Yeah, I know. It’s a week late to be posting this but this week has been so hectic! Last weekend I went to the Honolulu Night Market at Kaka’ako con mis amigos LJ and Chris. It was unlike any other HNL Night Market they’ve held in the past! There were more food booths (more like an Eat the Street meets fashion meets the club), the usual pop-up shops, live art, a live band, a bar and a DJ booth with Harlem shakers. It was pretty awesome. I gather it coincided with the new happenings with Pow Wow Hawaii and the Kaka’ako businesses.
Just take a drive down Kaka’ako, you have everything from cafes to auto-tinting businesses covered in beautiful murals by artists all over the world. It’s raining paint, HONOLULU! I love it and can’t get enough of the ever-changing buildings. Hawaii is full of color and culture and this art movement represents all that is “Hawaii.”
Last night’s Honolulu Night Market at Kaka’ako event was pretty chill this time around. They must switch up the vendors each month to keep things fresh. Although there were less interesting food and pop-ups, the entertainment was awesome! There was some sort of drag show and The Deadbeats did their thang.
Inside the Pinch of Salt pop-up marketplace, there was an eye-catching mural of Marilyn. “All great things are preceded with chaos.” Yes, I completely agree!
Then you had your usual glances of hipster heaven, like this typewriter, for example. It was part of Hound & Quail‘s display of vintage, mid-century items. They had some typewriters, polaroid cameras and pretty jars for sale. In the photo on the right, there was a little green shop Paiko, which had some plants, paintings and eco-friendly gift-wrapping paper for sale.
Just outside the entrance of the night market, it looked like live artists were battling it out on the streets. The alcoholics and foodies took to the cocktail specials and the whole place was decked with ornaments and little Santas.
Afterwards, my best friends and I decided the bacon wrapped hot dogs at the night market didn’t sound too appetizing so we scoured the town for a late night hot pot haven. My good friend Sue had told me about Sweet Home Cafe a while ago and I’ve been wanting to go ever since. Hot soup and veggies sounded perfect for a chilly night. So we ordered two tasty broths, cooked some enoki mushrooms, choy sum, tofu and meat. The service was entertaining and excellent.
The grand finale was a complimentary dessert (another reason why I’ve fallen completely in love with this place). I have no idea what it’s called but it was some sort of shaved ice with coffee jello, watermelon jello, green stuff, white jello and tapioca.
It was a good night boys and girls.
So let’s see…
The mastermind behind Darqlabs just informed me that the parking for the Honolulu Night Market has been remedied (you may park at the Eat the Street lot). Damn this overpopulated city! It took me three swear words and a near beat down by a tita in her brown Buick to find parking last time. She was scary and I was ready to leave. (I really didn’t mean to steal her stall. I’ve just grown to be an aggressive driver.)
Now that the parking is taken care of…that means I’m stoked for this event! I’m saving up for some turbands, hipster lens and maybe some macarons. My girls and I are heading down their next Saturday to treat ourselves to some girl time and gawk at the latest products by some local artists. Hopefully attend some improv shows as well?
Confirmed vendors are B.E.A.D.S. HI, Hound & Quail, LMS Boutique, HRDLCK & Maiden Hell, ONEONE Jewelry, LoveBurd Denim, Bamboo Sky and TiffHeartFashion’s Preloved Clothes.
Entrance fee is usually $5. Come out and support your local artists, chefs, designers and performers. It’s the cool thing to do.