The fast and the furious came out in full force Saturday for SpoCom 2015 at Blaisdell. The event showcased the island’s hottest import and domestic street racers. Featured alongside the cars were import models both local and from the mainland. Other entertainment included vendor booths and live music. SpoCom has been been held in Hawaii since 2010.
The biggest Eat the Street yet happened Friday in its new home at the old Fisherman’s Wharf site on Ala Moana Boulevard. In its new space, the event has doubled in size. Last night, about 70 food trucks and stalls served up dishes based on some of the most popular themes — bacon, spicy and garlic — and eaters leisurely ate at designated dining areas. There was also live music and spectacular views of the Friday night Waikiki fireworks.
Friday’s Eat the Street served as the official grand opening of Makers & Tasters Kewalo. StreetGrindz’s new waterfront food park is now open every day, with five food truck and stalls at a time serving up lunch and dinner. That number will soon triple to 15 at a time. On the last Friday of every month, Eat the Street takes over. And when it’s completed this fall, the food park will feature multiple seating areas, bathrooms, a bar deck, stage and parking for 80 cars.
Thunder, lightning and the threat of flash floods couldn’t stop me from checking out Honolulu’s newest up-and-coming public transportation. No, the rail didn’t open early. I had the pleasure of attending the Bikeshare Hawaii open house Wednesday evening at the Honolulu Design Center.
Bikeshare is a system of publicly accessible bikes that customers can use for short trips between a network of unattended docking stations. It’s already popular in big cities on the mainland, so I guess it’s about time it came to Hawaii. The open house invited people to help choose the bike for the new network. All the bikes are adjustable for very short people and very tall people, but the most intriguing part is they are designed for anyone, including people in dresses and heels.
Here’s how it works: You make a payment at a docking station via credit card or membership card. The bike gets released from the dock. You bicycle to your destination station, which is probably one to four miles away, within your alloted time, usually 30 minutes to an hour. Slowpokes who take longer than their planned time get extra charges on their card. All the bikes have an internal geo-tracking system, meaning that stealing is not an option.
Bikeshare plans to have about 2,000 bikes at 200 stations from Diamond Head to Chinatown. That’s a lot of stations. The stations will be 800 to 900 feet apart, meaning you can pretty much see the next one. They will be primarily makai of H-1, but including Makiki and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The tentative start date is sometime in 2016. So how do you sign up? Visit the Bikeshare Hawaii website.
Blood and ink continued to flow at the second day of the Pacific Ink and Art Expo at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, featuring tattoo artists from around the world. The Expo ends on Sunday, Aug. 9, noon-7 p.m.
It’s a small world after all. Well, a small island at least. Disney princesses and princes gathered at Kahua Cafe on Sunday for a family-friendly brunch that encouraged people to dress as their favorite Disney character. Cookies, scones and sandwiches were available for purchase. A different costumed theme event will be held every first Sunday of the month at Kahua Cafe, located in the rear of Native Books Na Mea Hawaii in Ward Warehouse.