Hallowbaloo Kick-Off Concert

Hallowbaloo Kick-Off Concert

Friday, October 30, 2015 7:30pm
Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel Street

While our main event happens Halloween night, Saturday, October 31st, Halloween and Hallowbaloo deserve celebration for at least an entire weekend. This year, we focus our pre-Halloween attention on TE VAKA brought to you by Hawaii Theatre Center. Hailed as “the heart and soul of the Pacific” and “the finest South Pacific roots band,” TE VAKA delivers high-energy, Polynesian-rock fusion rhythms sure to excite.

This concert is not Halloween themed, but worthy of Hallowbaloo kick-off status regardless. It’s not often Polynesian bands from distant seas grace our local stages. That alone is evidence of TE VAKA’s talent and power. Consider that TE VAKA has toured the world for over 15 years, and it’s time to sit up and take notice. Have a look and listen.

Making this show all the more compelling is its taking place at Hawaii Theatre Center - the “Pride of the Pacific” and crowning jewel of the Chinatown Arts District. This historic theatre, approaching its 100-year anniversary, combines regal splendor and stellar acoustics with great design as every one of its 1,400 seats makes you feel connected to the performance.

For those looking for an extra night of costuming, check out ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art between 6:00pm and 9:00pm. The Friday October 30th edition of this monthly will transform the beautiful museum grounds into a sea of zombies, superheroes and other-worldly creatures.

Hallowbaloo Street Festival(Main Event)

Hallowbaloo Street Festival

Saturday, October 31, 2015 5:30pm – 10:00pm

With a new location and lineup of national and local stars, the Hallowbaloo Street Festival is set to deliver the best Hallowbaloo experience to date. Our main stage is now on the front lawn of the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM - pictured here) with additional stages and vending on Richards Street (between Beretania St. and the YWCA building) and Hotel St. (between Alakea St. and Richards St.). Booker T. Jones and his band headline this year’s street festival with support from Taimane, Mike Love and over 20 additional artists.

The history, splendor and layout of HiSAM’s lawn and facade make it one of the best performance venues in all of Hawaii. The sense of place is palpable and the grounds perfect for showcasing the arts. With stately architecture, expansive tree canopies, open view planes and outright beauty, you’ll feel as though you’re entering a celebration fit for a king.*

The heartbeat of Hallowbaloo remains the same - thousands of Halloween revelers sporting creative, one-of-a-kind costumes; scintillating music and dance performances delivered straight from the heart; and an all-inclusive assemblage of Honolulu residents and visitors focused on sharing Aloha and celebrating All Hallow's Eve like no place else in the world.

Join us for an unforgettable night of Hallowbaloo Halloween cheer!**

* The regal energy is far from happenstance with HiSAM’s “No. 1 Capitol District” building located adjacent to Iolani Palace and being the site of the original Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The current structure was built by the YMCA in 1928 and featured 268 sleeping quarters when first opened.

**21 and older only unless accompanied by a parent. $5 admission fee or complimentary with a Club Hallowbaloo or HiSAM Hallowbaloo Ball wristband.

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HiSAM Hallowbaloo Ball(Main Event)

HiSAM Hallowbaloo Ball

Saturday, October 31, 2015 5:30pm – 10:00pm
HiSAM, 250 S. Hotel Street

Great Gatsby meets Hallowbaloo at the inaugural HiSAM Hallowbaloo Ball, a haute Hallow’s Eve celebration inside the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM). Step into the historic Hawaii State Art Museum during Hallowbaloo and enjoy balcony views of the main stage, premium elixirs, culinary creations by top Chinatown eateries and artistry by four delightful dance ensembles performing in the Sculpture Garden.

Ticket provides access to the ball (only ball attendees are permitted inside HiSAM), street festival and Club Hallowbaloo and includes complimentary food service and two complimentary drinks in the ball. Limited to 320 guests. Includes access to marble-floored, air-conditioned lavatories on the ground floor. Doors open at 5:30pm and food service begins at 6:15pm. 21 and older only.

Ghoulish gastronomy by Grondin French-Latin Kitchen, Lucky Belly, Livestock Tavern, J.J. Dolan's, Smith & King's and Wing Ice Cream Parlor. Complimentary with ball admission.

Euphoric elixirs hand-crafted by mixologist Kyle Reutner including specialty cocktails Hallowed Ground and The Gem.

