First Saturday brings together art, music, shopping and food

First Saturday means many different things to different people.

But for those involved, it means long days keeping up with the scores of people who flock to the monthly event where vendors and artists fill the streets with their pieces.

With so much to see and do, who has time to eat?

“I did get a chance to go home for lunch,” said Jeni Kaoheualii of Work It Out active lifestyle shop where First Saturday coincided with the annual Veterans Day parade.

“I’ve been here all day, through the Veterans Day parade, and now, with First Saturday, this is a long day.”

Kaoheualii said she took advantage of the events to start promoting her holiday offerings, as did other vendors.

Just down the way, lilikoi bread sold out quickly at First Hawaiian Church.

“I was up from about 5 a.m.,” said Rynda Gorospe of Loke’s Bread. “Now, the sun’s gone down, and the lilikoi bread is all gone … I need toothpicks to keep my eyes open.”

First Saturday, coordinated by the Kapaa Business Association, is held on the first Saturday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring a variety of bands, foods, crafts and art. And visit and browse the people did.

Sandy DeFries of the big yellow lunch wagon parked adjacent to Larry’s Music did thriving business feeding the crowds, as customers were drawn into the lot by the aroma of grilling kabobs from the Masa’s Shave Ice wagon.

“It’s a long day,” DeFries said, “but people get hungry.”


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