We spent Halloween night at Eat The Street’s Día De Los Muertos party.
Eat The Street is Hawaii’s largest street food rally and they hold an event in Honolulu on the last Friday of every month with music, art, entertainment and a BUNCH of different food trucks (which are all amazing!). There’s BBQ, Yaya Thai, Mexican, Uncle’s North Shore Ice-Cream Sandwiches (which are INCREDIBLE), cupcakes, donuts, macaroons, crepes, the legendary Wow Wow Lemonade, a fully stocked bar area and there’s new stuff popping up every single time we go.
If you live in Hawaii, Eat The Street is a monthly necessity (in my opinion) – I feel a total sense emptiness if we miss a month. The best thing about it is entry is totally FREE and the food is very reasonably priced. There’s absolutely no commitment to buy – so you can just go and listen to the music or browse the art if the food doesn’t interest you – which is absurd, but the option is there.
For the month of November, Eat The Street is having a focus on bacon!!! – and there will be a competition for the best bacon dish as well as all the usual food trucks – I’M ALREADY EXCITED!!!
What? Eat The Street
Where? 555 South Street, Honolulu.
When? The last Friday of every month
How Much? Free as a bird!
Coming from Australia, Halloween meant/means absolutely nothing to me. My mum and dad would never have let me go to stranger’s houses and accept food from them, nor would they have let me roam the streets at night dressed in a costume (though photos from my clubbing days may reflect otherwise).
In America, Halloween is OFF. THE. CHAIN! It comes with the autumn season, which means cooler weather (ew!) Starbucks (EW!!!), the list goes on. Americans seem to love the ‘fall’ time and they LOVE Halloween. I’m seriously shocked at the way people in our neighbourhood have been decking out their homes since mid-SEPTEMBER! The money and the time they’re spending decorating is crazy (well to me it is). While Hawaii may be the 50th State, there is definitely no sign of autumn weather, but that has not stopped folks from getting in the Halloween spirit, and you know what? I’m not here to judge, so I’m gettin’ on board!
When I saw signs for a Halloween Pumpkin Patch Festival, I was skeptical, but upon hearing from my husband that there would be food-trucks there, I was OBVIOUSLY keen to go. Food could lead me anywhere… Even to a dusty field in Hawaii where pumpkins allegedly grow.
I have to say, my first Pumpkin Patch Festival was very nice. Americans definitely know what good food-trucks are all about; GREASE. BUTTER. SALT. DEEP FRYING! We didn’t buy a pumpkin, because the thought of putting a raw carved pumpkin on our front doorstep in minimum 30-degree heat and 90% humidity (day and night) and it slowly rotting just does not appeal to me – but the food did appeal to me, and it was great! The only downside, WAY too many kids… It probably had something to do with all the carnival rides, petting zoo, candy, ice-creams, and ponies.
If you live in Hawaii, go! Get the potato on a stick… Actually, get two!
What: Halloween Pumpkin Patch Festival
Where: Aloun Farms, Kapolei
When: Every Weekend in October
How Much? $3.00
The United States Navy does a lot of celebrating, but the biggest party of the year is the Birthday Ball which is celebrated in every Naval station around the world. This year, in Hawaii, despite Hurricane Ana tearing up the Islands (and my hair), the Navy’s 239th Birthday Ball was celebrated ocean-side in what is usually the beautiful Waikiki. We don’t always attend military functions, as my husband is somewhat averse to ‘working on weekends’, however, this year he decided (because I nagged) that we would clean ourselves up and party!
It’s always nice hearing the Navy Band play during the toasts and listening to guest speakers (this year was Army National Guard Veteran, Tulsi Gabbard), who was also the youngest legislator ever elected in the history of Hawaii and the youngest woman elected to state office in the nation (unfortunately, a Democrat – but still great!). It’s also SUCH a treat to see the service members dressed up, and always… interesting, to see what all the guests are wearing, too (Hey, I’m just saying!!! It’s a little shocking to see what some people consider, ‘ball attire’).
Events like this make you feel very proud to be even just a small part of the global force for good. I hope everyone in duty stations around the world enjoyed celebrating just as much as we did – Happy 239th Birthday to the world’s most elite Navy!
What: United States Navy 239th Birthday Ball, Hawaii.
When: Saturday, 18th October 2014
Where: The Sheraton Waikiki