Party pics: First Friday May 2015

May’s First Friday didn’t pick up until later in the evening, but there were definitely hot spots during the Art Walk, including The Human Imagination’s skate photography showcase, NextDoor’s art and music fest, and Soul de Cuba’s salsa dancing.

We did some pre-game festivities at The Arts at Mark’s before starting the night. As the sun went down, we decided to turn up. We checked out favorite joints Nextdoor, Downbeat Diner and Lounge and Bar 35. Needing to stretch our legs, we hiked down to Fresh Cafe and The Fixx to check out the scene there.

First Friday May 2015

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First Friday May 2015

What’s happening: Cinco de Mayo 2015

Ready to get your cerveza on (or tequila, if you don’t have to be at work too early)? Here’s a list of the events happening this weekend and on the 5th of May in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

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First Friday Latin Music @ Soul de Cuba

Friday, May 1 from 9:30 p.m.-midnight
Soul de Cuba Cafe, 1121 Bethel St.
Free, 21+ to drink

Start your Cinco de Mayo early with The Son Caribe Band, performing for First Friday at Soul de Cuba Cafe downtown. Performance begins at 9:30 p.m., enjoy Cuban food until midnight.




Cinco De Mayo Block Party @ Restaurant Row

Saturday, May 2 from 5-11 p.m.
Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., and M Nightclub
Free, all ages, 21+ to drink

Celebrate the colors, cuisine, arts, music and folklore of Mexico with the Cinco de Mayo Hispanic Celebration. Then stick around for the after-party from 10 pm.-4 a.m. at M Nightclub.



Cinco de Mayo Cantina Crawl in Chinatown

Tuesday, May 5 from 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
16 participating venues including: Eleven44, Proof, Bethel Street Tap Room, The Fix, The ARTS at Mark’s Garage, Soul de Cuba Cafe, Smith’s Union Bar, The Manifest, Downbeat Lounge, NextDoor, The Dragon Upstairs, Hank’s Cafe, O’Toole’s Irish Pub, Murphy’s Bar & Grill

From the presenters of the ever-popular Zombie Crawl comes this more loosely organized night in Chinatown, celebrating all things Latin. Don’t forget to go early and check out the food, like Taco Tuesday at Fresh Cafe, Bethel Street Tap Room’s delicious Carnitas Tacos Platos, Tres Leches “Cakelettes,” Avocado Ice Cream and Tequila Sunrise Popsicles and the Cocina Pop-up Restaurant at the corner of Nu’uanu & Bethel streets!

Entertainment at the various venues includes:

• Afro-Criollo (latin dance & folk) @ Next Door 7pm-8:30pm
• 2doBem (Brazilian Carnival) @ Eleven44 9pm
• Live Performers @ Soul de Cuba 6-7pm


• Nando (el Control 808) @ Manifest 6-9pm
• Da Lion of Judah @ The Fix 9:30pm
• Jimmy Taco @ Next Door 9pm
• Giuliana @ Eleven44


• “Lucky Loteria” bar-hopping bingo: Pick up your Loteria card at Eleven44 and get a free finger mustache for participating. Stamp your card at all bars and turn in to Next Door to win a sombrero!
• “Loco Mustache” Instagram contest: Take a pic of your crazy mustache (real or painted) and post to Instagram with #LocoMustacheHawaii to enter.
• “Sexy Sombrero”: Who’s sexiest in their Grande Sombrero? Find out at The FIX at 10pm.
• “Hot Head” chili pepper eating contest @ Downbeat Lounge 9:30pm.
• Face Painting: Sugar Skulls & Mustaches @ Manifest 5-8pm.

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Cinco de Drinko @ Just Tacos

Tuesday, May 5 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Just Tacos Mililani, Mililani Town Center, 95-1249 Meheula Pkwy #193
21+, ladies free until 10:30, then $5 cover until 11 p.m., $10 after 11

Each year Just Tacos celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Sabado Con Sabor, crazy drink specials and DJs playing the hottest Latin dance music.


Cinco de Mayo Salsa Dance Party @ Tiki’s

Tuesday, May 5, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Tiki’s Grill and Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave.
Free, 21+ to drink

Join Tiki’s for dinner and stay for live Latin music and Cinco de Mayo drink specials at the bar.


Cinco de Buho

Cinco de Mayo @ Buho

Tuesday, May 5, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Buho Cocina y Cantina, 2250 Kalakaua Ave., Rooftop

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Buho, Waikiki’s classy new rooftop cantina, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time. Celebrate with their delicious Latin food and free salsa dance lessons all day, with live Latin music by The Son Caribe Band starting at 6 p.m.



