Chinatown's gallery scene is where it's at

Derek Paiva,  – March 7, 2006

After a few false starts, downtown Honolulu’s Chinatown galleryscene is now a don’t-miss. The main reason? First Friday Honoluluevening gallery walks, which give locals and visitors a compellingreason to wander the streets in search of art, entertainment, andtop-notch dining.

On the first Friday of each month thousands converge on theonce-notorious red-light district for the collaborative open house.The event’s surprise success has made it a catalyst for changingthe fortunes of not just the gallery scene but the downtown scenein general.

The Pegge Hopper Gallery
Hopper is known worldwide for her paintings depicting thepoetic grace of Island women. Closed Sun-Mon. 1164 Nu’uanu Ave.; 808/524-1160.

The Arts at Marks Garage
The group here spearheaded the creation of First FridayHonolulu. Closed Sun-Mon. 1159 Nu’uanu Ave.; 808/521-2903.

RRed Elephant Cafe
Local art, robust house Kona coffee, pastries, and artisangelato. Closed Sun. 1144 Bethel St.; 808/545-2468.

Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
An upscale fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines in a coollyromantic setting with huge scarlet lanterns. $$$$; Closed Sun-Mon. 1121 Nu’uanu Ave.; 808/521-2900.

Hanks Cafe Honolulu
A charming, tchotchke-filled bar showing the owner’sPolynesian-themed paintings. 1038 Nu’uanu Ave.; 808/526-1410.

By night, home to an eclectic lineup of art, live jazz, andlate-night turntablism. By day, a Wi-Fi cafe with lectures and artclasses. Closed Sun-Mon. 39 N. Hotel St.; 808/599-2552.

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