Scenes from my first First Friday and last First Friday in Honolulu
Every first friday of the month the artists of Oahu emerge from their studios, theatres and shops to contribute to, for me personally, one of the most important causes there is in a community,
Art To The People
There are gallery’s displaying photography, paintings, pottery, weavery, wickery, embroidery and installation art, while the streets are teeming with life, with loads of food and entertainment provided by local artists, known and unknown, creating an evening of impressions, all for free.
I started my evening by watching Kala’i, one of Honolulu Theatre’s actors perform at the Royal Hawaiian. The performance was free, and created a soulful and very Hawaiian vibe to the audience and the people having their coffees or doing their shopping.
Kala’i is an extremely talented musician and singer, and is currently working as the Musical Director for our upcoming play ‘May Day is Lei day’. He plays the ukulele among other instruments, and reaches incredible heights with his falsetto, and tickles your ears with selective operatic notes and deeper jazzier tones. Here with his band that constantly perform around the Hawaiian Isles,
Kala’i Stern and his Hawaiians.
Roaming the streets are all sorts of people, here for example, the Parrot man, with his colourful pet parrots
Hawaii Five-O are always around, watching out for trouble, but more than anything, having a bloody good time.
Musicians around every corner, marching bands, solo artists and bigger bands.
Some people dressing up, some for promoting events or studios, or just for plain fun.
Dancers, jugglers and magicians showing off their skills and baffling the onlookers, catching people’s attention for their 10min of fame before people move on to the next sight. Here’s a form of fight-dancing.
And then there are the people, art-lovers, artists, tourists and curious locals that roam the streets, looking, buying and eating. LIKE ME!
They have to close some of the streets to give room for the masses of peoples and the different stands.
There’s so much shopping going on, designer clothes being sold for cheap, vintage, thrift-stores and emerging designers, sadly I don’t have the money to shop til I drop, but I surely know how to browse! Though it kills me inside…
There are TOO many windows to look through, gallery’s to stroll through, weird event rooms to visit, bars to drink in and venues to venture in to.
What I really like is that the pieces aren’t pretentiously overpriced, some are expensive yes, but you can see why, the time spent making it and the material needed.
I’ve seen so many things I wanted to buy, and people can bring a wonderful piece of art home with them without being robbed.
Yet, the most beautiful things in the world are usually, to some, the gallery of Gods most glorious creations on earth, and to some, the beautiful wonder of the evolution and it’s intricate special designed artwork.
And eating is very necessary, my choice; SUSHI!
But like any night, it depends on the company, and if in good company, a first friday in downtown Honolulu guarantees,
Good times indeed.