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by Desiree Ramirez, Women’s Life editor

Participants in the event primarily include art galleries, shops, and restaurants that are located in the area between Beretania and North King Street. The range of art and artists is diverse, and exhibitions include contemporary, multi-ethnic, Hawaiian, children’s and much more.

One of the pioneers of First Friday is The ARTS at Marks Garage. Located on the corner of Nu‘uanu and Pauahi streets, this gallery is usually packed with people who have come to enjoy an opening reception, demonstration or lecture. Often the artists are present at the different art galleries to meet the public and discuss their work.

Participants provide complimentary beverages and food, and several galleries and cafés offer live music ranging from jazz to contemporary.

First Friday was launched in May 2003 and has continued to grow in popularity bringing new patrons and larger audiences in every month. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening in downtown Honolulu and meet new people, and the best part about it is, it’s free!

Tom Wallace of Hawai‘i Kai studies a painting at the Art Board gallery.

Vince Dodge makes poi to attract people to the Art Board gallery.

HPU students Kimo Bode and Jasmine Wong check out art at the Bethel Street Gallery.

Kim Kinard says her baby, Lily Dawrs gets exited to see shiny art.


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