First Friday

First taste: Bethel Union

I first heard rumblings of a new JJ Dolan’s sister restaurant in the works at the former Brasserie du Vin spot back in November 2015. With JJ Dolan’s pedigree for delicious pizza and wings, I couldn’t wait for this new…

First Friday Art Walk August 2016

During August’s First Friday, we dropped in at Brue Bar on Merchant Street for John McCaskill’s “Suicide Prints” woodblock art show, the new Palate restaurant, formerly Soul de Cuba, Madre Chocolate for live music and chocolate samples, The Human Imagination…

Party pics: First Friday July 2016

While many galleries and stores were closed for the holiday weekend, those participating in the art walk hosted a lively scene. We hit some of the hot spots, including Roberta Oaks’ store on Pauahi Street, Madre Chocolate across the street,…

Party pics: First Friday June 2016

Chinatown was a flurry of activity during June’s First Friday, with the art walk and the restaurants and clubs bringing out lots of people to enjoy the night. We hit some of the happening spots, including art gallery Ten41 on…

Party pics: First Friday March 2016

We hit some of the happening spots during March’s First Friday, including Arts at Marks Garage for a “Strata” mosaic art showcase; the newly remodeled Chinatown Artists Lofts, where only a few artists were back in residence but busy in…

Something new: Hopika Bake Stop

Kimmy Harbin with one of her platters. It’s First Friday! You’re probably headed to Chinatown tonight for the big monthly street party, so here’s a civilized option for you as you weave through the crowds and art galleries looking for…

Party pics: First Friday Art Walk Feb 2016

February’s First Friday art walk went later than usual, with several locations switching it up and going til 10-11 p.m. with art receptions, trunk sales and more. We hit some of the most buzzed-about places, including the new Nuuanu ROC…

Party pics: First Friday December 2015

We hit the hot spots on the last First Friday of the year for art receptions and more. At Cake Envy, dessert-themed jewelry pieces were sold in conjuntion with nonprofit Project Hawaii to help homeless teenagers in Waianae. At ARTS…

Party pics: First Friday November 2015

For November’s First Friday, we hit the streets, shops, galleries and clubs of Chinatown, including ARTS at Marks Garage, where a crowd came out for the debut of a new exhibition, Makakolu, plus Abstract Magazine’s 9th issue launch party; Roberta…

Party pics: First Friday September 2015

September was the first First Friday after college started up again, so no surprise that it got packed later on in the night, with lines down the block at Bar 35 and Manifest. The earlier Art Walk was also a…

Party pics: First Friday June 2015

June’s First Friday saw the grand opening of the newest branch of dark alternative store Millennium Hawaii/Chaos Incorporated in Marin Tower on Smith Street. We stopped by, before hitting NextDoor, where live art, music and local craft vendors added to…

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…

Party pics: First Friday April 2015

April’s First Friday also saw a lot of firsts for the Art Walk, including the opening after renovations of the Chinatown Courtyard and the Chinatown Artists Lofts above it. We hit a photo exhibition by Kaveh Kardan, contemporary Hawaiian artist…

Party pics: First Friday March 2015

March’s First Friday was slow in the beginning, but picked up later in the evening. We hit the streets, shops and galleries of Chinatown to bring you the scene from places like Soul de Cuba, The ARTS at Marks Garage,…

Party pics: First Friday February 2015

A good crowd turned up for February’s First Friday Art Walk. We visited the new Proof Public House (formerly Mercury Bar) and saw an exhibit on display at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Black Cat Tattoo had a special Black Heart dance…

Party pics: First Friday December 2014

Chinatown was in full party mode for First Friday December 2014. We raged with the best of them at NextDoor, Downbeat Diner and Bar 35. We also took a look at the brand-new Bethel Street Tap Room, in the old…

Party pics: Mods Vs. Rockers First Friday

As a tribute to world-famous tattoo artist Sailor Jerry, Jet Setter Productions organized a special themed First Friday for November, with vintage scooters, motorcycles, beautiful vintage cars (even a Delorean!), rockabilly, pin-up and ’60s mod fashion, tattoo specials at Chinatown…

Party pics: First Friday October 2014

Colorful characters as part of First Friday flooded the streets of Chinatown last night, turning up the block party past midnight. Check out the scene from Nextdoor, Downbeat Diner and Lounge, Fresh Cafe Downtown, The Fix, Eleven44 and more. First…

Party pics: First Friday September 2014

We dropped in briefly on First Friday this month to capture scenes from some of the lively happenings around the Chinatown Arts District, including a Diamond Head-themed showcase of mixed media at The ARTS at Marks Garage, Red Lantern at…

Party pics: First Friday August 2014

August started out with a bang with First Friday, and we hit the happening spots: NextDoor, the Hawaii Institute for Hair Design for a creative Back to School fashion show, the beautiful new Barrio Vintage boutique location at 1161 Nuuanu…

Party pics: First Friday June 2014

First Friday in June got off to a slow start, but picked up later in the night with happening spots at The ARTS at Marks Garage, NextDoor, the Chinatown Courtyard, the Roberta Oaks boutique and the streets of Chinatown. See…