In 2009, a small group of businesses in Kapaa launched a monthly evening Art Walk aimed at drawing attention to the small east side town.
Stores stayed open after normal hours, inviting local artists and crafters to display and sell their wares outside their front doors.
Two years later, other businesses joined the fun, and the event fell under the auspices of the nonprofit, volunteer Kapaa Business Association, which supports the community through education, business networking and events and projects.
The gathering was set from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month and dubbed First Saturday in Old Kapaa Town.
Some 100 artisans line the streets, selling pottery, paintings, photography, woodcarvings, shell jewelry and more.
A wide variety of ono (delicious) food is available at booths, restaurants and food trucks; think squid luau, lamb burgers, fresh fish tacos and locally made chocolate bars.
Entertainment is also eclectic, from mariachi musicians to an electric violinist to a rock ’n’ roll band that gets people to jump up and dance in the streets.