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Eat the Street on Jun 16th

Three people talking and holding paper plates of burgers

That time that many in the Hawaii apartments have been waiting for fast approaches. We’re talking, of course, about the one and only Eat The Street food festival. It’s been a few years since they’ve graced the Kapilina Beach Homes (the last time was in 2016), but they’re back by popular demand and ready to bring the finest flavors back to the beach for everyone to enjoy.

Thinking of getting in on the action this time around? Curious, but unsure of what you might be getting into? Don’t worry, because we’re covering all the bases today, as we delve into what Eat The Street is, why you should be interested, and take a trip down memory lane to remind you how thrilling past events have been.

What Is Eat The Street?

Eat The Street is, at its core, a monthly food truck rally held on the last Friday of every month. Prominent vendors gather in a centralized location, and the crowds get to enjoy in a variety of sumptuous, culinary delights. The event is organized by Street Grindz, Hawaii’s “premier food & festivals event planners,” and has an interesting backstory, if you’re interested in learning it:

“The first Eat The Street was held in 2011 in a small parking lot on Kapiolani Blvd. With a turnout of over 1,500 people, many vendors sold out…sparking an idea that caught fire.”

After the smash success of their first event, Street Grindz partnered with Kamehameha Schools, moving the event to the 555 South Street lot in Kaka’ako. It served as their home base for years, until March of 2015. After that, they relocated the event to Kaka’ako Park, at 747 Ala Moana Boulevard.

Now, after eight years in existence, Eat The Street has grown to mammoth proportions. Each month, they assemble more than 40 food vendors for their event, and more than 7,000 people come out to sample the “best street food Hawaii has to offer.” You can see this success carefully documented on their social media channels, if you care to look:

Instagram: @eatthestreet
Twitter: @eatthestreethi

Now, you might have noticed that the main Eat The Street location puts it a bit out of the way from Kapilina. This is true, but the monthly main Eat The Street event isn’t the only such happening they orchestrate. They’ve been known to get mobile, and occasion, bring their magic to “Mililani, West Oahu and other areas around the island throughout the year.” Let’s take a look at their forays into Ewa Beach and Kapilina, shall we?

Eat The Street @ Kapilina

The last time Eat The Street came to Kapilina was over 2 years ago — July 23rd, 2016, to be precise. During the free, public event, they pulled out all the stops and brought a heavily stacked list of food vendors along with them:

All Kine Grindz
Aloha Pops
Bao Taon
Big Texan BBQ
Biscuit N Bacon
Biztro on Wheels
Bon Appetit
Chamorro Grindz
Crazy Country Corn
Da Bolalohan & BBQ Grill
D'Lish at the Beach
Roselani Ice Cream
Donnies BBQ
Fiestas Mexican Grill
Flavors Of The World
Flour and Scones
Hawaiian Twisted Tater
Hula Shrimp
Laroux Hawaii
Mahoes Hawaiian Delights
Mega Load Burgers
Olay Thai
Ono Pops
Paajers Polynesian Varieties
Paradise Crepes
Paul’s Poppers
Pop Pop Mini Donuts
Sea + Soul
Smokin' Wings & Things
Shaka Shrimp
Tea on Fleek
The Girls Who Bake Next Door
The Sugar Hut
Thirsty Coconut
Waimanalo Country Farms
Wild Candy Bacon
Wow Wow Lemonade

There was even live music (courtesy of Maunalua Paul Izak, Tavana and Ponchoman) and fun activities for the crowds, including a waterslide, balloon art, face painting, and canvas painting. Hundreds showed up to have a great time, and you can catch a glimpse of how amazing the atmosphere was by spying some of the photos taken by those in attendance.

Now, it’s been a good while since they’ve been back, but Eat The Street is excited to return. While they’ve yet to announce the food or retail vendors that will be coming this time, but there are a few details currently available that you’ll want to keep in mind.

First and foremost, the event will be taking place June 16th from 3:00PM to 8:00PM at the Kapilina Beach Homes. Like last time, it be free admission and the event will be kid-friendly, so you can bring the whole family out to have a great time. Be sure to keep an eye on their social media accounts as they’ll be releasing more information as the big day draws near.

What Else Is Upcoming? How Do I Stay in the Loop?

Perhaps the best way to stay up-to-date on what Eat The Street has planned is to eye their Facebook events page. As you can see, their jaunt to the Kapilina Beach Homes isn’t the only big thing that’s coming down the pipe, and you might be interested in heading out to enjoy some great food at other locations too.

On June 23rd, for instance, They’ll be heading to Pearl City High School for Eat The Street Pearl City (the event will be helping raise funds for Pearl City Complex Schools as well).

June 30th will be the Honolulu Night Market, where they gather at Ala Moana Boulevard for a night of “more vendors, more entertainment, more music, and more fun than ever before.”

What may be the feather on their proverbial cap this summer is the Mo’ili’ili Summer Fest, where they gather in one of Honolulu’s “oldest and most vivacious neighborhoods” and even celebrate with Honolulu’s larges Bon Dance.

Be sure to stay informed and show your support for these sure-to-be-fun events as they come.

It’ll Be the Perfect Recipe for Summer Fun at the Hawaii Apartments
Enjoying yourself at Eat The Street will be an excellent way to make the most of your free time come June. Of course, good times are had by all in Kapilina on account of the practically resort-like atmosphere. The crystal waters, beautiful beaches, top-tier amenities, and divine rentals are a sight to behold, a source of pride for the community, and your key to a better way of living. Take a look, and consider making a move to scenic Iroquios Point to start living your best life.