Honolulu’s First Fridays

By Andy Beth Miller


When Honolulu is mentioned, most people envision the standard Hawaiian imagery, such as swaying palm trees, sparkling sands and the eternal warmth of sunshine filled days, which is absolutely all true; yet what about those amazing Honolulu nights? Far from being a slouch when it comes to swinging good times after the sun sets, Honolulu — especially on the first Friday of every month — is filled with fun night times to be had!

Surfers, Hipsters and Artists

Tiki’s Bar & Grill, Oahu. Photo: Rob Bertholf.

Known as “First Fridays,” since the event is held once each month on the very first Friday, this monthly celebration sees downtown Honolulu and its adjacent Chinatown come alive in a display of community fun, creative art exhibits and exciting entertainment. An open invitation to come and join an eclectic mix of surfers, hipsters, artists, tourists and locals alike, First Fridays offers one and all a front row seat at a showcase of all that’s hip and happening in Honolulu.

Exhibits, Eats and Entertainment

Nuuanu, Oahu. Photo: Janine.


From 6-9 p.m., a smattering of unique art galleries, stylish boutiques, delicious cafes and restaurants fling wide their doors, featuring exciting art exhibits, ono eats and free entertainment. Whether its enjoying the savings, with pubs and restaurants presenting generous First Friday food and drink specials or listening to the tunes of the live musicians who dot the streets, each interaction at this monthly mingle-fest is sure to be festive and fun! Even the area art galleries and boutiques stay open late, many offering complimentary wine and pupus for attendees to devour while they shop around and browse the beautiful displays, designs and exhibits.

Dance and Drink the Night Away

Ana OBrien, Oahu. Photo: Johnny Silvercloud.


And even after enjoying all of these main events, there’s no rush to run off as the party is just beginning for Chinatown’s hottest bars and clubs! Dance (and drink) the night away and enjoy every second of the celebration, as it won’t be round again until next month! The event itself is absolutely free to walk and browse and mingle, and parking may be found in various lots within the area. There are even street and vendor maps offered to guests, so that you can make your way around to your favorite offerings at the event and not miss a thing! See you there!

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