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Thousands 'Eat the Street' in Kakaako

An "Eat the Street" event in Kakaako An "Eat the Street" event in Kakaako
Poni Askew Poni Askew

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A four-acre parking lot on South Street in Kakaako became the perfect place for 17 food trucks and seven food vendors to show off their stuff at the first-ever "Eat The Street Kakaako."

Similar food truck rallies on the mainland have drawn huge crowds. And judging from the crowds Friday night, the trend is catching on here.

A similar, smaller event was held a month ago.

"Over on Kapiolani Boulevard, we had almost 12-hundred people show up, so we were hoping for a minimum of two thousand people to show up. But I think we'll exceed three thousand people," said organizer Poni Askew.

All those people were either standing in long lines to get something to eat, or were eating something. Or both.

This all sprang from the Web site www.StreetGrindz.com, which lists the various food trucks and street vendors around Honolulu.

"We started back in September or October," Askew said. "It just made sense to bring it to reality, bring all the trucks together that are listed on our Web site, and make a big party out of it and celebrate the entrepreneurs and all the hard work that they put in day to day, and let everybody know where they are and that they exist."

Askew said even before the Friday event, interest has been building.

"In the last week I've had tons of additional vendors ask if they can be part of the event, so there's so much more food trucks and street food vendors out there that want to be a part of it, and I just see it getting bigger and bigger," Askew said.

"Eat The Street Kakaako" was co-sponsored by Kamehameha Schools, which owns the parking lot, and Nonstop Honolulu. Organizers plan on holding the event on the last Friday of every month.

 

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