FREE
Parking: On-site and street parking, including Eat the Street lot one block away at 555 South St.

THE FOOD

BEYOND BURGERS: Grass-fed burgers, all-beef bacon-wrapped hotdogs, fruit-infused lemonades & iced teas

BUBBLE PUFF & TEA: Bubble Puff waffles with assorted toppings or ala mode, Jalea coffee or tea jelly drinks, plantation iced tea

FIREHOUSE FOOD TRUCK: Texas-style chili, Texas slow-roasted BBQ pulled pork nachos, chicken kelaguen plate--Guam's favorite

HAWAII'S FRIED MUSUBI: Mama's fried chicken, Spam musubi, spicy bomb musubi, Hawaiian-style ahi, fried Oreos, fried cupcakes, fried cheesecake, fried PBJs

KIAWE PIZZA: Citrus pork belly pizza with shiitake mushrooms, spinach and three cheeses; classic Margherita of fresh basil, mozzarella, tomato sauce

KOHNOTORI: Yakitori, Japan's iconic street food of chicken grilled on skewers; okonomiyaki--crispy, gooey grilled dough balls stuffed with octopus and veggies

LA COSECHA: Tacos and nachos with pork carnitas and chicken+chorizo, arugula and tomato quesadillas, churro pops

LET THEM EAT CUPCAKES: Red velvet cupcake and mochi cupcake with chocolate cake, chocolate ganache and a chichidango center

OKONOMI GRINDS: Japanese savory pancakes with kimchee and bacon or mochi and cheese; yakisoba noodles

PAUL'S POPPERS: Potato, bacon, cheddar cheese; strawberry decadence; crab rangoon; three-cheese jalapeno; chocolate and Reese's Pieces

POP POP DONUTS: Pineapple-glazed donuts, coconut-glazed, plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, chocolate syrup

SHOGUNAI TACOS: Chicken tajine plate, Moroccan eggplant stew with garbanzo beans, hummus and pita, Atlas Mountain rice

WOW WOW WAFFLES: Belgian-style street waffles: Belgian Torpedo with chocolate sticks; Tropical Treat with bananas, real whip and mac nuts; Huli Chicken with cheddar and maple syrup

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE ENTERTAINMENT


Sing the Body (onstage at 8 p.m.)

Sing the Body, a name inspired by Walt Whitman, are a blend of rock, folk and alternative music that has fused into a unique sound of their own. Taking a “less is more” attitude, this two-member collective are Na Hoku Hanohano nominees and Hard Rock Rising champs. Sample their music here

SPECTRUM featuring designs by the University of Hawaii Apparel Product Design and Merchandising students (onstage at 6:45 p.m.)

Resort and swimwear styled by Tiare Thomas of Haus of Beaute (onstage at 7:30 p.m.)

Streetwear styled by Tiare Thomas of Haus of Beaute (onstage at 9:15 p.m.)


Taimane (onstage at 10 p.m.)

Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane can morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawaii. Click here and scroll down for her music

BDK Skate: Skateboarding demos and open skate sessions — BYOBoards

Street performances

Featuring Activ8 Fleet Jazz, stilt walkers, Dancers Unlimited, capoeira demo

Free 21+ after-party at CoXist Studio, 331 Keawe St. (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.)


THE SHOPPING

Chromatixe: TBA
Community HI: Locally designed men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, footwear, jewelry
Digs Hawaii: Latest in men’s hip-hop styles and streetwear brands
Greenroom Hawaii: Contemporary surf-inspired art
Kira Hawaii: Delicate bangles, cuffs, rings in gold and silver
Mikinola’s Closet: Locally inspired jewelry, shoes, handbags
Milk & Honey: On-trend women’s clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry
Mojo Barbershop: Quality grooming services for men
Oh Snap Instabooth: Say cheese! Pop-up photo and video booth
Pualani Swimwear Kailua: Swim and activewear that looks great in and out of the water
Pure Joy Adornments: Unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings
Quince: TBA
Rubber Stamp Plantation: Hawaii-inspired rubber stamps, decals, stickers, tatoos
Salt Liko: TBA
Threading Lounge: Threading services, henna tatoos, hairstyline
 
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Makkuro Makkuro at R/D, 691 Auahi: New and secondhand garments, accessories, miscellaneous goods

Comments


You can read all of Mari’s blogs at www.nonstophonolulu.com/Deliriyum. Follow Mari on Twitter @NonStopMari or email at mari@nonstophonolulu.com.

  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    EO:  Was this the one that used to charge admission?

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave yup, the very. are u and mel coming?

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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