What’s happening: Cinco de Mayo 2016



Ready to get your Cinco de Drinko on? Here’s our lineup of Latin and Hispanic-themed celebrations around the island, plus a roundup of what Mexican restaurants are rolling out for the big holiday!

Cinco de Mayo Cantina Crawl in Chinatown

cantinaWhen: Thursday, May 5 from 6-11 p.m.
Where: Bar 35, Downbeat Lounge, NextDoor, Manifest, Square Barrels, J.J. Dolan’s, Smith & King’s, Scarlet Honolulu, Proof Public House, The Dumb Coq, Ferguson’s Irish Pub

From the presenters of the ever-popular Zombie Crawl comes this Cinco de Mayo event celebrating all things Hispanic and Latin. Highlights this year include live music and DJs, a hot chili pepper eating contest at Ferguson’s at 8 p.m., loteria bar-hopping bingo at 11 p.m. and a costume contest at Bar 35 at 11:30 p.m.

Begin the Cantina Crawl by picking up your FREE Loteria Card, sombrero, mustache and poncho at Manifest, NextDoor, Downbeat, Bar 35, J.J. Dolan’s or Scarlet, and then head out for some FUN!

More info: www.cantinacrawlhawaii.com


Cinco de Mayo Latin Dance Party & Hispanic Block Party at Hawaii Events Center

cinco events ctrWhen: Thursday, May 5 from 8 p.m.-4 a.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 5 p.m.-4 a.m.
Where: Hawaii Events Center, 985 Dillingham Blvd.

Get out your salsa shoes for a sexy Latin dance party on Thursday with Eddie Ortiz & the Son Caribe Band & Agua Dulce Salsa Band and DJ Da Lion of Judah.

Then, on Saturday, OOSpot, in association with Alma Latina Productions, hosts the Hispanic Heritage Celebration “Block Party” Festival for the whole family, with live entertainment, DJs, Mexican dancers, low-rider cars, bull riding, food vendors and a keiki corner. The block party is free, the after-party from 11 p.m.-4 a.m. is a $10 cover, $5 w/Festival wrist band. 18+.

More info: cincodemayohawaii.com

The Big Buho

buhoWhen: Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m.-close
Where: Buho Cocina y Cantina, 2250 Kalakaua Ave., Rooftop

Waikiki’s classy rooftop cantina celebrates with live Latin music all day and all night, free fiesta sombreros, a taco eating contest, hot chili pepper eating contest, and more fine tequila than you can shake a maraca at. $5 cover after 4 p.m., $10 after 10 p.m.

More info: buhocantina.com

Cinco de Mayo @ Hula’s

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

Hula’s gets it on with live music by Jason Laeha from 6-9 p.m., and food and drink specials all day, with happy hour running from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. All day, get specials like $4 Corona and $5 Margaritas, Jose Cuervo and 1800 tequila shots.

More info: hulas.com


Eat the Street presents Cinco de Mayo-a-go-go

13133297_1155033401216273_6182569543716871203_nWhen: Thursday, May 5 4-9 p.m.
Where: Makers & Tasters Kewalo, 1011 Ala Moana Blvd.

This weekly event differs from the monthly Eat The Street with a smaller, rotating vendor count. It’s perfect for families or for those that don’t like dealing with the huge crowds and long lines at the end of the month. For Cinco de Mayo, expect tamales gisu from Chamorro Grindz, agua frescas from Waimanalo Lemonade, taco pizza from The Garden Oven and more!

More info: Eat the Street’s Facebook Event


Other food and drink especials


12th Ave Grill

12th Ave Grill ChurrosWhen: Thursday, May 5 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Kaimuki, 1120 12th Ave

On special: Smoked Maple Leaf Farms duck tamales with chimichurri rice, and charred tomatillo and corn salsa and Big Island cinnamon dusted apple churros with sea salt cajeta and a special tequila cocktail


Avenues Bar & Eatery

Avenues Bar & Eatery BeerWhen: Thursday, May 5 5:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: Kaimuki, 3605 Waialae Ave

On special: Spicy Korean pork and grilled fish tacos ($3.50 each) and $3 Tecate, $4 Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, $6 margaritas and $5 tequila shots


Mexico Cantina

Mexico Cantina Cinco De MayoWhen: Thursday, May 5 during regular business hours
Where: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 320 Ward Centre, 3rd floor

On special: Food specials and $4 Corona, Corona Light, Modelo Draft and Pacifico beer
Entertainment: Live Mariachi Band 3-5 p.m. and Late Night DJ 8 p.m.-close.


Mexico Lindo

Mexico LindoWhen: Thursday, May 5 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Kailua, 600 Kailua Rd.

On special: Happy Hour all day, $6 Patron shots, $3 off margaritas, $3 Dos Equis


Oahu Mexican Grill

OMGCincodeMayoWhen: Thursday, May 5 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Where: University, 2633 S King St.

On special: Beer, wine & margaritas 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., full menu until 10 p.m., late night quesadillas 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.


Surf N Salsa

SurfnSalsaWhen: Thursday, May 5 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Haleiwa, 66521 Kamehameha Hwy.

On special: Mole, tamales, chile rellenos & street-style elotes (corn)


Taco Del Mar

Taco del MarWhen: Thursday, May 5 during normal business hours
Where: Various participating locations

On special: 5-pound burrito challenge, catering and food specials vary by location



WahoosWhen: Thursday, May 5 during normal business hours
Where: Ward Village, 940 Auahi Street

On special: All-day $3 Mexican draft beers, $5 margaritas & $6 Corona-ritas; $3 tacos
Entertainment: Eric Ho Duo from 6-8 p.m., Simple Souls from 8 p.m.-close