Night Market guide, part 1: Food & entertainment

An I <3 Kakaako block party? Oh hail yes. Now that Honolulu Night + Market has hit its stride, closing down a block and a half of Auahi Street on the third Saturday of every month for a celebration of all things street, the theme finally comes home.

What that means exactly, we have no idea, but we’re always game for block parties and especially for Kakaako. Saturday night you’ll find loads of street food and popup retail, of course, plus a fashion show, live music, street performers, open skateboard session, poetry and art battles, a 21-plus bar … all in five short hours.

So much, no? Too much to bring you here. Here’s Part 1 of your two-part Night Market preview guide, covering food and entertainment. Later this week, we’ll bring you Part 2: Fashion and retail.

What: Honolulu Night + Market
When: Saturday, May 18 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: Auahi St. between Keawe Street and Lana Lane
Admission: FREE
Parking: On-site and street parking, including Eat the Street lot one block away at 555 South St.


ALOHA POPS: Handmade pops in root beer float, key lime pie, strawberry creme, passion orange, guava, strawberry lemon drop and Green River flavors

BAJA STYLE: Nachos with pinto beans, salsa and homemade cheese sauce with corn truffles; tacos with melted cheese and roasted peppers; shrimp ceviche with salsa and guacamole

BEYOND BURGERS: Grass-fed burgers, all-beef bacon-wrapped hotdogs, fruit-infused lemonades & iced teas

CARVAL EXPRESS: Bacon-wrapped roast pork, jambalaya with grilled shrimp, slow-braised short rib loco moco with risotto and poached egg

ELENA’S HOME OF FINEST FILIPINO FOODS: Mini pork adobo fried rice omelet, pork adobo, chicken adobo, gisantes, lechon, pansit, Shanghai lumpia, apple banana with chocolate drizzle

KIAWE PIZZA: Kiawe-smoked bacon and mushroom pizza with olive oil; garlic; roasted portobello, Hamakua, white and shiitake mushrooms; provolone-cheddar-mozzarella mix; kiawe-smoked bacon

KOHNOTORI: Takoyaki, yakitori and rolled sushi including California rolls

LE CREPE CAFE: Caramelicious with apple bananas, walnuts, cinnamon and caramel; Parisian with melted butter, cane sugar, lemon juice; Popeye with mozzarella cheese, organic spinach, mushrooms, garlic

LOCAL STOP: Mini kalua pig nachos with mango pico de gallo; malasadas kebabs with Portuguese sausage, ribeye and fruit; mini pastele stew

NO KA OI COOKIES: Ice cream sandwiches on chocolate chip cookies; three-chocolate brownies; Reese’s chocolate peanut butter chips, all available a la mode; root beer float

OLAY THAI: Spring rolls, summer rolls, satay chicken, garlic pork sticks, papaya salad, stuffed chicken wings, pad thai, curries, lemongrass fried chicken

ONDA PASTA: Ragu ‘alla bolognese with Oahu grass-feed beef sauce; pesto with feta, cherry tomatoes, mac nuts, basil; Waimanalo mushroom garlic white wine sauce with cherry tomatoes

PAUL’S POPPERS: Bacon crab rangoon, bacon mac and cheese, bacon peanut butter Chocoruption, spinach-artichoke, turkey jalapeno cheddar cheese, pepperoni pizza poppers

POP POP DONUTS: Fresh-fried margarita glazed donuts with or without salt, Nutella glazed donuts, plus plain donuts and donuts with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or new espresso sugar

WOW WOW WAFFLES: Huli huli BBQ chicken and cheddar waffle; Belgian chocolate torpedo with strawberries; Tropical Treat with apple banana, real whip and mac nuts; street waffle with powdered sugar; lilikoi lemonade


Camile Velasco

Born in Manila, raised on Maui, discovered at IHOP: In 2003, Camile Velasco auditioned for American Idol and finished in the Top Ten out of 80,000 contestants, performing live for over 25 million viewers. She followed that by teaming up with fellow contestants for a sold-out national tour. Camile signed with Universal/Motown and has worked with Apl (Black Eyed Peas), Pras (Fugees) and Jeru the Damaja.

Her debut single is a rendition of the Bob Marley classic “Guava Jelly,” a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Stephen Marley, recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Bob Marley’s original home recording studio at 56 Hope Road. Watch and listen here.

Erin Smith of the Throwdowns

Erin Smith (vox) and the Throwdowns are Maui’s champions of pop rock, garnering rave reviews for their charismatic live show and engaging pop songs. They spent 2009 and 2010 sharing the stage with A-list bands like The Fray, Train, Panic at the Disco, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Steel Pulse and Matisyahu. They were nominated for two Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards and recorded their first full-length album, “Legs Of Our Own,” in 2011 and “Automatic” in 2012.

Super Groupers

Navid Najafi, Scott Ohtoro and Illis It are Super Groupers, a super powered hip hop collective from 1960 who time-travel to the present day in order to stop being so “ahead of their time.” Here’s their latest mix tape.

Coming later this week: Night Market, part 2: Fashion & retail