Bombastic brews by Lanikai Brewing Company, Waikiki Brewing Company, Honolulu Beerworks and Sierra Nevada. Two complimentary cocktails or beers with ball admission.

Delightful dance in the Sculpture Garden by Kalalea, Sewa Fare', Spatial Sculptors and Pretty Peacock Productions presenting Dead Sexy Cabaret featuring Rhonda Corner, Lola Love & The Aphrodisiacs (Lark Moon, Lola Le Muse, Kokokitty and Chacha Bela)!

Join us for the most splendid Halloween treat of all, the HiSAM Hallowbaloo Ball!

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Club Hallowbaloo(Main Event)

Club Hallowbaloo

9:00pm – 2:00am
43 N. Hotel Street

8 Clubs, One Cover ‘til 2am

There’s something to suit every fancy at Club Hallowbaloo. Access to eight venues with the purchase of one Club Hallowbaloo wristband with each establishment serving up unique entertainment and energy (click “View On Schedule” below for full lineup). It’s the best night of the year to enjoy one of America’s best entertainment districts.

Compare Honolulu’s Chinatown Arts District to any entertainment neighborhood in America, from New Orleans to New York, Portland to Los Angeles, and our very own Chinatown will come out at or near the top of the list time and again. The diversity and passion are unbeatable - entertainment houses of every size, shape & color infused with the unique flair and taste of each owner. No corporate boxes here, instead you’ll find just the opposite - historic storefronts owned & managed by colorful individuals who invest their heart and souls into making each establishment special.

This year’s participating clubs are:

Bar 35, Nextdoor, Downbeat Lounge, Manifest, Fresh Cafe, The Arts at Marks Garage, Scarlet Honolulu and Square Barrels

Like past Hallowbaloo festivals, there will be a pedestrian mall on Hotel St. between Nuuanu Ave. and Smith St. This area has long served as the unofficial ‘town square’ of large Chinatown gatherings and will once again enable festivalgoers to assemble in the street, reconnect with friends and choose their next direction.

Each Club Hallowbaloo wristband provides access to the venues listed above as well as the Hallowbaloo Street Festival. 21 & older only.

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Hallowbaloo ‘Marathon’

Hallowbaloo ‘Marathon’

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Registration: 5:00pm; Race Start: 5:45pm
250 S. Hotel Steet and surrounding streets

Calling all fitness freaks, arts aficionados and creative costumers. The 2nd Annual Hallowbaloo 'Marathon' - A Fun 'Run' for the Arts is back (1.0 mile costume walk/parade/run). Now’s your chance to support local arts & culture nonprofits and have a blast doing so. Plenty of good cheer ahead!

This year, 'marathoners' have a chance to win one-of-a-kind prizes (many on offer) and support arts organizations that truly make a difference in our community. What sort of awards? For starters, you can win the ultimate selfie w/ Booker T. Jones (Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - photo of you and Booker T. on the Hallowbaloo main stage with thousands of costumed revelers cheering behind you), a private concert by Taimane, movie night at Hawaii Theatre Center for you and 50 friends and a roving Chinatown dinner for four.

Click the “Register” button below to see all the prizes and how you can support the arts in Honolulu now. Prizes are divided into two categories - i) awards distributed based on your fundraising prowess (you qualify even if you stumble on your way to the starting line and miss the ‘race’) and ii) awards given out to Hallowbaloo ‘Marathon’ FINISHERS (prize categories include most spirited runner, best group costume, etc.).

Last but not least, we’ve made the ‘marathon’ a Win - Win for all involved. When you register for the 'race', $15 of the $26 registration fee goes to the nonprofit of your choice. In addition, you receive a complimentary Club Hallowbaloo wristband providing access to the Hallowbaloo street festival and eight Club Hallowbaloo venues (21 & older only). Most importantly, when you register, you’ll receive your own fundraiser web page, and $0.97 of every dollar donated via your page will go to the nonprofit you select. This year’s nonprofit beneficiaries are: Hawaii Theatre Center, The ARTS at Marks Garage, Hawaii Public Radio, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Hawaii Pops, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking and Pretty Peacock Productions. Even if you can’t make the ‘race’, all money you raise will go to the nonprofit of your choice.

Special mahalo to for their tremendous support of the Hallowbaloo 'Marathon' and Hawaii arts and culture.

