Art & Flea, the long-running haven for local vendors, artists and craftspeople, set up shop at the Honolulu Museum of Art School on Victoria Street for a summer event that showcased locally made arts and crafts, plus DJs from KTUH and Secret Record Store, and live music by Lucie & The Perfect Wave and acoustic rock artist Jabez Theodore. Upstairs inside the Museum of Art School, the Hawaii Comic Book Alliance had a special exhibition, featuring artists selling and signing their comic books and art.
The trade winds picked up just in time for Eat the Street: Spicy at the Makers & Tasters lot across from Ward Centers, cooling things down a bit and encouraging people to try spicy themed offerings like the Habanero pepper Flaming Lechon from Elena’s Filipino, Spicy Shrimp Kelaguen and Spicy Pork Sausage from Chamorro Grindz, Sriracha Lime Kettle Corn from Ono Kettle Pop, the made-with-real-ghost-pepper spicy Ghost Turkey poppers from Paul’s Poppers, and several other spicy dishes of different ethnicities.
For dessert, the cool-yet-spicy Mango Habanero pops from Aloha Pops and Ono Pops’ deconstructed sundaes with black pepper ice cream, guava chili jam and crystallized ginger were popular.
See you at next month’s Eat the Street: Oktoberfest!
The huge annual Made in Hawaii Festival this weekend is a fantastic place to find hundreds of local-kine food and condiment vendors, clothing and jewelry designers, horticulturalists, artists, woodworkers, Hale Aina Award-winning chefs, Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musicians and more from every Island in Hawaii. If you like any part of living in Hawaii, there’s probably something here you’ll like.
Happening every Statehood Day Weekend, the event, produced by the Hawaii Food Industry Association and sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank, has become known as one of the best places to shop for unique local gifts, from SPAM musubi plushies, smartphone cases featuring local artists and gorgeous handcrafted art pieces to small-batch food seasonings, gourmet desserts and gift baskets to limited-edition local streetwear, lau hala hats and traditional Hawaiian accessories and clothing.
The festival continues Saturday and Sunday, but we recommend going early, because this one gets CROWDED!
Made in Hawaii Festival
Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena
Friday August 19: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 20: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 21: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$6; children 6 and under free
Some highlights of the first day:
Want to see what else is at Blaisdell this weekend? Here’s the rest of our photos from Friday, the festival’s insanely packed opening day!
Photos by Melissa Chang and Tracy Chan
The movies have started running, but last night the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (HRFF) officially celebrated its month of international Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) films showing at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre every weekend.
Businessman Jack Law started the film festival in 1989, and — now in its 27th year — it is one of the longest-running LGBT film festivals in the country. The HRFF has presented hundreds of documentaries, feature films, shorts and animations from around the world, with special consideration given to Hawaii-based filmmakers.
This red carpet event at the Honolulu Museum of Art Luce Courtyard featured some of the actors and filmmakers from this year’s films, as well as other VIP delegates, music from DJ Globes, and performances by Universal Showqueen 2016 Jerrica Benton and drag performer Cara Mel. Attendees also enjoyed food and drink stations from Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand, Fresh Box, Chiko’s Tavern, Chef Chai, Cafe Kaila, The Baker & Butcher, The Pig & The Lady, La Tour Cafe, and Rumfire Waikiki. Volunteers from presenting sponsor Bank of Hawaii helped serve the dishes.
To see the schedule of films and events for HRFF 2016, click here. On social media, follow the hashtag #HRFF27.
The second day of the Fifth Annual Pacific Ink and Art Expo was crowded, a lively gathering of tattoo artists and enthusiasts from all over the world. Some notable artists in attendance were legendary tattoo veteran Lyle Tuttle, who has been inking people since 1949, Hawaii’s own Suluape Keone Nunes, known worldwide as a master of traditional Hawaiian tatau (tapping) and “America’s Tattoo Godmother,” Shanghai Kate, who has worked alongside Sailor Jerry and Ed Hardy.
The highlight Saturday on the main stage was the Miss PIAE 2016 pageant. Congratulations, Mara, for winning the title! The Expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pacific Ink and Art Expo
Neal S. Blaisdell Center
777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI
August 5th, 6th, 7th