Fourth of July @ Ala Moana

Some 50,000 people turned out for the 24th Annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular at Ala Moana and Magic Island, launched from three separate platforms at Ala Moana Beach Park and sponsored by Ala Moana Center with a soundtrack by FM 92.3 KSSK.

Surprisingly, there were still places to park at Ala Moana Center near sunset, and while there were no designated areas to watch the fireworks from, the parking deck on Macy’s side was crowded with tailgaters and families lining the sidewalks and balconies with the best view.

Tomorrow, Ala Moana Center will be continuing festivities with their 20% Savings Pass and an entertainment lineup starting at 3 p.m. on Centerstage that includes EMKE, Kalai Stern and Hoku Zuttermeister.

Happy Independence Day!

Fourth of July @ Ala Moana

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For your viewing pleasure (and if you missed them), here’s a short clip of the fireworks:

Moiliili Summerfest 2015

Thousands came out to eat, shop and dance at Friday’s Moiliili Summer Fest, a huge outdoor event at the old Varsity Theater parking lot presented by Moiliili Hongwanji Mission and Kamehameha Schools.

What makes this particular bon dance so popular? Maybe it was the 20+ food trucks providing oishii summer eats, or the family-friendly entertainment and atmosphere, or maybe it was the neat local pop-up shops, some of which you can only find at this type of event. The heart of it all, of course, was the traditional bon dance around the yagura tower.

Photos by Melissa Chang and Tracy Chan

Moiliili Summerfest 2015

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Eat the Street: USA

Comfort food, soul food and quintessentially American dishes like burgers and ribs ruled at Friday’s Eat the Street, held at Kakaako Waterfront Park. It was the debut of the red Toko Express truck, serving up an extremely popular mac and cheese sandwich that sold out long before the end of the night, along with Big and Beast Sandwich and crowd favorites like Tin Hut BBQ, Hawaiian Fresh Farms and Paul’s Poppers.

This month also marked the debut of the Mana Mele solar-powered mobile studio, a long silver van powering the live music stage that is Hawaii’s first solar-powered professional music studio, in addition to being a music and multimedia academy for kids and a mentorship program for fledgling musicians.

Eat the Street: American

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Honolulu Night + Market: Sip Of Summer

Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

June’s Night Market celebrated the sights, sounds, fashion, food and libations of summer, with new retailers including local handmade swimwear lines, lots of smoked and BBQ meat outside, and a cocktail and local food pop-up behind the vendors’ warehouse by Kau Kau Grill and local breweries Mehana, Hawaii Nui, Ocean Vodka, Kona Brewery and more.

In the Kakaako Agora warehouse at 449 Cooke Street, waves of Post-Its lined the walls at the “Water Is…” interactive photo and educational exhibit.

Next door, local fashion retailers like Vermilli, House of Aria, Manaola, VH07V, Green Mountain Hawaii, Andy South and Bikini Bird were extremely popular with shoppers.

The fashion show by Mikinola featured swimwear and light, flowing summer designs styled by owner and stylist Dara.

Stay tuned for details on Dog Days, next month’s pet-friendly Night Market, when you’re encouraged to bring your furry friends.

Honolulu Night + Market: Sip Of Summer

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Party pics: Thomas Jack with Super CW, Ramyt & Voltaic

Local DJs Super CW, Ramyt and duo Voltaic performed opening sets for Australian electro wizard Thomas Jack Saturday night at Republik. Super CW’s soulful set was one of the last before she begins undergoing cancer treatments, and several concert-goers bought tickets from her to help support her fight.

Thomas Jack’s fun, feel-good, summer vibe set was greeted with enthusiasm by the crowd.

Thomas Jack with Super CW, Ramyt & Voltaic

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Photo by Tracy Chan