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Trolley Service

Trolley Service

8:00pm – 11:00pm
Trolley Stops:
1) Intersection of Hotel St. & Alakea St. and
2) Intersection of Hotel St. & Nuuanu Ave.

Between 8pm and 11pm, complimentary trolleys will shuttle festival goers from Alakea St. to Nuuanu Ave. and back so you never miss a beat!

The trolley service gives you many ways to enjoy all of Hallowbaloo: i) leave your car at home, and once onsite, use the free trolleys to enjoy both the Capitol District street festival and Chinatown clubs and eateries; ii) park downtown early in the evening and take a trolley into Chinatown for club hopping and/or a great meal after the Hallowbaloo street festival; or iii) park in Chinatown after 8pm and take a trolley downtown to catch the last portion of our street festival.

There will be two trolley stops - both on Hotel Street (click “View On Map” button below). Pick-ups and drop-offs will take place at each stop.

Trolley service is free to all during the hours specified above.

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Chinatown Eats

Chinatown Eats

Saturday, October 31, 2015 8:00pm – 11:00pm and later at select locations

Early & Late Dining: whether you’re fueling up for an all-nighter or winding down from the Hallowbaloo street festival, Chinatown has you covered with tasty treats from a smorgasbord of top Hawaii eateries.

It’s a perfect way to cap your night on the town whether it be family night or your biggest party of the year. Hop on one of our free trolleys into Chinatown (service between 8pm and 11pm), grab a comfy seat at a great restaurant and enjoy hand-made culinary creations while surrounded by other Hallowbaloo revelers.

Unless specifically noted, you can walk into any of the following restaurants prior to 11pm the night of Hallowbaloo and enjoy any item from their full menu! Several restaurants remain open even later as highlighted here:

  • Grondin French-Latin Kitchen full menu ‘til 10pm, pupus ‘til 2am
  • Duc’s Bistro full menu ‘til 9:30pm
  • Pho’Hana full menu ‘til 2am
  • Ethiopian Love full menu ‘til 10pm
  • HASR Bistro final seating 9:30pm
  • Downbeat Diner full menu ‘til 4am
  • Lucky Belly full menu ‘til 12am
  • Livestock Tavern full menu ‘til 10pm
  • Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop full menu ‘til 9pm
  • Kan Zaman full menu ‘til 10:30pm
  • Fresh Cafe full menu ‘til 2am
  • Restaurant Epic full menu ‘til 10pm
  • The Dumb Coq full menu ‘til 10pm
  • Cake Envy service ‘til 9pm
  • J.J. Dolan’s full menu ‘til 12am
  • Public Proof House full menu ‘til 2am
  • Bethel Street Tap Room
  • Little Village
  • Murphy’s Bar & Grill
  • The Pig and the Lady
Hallowbaloo Kanikapila

Hallowbaloo Kanikapila

Sunday, November 1, 2015 3:00pm – 6:00pm,
Grass lawn adjacent to Kapiolani Park Bandstand

Featuring Ron Artis II & Thunderstorm, The Infamous Bourbon Boys

Free and All Ages

This the third mostly annual Hallowbaloo Kanikapila is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon on Hallowbaloo weekend: surrounded by friends with hibachis and coolers at the ready and soulful acoustic music blowing across Kapiolani Park. The performances take place on the grass lawn adjacent to the Kapiolani Park bandstand literally sandwiched between Diamond Head crater and Waikiki’s famed shoreline. Lucky we live Hawaii!

Our past Kanikapilas have been dreamlike, and all the seeds are in place for this year’s gathering to blossom with equal goodness. Hallowbaloo receives no revenue from this event - not from sponsors nor any direct proceeds. This is our gift to the community for supporting our efforts and Hawaii artists and frankly, is also a gift to ourselves. It’s a great environment with special musicians. We hope you can join and add your own positive to the mix.

Past Kanikapila performers include Nahko & Medicine for the People, Mike Love, Guy Cruz and Paul Izak with Tubby Love & Sam Ites. This year, Ron Artis II and Thunderstorm kick off their shoes and take the helm of our grass stage along with The Infamous Bourbon Boys, ensuring the quality and spirit of the music stay en par with past Kanikapilas. And you never know who may turn up. In 2013, none other than Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Allen Toussaint, stepped up to the microphone and sang a duet alongside Hawaii’s own, John Cannizzaro.

Wind down the weekend sharing stories with friends old and new at the 2015 Hallowbaloo Kanikapila.