Organizers hope to revive Kaimuki’s Third Fridays

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Chinatown has its popular First Fridays.

Kaimuki also has a monthly event, but not too many people know about it.

The event is called Third Fridays.

Friday night was the tenth time they’ve held the event, but the crowd just wasn’t there, and organizers are hoping to change that.

It looked like a normal Friday night on Waialae Avenue, even though there was an event going on.

“I had no idea about Third Fridays,” Reno Hoerner of Kaimuki said.

There weren’t any signs, banners, tents, or anything advertising the event.

“If they had something out to show that something is happening,” Chloe Man of Kaimuki said.

“It’s really weird, there’s nobody around right now,” Hoerner said.

And the rain wasn’t helping much either.

Last September, Kaimuki started Third Fridays.

Jill Hatch, who owns the boutique Sugarcane in Kaimuki, is one of the organizers.

“And it started out great. Huge turnout, and through the holidays great. And then after the holidays, it trickled down to less and less,” Hatch said.

In fact, there were no customers at Jill’s store while we were there, and she’s even offering a special discount for Third Fridays.

Down the street, at Hi Tech Glass Designs, they were doing special demonstrations for Third Fridays, but they too weren’t exactly busy.

“We hope it’ll someday grow to be as big as First Fridays,” Shanon Skillman of Hi Tech Glass Designs said.

First Fridays in Chinatown draws crowds of people every first Friday night of the month.

Kaimuki is also loaded with shops and restaurants. But of all the businesses on Waialae Avenue from 8th to Koko Head, only 15-20 participated on Friday night by offering something special.

“Back when it first started there was double, triple that,” Hatch said.

“I came to Third Fridays once, a few months ago, and there wasn’t that many people there. I think people come and there’s nothing happening so they don’t come back,” Man said.

Jill says they’re hoping to revive Third Fridays, and they have some ideas in mind.

“We want to have music, get some live bands, local musicians, we’d like to do something with art, fashion shows, whatever,” Hatch said.

And they want to do it in a family friendly environment.

“We want to see families come out and have a night in Kaimuki,” Liz Schwartz of Coffee Talk said.

And organizers believe if more people come, then more businesses will also jump on board.

The next Third Fridays event is set for July 19, 2013.

You can find out more from their website at http://www.kaimukihawaii.com/d/c/third-fridays-kaimuki.html

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