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Morning rush for Black Friday wraps up

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By Tannya Joaquin

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It went from Thanksgiving to getting in a hurry for Black Friday shoppers.

One of the shoppers getting an early start to get dibs on deals was Miles Knight, who says he's "going to be broke after tonight."

It's the first time Macy's Ala Moana Store has opened at midnight, and it paid off.

Macy's District VP Deena Nichols says, "I think it's a good sign of the holiday season. I think people have been wanting to get out and get shopping."

Over at the Pearlridge Toys 'R Us, 600 eager Black Friday shoppers camped out for as long as 14 hours.

The first shoppers got there at 3 p.m. Thursday and the line stretched around the block for the 9 p.m. opening.

Once inside, it was all business. Carts were stacked sky high with Christmas gifts.  One family of 20 filled six carts.

To keep crowd control, only 500 customers were allowed in at a time.

"I didn't realize how crazy it is" said Iesha Knight. "You have to definitely look on shelves to see if people have put the toys you wanted somewhere else."

At the Waikele Premium Outlets, there was a long line of cars waiting to find parking, then another to get into stores like Coach.

But for motivated bargain hunters like Briggett Hoapili, there was no such thing as "one stop shopping."

After going to town at Toys 'R Us, she was ready to regroup and reload.

"We were here about four hours. Not bad, but we are heading it to Macy's right now," Hoapili said.

Some shoppers didn't dare step foot into a shopping center .

They want to avoid the lines. They'll get their chance to score some deals online on Cyber Monday.

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