Eat the Street Kaka’ako: A must for foodies

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After January’s hugely successful Eat the Street food truck rally — where 1,200-plus people jammed a Kapiolani Boulevard parking lot to taste everything from Gogi Korean Tacos to Melt’s foie gras soup — it was clear Honolulu is hungry for innovative food events.

It was inevitable that Eat the Street organizer Poni Askew of StreetGrindz.com would throw another event, but this time, she’s planning a much bigger food truck rally, with the help of two new partners — Kamehameha Schools and Nonstop Honolulu.

That’s right. StreetGrindz.com, Kamehameha Schools and Nonstop Honolulu have teamed up for Eat the Street Kaka’ako, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m., at a huge parking lot (at 555 South St.) owned by Kamehameha Schools.

Twenty six trucks and street food vendors have already signed up, including Melt Honolulu, Gogi Korean Tacos, Soul Patrol, Xtreme Tacos, Stacy’s LauLau and Grindz, Malia’s Pasteles and Poke, T.A.S.T.E., Let Them Eat Cupcakes, Dixie Grill, Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods, Zsoli’s Chimney Cake, Le Crepe Cafe, Camille’s on Wheels, Jawaiian Irie Jerk, Lickety Split, The Cafe Truck, Kaka’ako Kool, OnoPops, Fairy Cakes Hawaii, Simply Ono, J & K Local Grindz, 4 Caterers, Tacos Vicente, Whys Catering, Aloha Ice Cream Tricycles and Hawaii Hot Dogs. They’ll also be other vendors and two DJs spinning tunes.

We’re expecting a huge crowd, but this time, they’ll be more space for people to roam, enjoy the music and eat al fresco. It’s going to be a fantastic foodie event, so definitely mark your calendar.

While StreetGrindz remains the event organizer, Nonstop’s role is to help promote and cover the event. We’ll have preview galleries and video the week leading up to the event, and we’ll be livestreaming the rally and posting photos and Twitter feeds on our site. We’re really excited to be involved. We know our audience loves to go out, try new foods and meet new people, so Eat the Street Kaka’ako is perfectly synergistic to what we’re all about.

Kamehameha Schools, meanwhile, has plans to build a new community on nine city blocks in Kaka’ako ma‘uka, with shopping, dining and entertainment. Eat the Street Kaka’ako is a great way for them to be part of a fun, innovative event that supports their commercial tenants and mission.

If you have an iPhone, be sure to download the free Mālama Card app at http://bit.ly/MalamaApp. Participating food trucks will have deals available in a special Eat the Street Kaka’ako directory on the Mālama Card app.

So we’ll see you on Feb. 25. And if you missed the first Eat the Street, here’s a look at that event:

Eat the Street

Eat the Street

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By Mari Taketa
Nonstop

An epic night, this town's first Eat the Street food truck rally, and if you were anywhere near the vicinity of Kapiolani Boulevard last night, you knew it.

How epic? For the first time ever in Hawaii, 10 food trucks plus more food booths converged in the parking lot across 24 Hour Fitness. Organizer StreetGrindz.com hoped for 800 eaters; by 7 p.m. there were more than 1,000: foodies, tweeps, lurkers and more, enough to earn a Swarm badge on Foursquare.

Totally chill crowd, which was good because the lines were epic too. As night fell, the wait for food at the most popular trucks stretched to more than an hour, and then the sold-out signs started going up.

Overall assessment? More, please. Honolulu's hungry for mainland-style food truck rallies. Last night absolutely proved it.

— Photo by Ernest Sanada

22 comments
johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

If you're on twitter, be sure to use the #EatTheStreet hashtag and join the Eat the Street Kaka‘ako tweetup: http://bit.ly/tweatup.

Preview coverage starts tomorrow on Nonstop — look for the banner at the top of the page and tune in to @kitv4 for live segments during the morning show featuring different trucks throughout the week.

Full coverage will be here: http://www.nonstophonolulu.com/eatthestreet

808marv
808marv

@streetgrindz tweeted that the count now stands at 23. From reading the list it looks like there will be a lot more chances for dessert this time around. :-)

John Garcia
John Garcia

She sure does, Ryan! It'll be her big debut. Should be cool! Hope you can make it down!

John Garcia
John Garcia

She sure does, Ryan! It'll be her big debut. Should be cool! Hope you can make it down!

M
M

Hello Diane
I miss the first one and I hoping to be there for this one.

hawaii
hawaii

Hated missing the first one, but with @nonstophonolulu and @ksnews adding their considerable talents, this one is irresistible! Are T.A.S.T.E., Malia's Pasteles, Jawaiian Irie Jerk, Lickety Split and Aloha Ice Cream Tricycles on Twitter? They should be!

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

We've updated this article with a list of all 19 participating vendors! Check it out and spread the word: http://hnl.me/EatTheStreet

On Monday, we'll be launching preview content of each truck throughout the week so you can get to know the vendors, their food and what to try on Friday!

Also, if you haven't already, download the free Malama Card iPhone application: http://bit.ly/MalamaApp

Each food truck will be offering a Malama Card discount to support Kamehameha School's educational mission.

The app is GPS enabled and will make for an easy interactive event guide to learn more about the trucks and see what discounts they're offering. Show the app's virtual card and you'll be able to redeem the discount.

JonasMaon
JonasMaon

Wow! This sounds great! I missed the last one, but hopefully will be able to make it down this time.

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

Yes! Hope you two make it out there! Tell your friends to come on down! Much larger space than the last event and hoping to get more trucks to attend. Big ups to Kamehameha Schools for hosting the event, Malama Card for providing savings and discounts from each vendor and YOU for your support!

808marv
808marv

This is gonna be awesome, can't believe how big of a jump Eat The Street has made in only one month! Bigger lot, better area, and I'm sure better organized from learning the lessons of the first one. Gettin' hungry already!

MoOgooGuypAN
MoOgooGuypAN

All right! You guys seriously rock! Finally something to do other than the usual bars and night clubs. Now if you can get Cat to muster up some of her wine-o friends and open up a wine bar there...food, drinks, friends...can't beat that. BTW Di, it would be cool if your crew had there own booth with food samples of your own.

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

@hawaii Yes! Tuesday's story coverage will include a map of the lot, where to park and some information about the Kaka‘ako neighborhood.

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

@M Yeah, this one is shaping up to be a really good event. I saw a drawing today of the parking lot. It's huge.

hawaii
hawaii

@DianeSeo Ah! Kathy! Thanks! Does she tweet her ice cream appearances? Wait. Does she ride a tricycle?

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

@hawaii Hey Ryan, Aloha Ice Cream Tricycles is run by the same person who runs the Mission Houses Museum Cafe & Tea Parlor. Her Twitter is @cafeteaparlor

808marv
808marv

@hawaii talked with the guy at T.A.S.T.E. a while back about Twitter, he didn't seem to be all that enthusiastic to jump in just yet. Might have changed his mind since then though. That reminds me, I have a Groupon from them I gotta use!

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

Hope so too, Jonas! We should start a twitvite for all the twitter peeps as well!

harrycovair
harrycovair

@808marv Bigger, better, and more closer parking. Definitely gonna get there early since it's on Friday night.

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