Welcome back, Night Market, we missed you! Your new location, along Cooke Street between Pohukaina and Auahi, is a change of venue. But still, this Saturday, you’ll be the place to hit for entertainment, fashion, shopping, art and food.
This time it’ll be Cooke Street that will close off to vehicle traffic to host food trucks. And the warehouses facing Fisher Hawaii? “We’re trying to foreshadow the future,” says Christian O’Connor, the Kamehameha Schools senior asset manager who helped envision the new Night Market. “Those two warehouses? They can can reactivate the area. We’re bringing Night Market and fashion and stretching it down Cooke Street and Auahi eventually. If you can think it, we can build it in that part of Kakaako. That’s the direction we’re going. It’s very exciting.”
We’ll just have to go see. Highlights of this month’s streetfest include a performance by Yoza and a fashion show featuring swimwear by Issa ‘de Mar. Be sure also to test out the new high-speed Wi-Fi, integrated throughout Our Kaka‘ako.
We’ll also be having an Instagram contest, giving away $100 gift card (enough for a beer party for you and your friends) to Honolulu Beerworks, a brew pub specializing in handcrafted beers that just opened on Cooke Street. To enter, just snap a cool shot of Honolulu Night Market’s new digs and include the #ourkakaako hashtag. (You must be 21 or over to be eligible for the prize.) The contest ends at the end of Saturday’s Night Market, and we’ll announce the winner on Sunday.
What: Honolulu Night + Market
When: Saturday, April 19 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: Cooke Street (between Auahi and Pohukaina streets)
Parking: On-site and street parking, including Eat the Street lot at 555 South St.
Connect: #ourkakaako #hnlnightmarket @ourkakaako (Instagram)
Here’s a rundown of the food, retail and entertainment.
This month’s show features Issa de’ mar’s swimwear collection, Escape, for spring/summer 2014, styled by Jade Rabut. The new line is inspired by travel, with each suit being named after one of the designers’ favorite travel destinations or one that is still on their “to do” list. The designers began hand-sewing their own swimwear and testing it in the local surf lineup to make sure it withstands the elements; it’s now an international line with a broad following.
• SMOKE and Main Bar in alley
• Street performers, including Rock Star Drumline
• Artists include Lauren Roth of Yellow Bird Bohemia; Carlos Mozo; Jonovan Crail; Rachel Ritchie; Nicole Nonles; Stephanie Boiney; The Artery; The Art Truck + live painting by Roger Kelly
Pinch of Salt shopping:
Like the rest of Night Market, the Pinch of Salt warehouse has moved to a new space. But what remains is great shopping fro a variety of local designers, boutiques and vendors. Here’s the list of what to look for:
Basique Threads (women’s fashion and accessories)
BYCHARI (handmade jewelry)
Chance Em North Shore (hats, shirts, stickers)
Firn Collective (organic tees and other clothes)
Florencia Arias (contemporary women’s clothes)
Global Village (men’s, women’s & children’s clothes, gifts)
Guava Shop (women’s fashion and beachwear)
Ho’okani Music Company (handmade musical instruments)
Issa ‘de mar (swimwear, coverups)
Jana Lam (handmade, colorful bags, clutches)
Londyn Empire Fashions (leggings, maxi & cocktail dresses)
Melinda-Y-Butler (handmade jewelry)
Nicole Kay Designs (handmade gemstone jewelry)
OmBottoms (yoga attire)
Puffer HI (t-shirts)
Roam Hawaii x Escape Pop-Up Shop (women’s fashion)
Roseri (handmade bow ties and other items)
Sea Salts of Hawaii (gourmet salts)
Woolley Brothers (t-shirts, caps)
Blue Truck Teppanyaki: Steak & shrimp or chicken shrimp, yakisoba, rack of lamb, dynamite oysters, ribeye steak
Life Is Sweet: Hawaiian-style Italian sodas and ginger soda floats
Oko Guys: TBA
Soul Patrol: Chicken and waffles, feta mac ‘n cheese, soul food
Pig and the Lady: TBA