Cinco de Mayo @ Wahoo’s

Tuesday, May 5 during regular business hours
Wahoo’s Fish Taco, 940 Auahi St.

Get $3 tacos and $3 drink specials all day at Wahoo’s, with live music by Shar Carillo from 6-9 p.m.




Cinco de Mayo @ Hula’s

Tuesday, May 5 during regular business hours
Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, 134 Kapahulu Ave, 2nd Floor

Cinco de Mayo just so happens to fall on Hula’s Tequila Tuesdays, and you know that’s trouble. Get drink specials and happy hour prices all day and be sure to try their “bacos.”

Got a Cinco de Mayo event we missed? Let us know in the comments below!


Eat the Street Philippines 2015

Lumpia, adobo, balut and other Filipino favorites were the stars of the newly relocated Eat the Street, held Friday at Kakaako Gateway Park. Mainstays like Elena’s Filipino had long lines until well after closing time, while dishes like Pauls Poppers’ Pork guisantes popper, Smokin’ Wings and Things’ Filipino Fried Chicken Adobo Wings and Chef Yana of Salo Series’ Kare Kare Lumpia & Halo Halo Turon were also big hits. A fun new addition this month was Primo Popcorn’s “smoking cold” popcorn, flash frozen in nitrogen.

Eat the Street: Philippines 2015

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Party pics: Honolulu Brewer’s Festival 2015

The Honolulu Brewer’s Festival, formerly known as the REAL Beer Festival, gave craft beer lovers a chance to sample 80 beers from Hawaii, the Mainland and international breweries on Saturday at the Kaka’ako Makai Gateway Park. The festival also featured live entertainment and food from 20 of Oahu’s top restaurants.

The event, limited to 2500 people, was hosted and presented by REAL a Gastropub and The Victoria Foundation, Inc., a local 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Proceeds went to benefit the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation.

Honolulu Brewer's Festival 2015

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Something to see: The Art + The Ink

The Heart Sūtra, the inspiration behind this show, is often cited as the best known and most popular Buddhist scripture of all. It teaches enlightenment through emptiness of the self, with the themes of disintegration, impermanence, flux and that form and emptiness are one and the same.

THonolulu dancer and artist Willow Chang has curated a show that is magical, strange, beautiful and at times intense. In one beat solemn, in the next playful, it is a celebration of the range of human emotions that the heart governs. But just as important to the show is the space between beats, when everyone holds their breath and the room reverberates with only the sound of a single tone.

The first part of the show is part improv, part short scripted dance, music, calligraphy and spoken word performances.

IMG_7467-2The second part is literally a 50-minute improv session, where musicians take their place and create rhythms and melodies on the fly, and the dancers jump in as they are moved to. Watching the creative process come alive like this inspires wonder at the mastery of each participant, as they communicate with a language that is made purely of sound and mood. It is a jam session between artists of the highest caliber from opposite ends of the earth, who may have never played together before but have the ability to speak a universal language and create intricate pictures as they learn from each other. Memorable pairings include the spontaneous rhythm collaborations between Kenny Endo and Indian Tabla artist Abhijit Banerjee and several dancers playing off each other.

For this two-night performance, Willow has brought some amazing names together, including:

-Master calligrapher Baikei Uehira (he was unable to attend Friday’s performance so his wife and daughter performed in his stead.)
-Taiko master Kenny Endo
-Special guest of the East-West Center Abhijit Banerjee, a master tabla artist from India (only at Friday’s performance)
-Japanese dancer and swordsman Ikuhiko Aoyama
-Artist and instructor Andy Lee
-Twirling Girlish Hoop Dance Company
-Dancer Sequoia Carr Brown
-Japanese Butoh dancer Lori Ohtani/Tangentz
-Slack key musician Danny Carvalho
-Singing bowl artist Katie Fisher
-Bassist Ernie Provencher
-Performance artist Eric West aka Professor Pandemonium
-Martial artist and poet Michael Hamilton
-Mendhi (henna) artist Maya Ball

Since this is a show that cannot, by its very nature, be the same twice, I highly recommend that you check it out at the Honolulu Design Center’s Cupola Theatre tonight.

The Art + The Ink: Journey of the Heart Sutra
Cupola Theatre at the Honolulu Design Center
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The Art + The Ink: Journey of the Heart Sutra

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Willow Chang