Happy Aloha Friday! Today is the first day of August, and coincidentally, “First Friday” in Honolulu in the Downtown Chinatown area. During this free monthly event, from 5 – 9 p.m. doors to shops, art venues and galleries stay open late to celebrate local artists and art. The gallery walk map below will help guide your stroll.
Also this weekend – Jack Johnson is playing Waikiki Shell on Friday and Saturday night, and there’s a Pacific Ink & Art Expo happening at the Blaisdell. A Chinese Dragon Dance will kick things off for good luck and blessings. Expo-goers can see men and women suspended from flesh hooks in a human suspension show, ogle at Matt Gone, The Human Checkerboard, experience an epic skate ramp from Portable Half Pipes Hawaii and witness contests galore, including: a Hot Wings eating challenge by Dirty Lickins and sub eating contest by Aloha Subs; a Beard Battle 2014 for the best hairy face; tattoo contests including worst tattoo; and other talents including funiest person, hard body, best band, dance and more. The event also features live music by Irie Love, Go Jimmy Go! and Kapena!