|from the Blaisdell center website|
I looked it up online
Then my only issue was "what should I wear?"
First of all, when we got to the parking lot, I realized that we were more on the spectrum of 4 hardcore OTT dressed and everyone else in regular clothes. I went a little conservatively on the Jfashion side, what with the purse and the headband and the tulle - not to mention the buns and just the general color scheme, but definitely nothing like average street clothes here. I think I maybe saw 4 or 5 people in what I hesitantly call lolita, most with wigs, 1 haole girl in a kimono, 1 person in shironuri, and 1 person in a full rainbow rave outfit. There were a handful more people who were dressed slightly on the "wacky side" with accessories, but definitely not as much OTT as I would have anticipated. It literally seemed like 90% of people were in average street clothes (some were wearing what the average tourist would wear as street clothes but they were probably tourists so I think that still counts), 7% were in purposefully fashionable streetwear outfits, and 3% were OTT. I'm not really sure were I would place myself, but I definitely felt a little uncomfortable wearing something so pastel, so I'm glad I just decided to ditch the socks.
Okay and second of all, it was hot as balls. Even though the weather forecast still said rain, the skies were super clear, and it didn't seem like it was going to rain at all. I brought my umbrella out of the car anyway, but I definitely didn't need it. I'm really glad I decided to go with light colors (versus black) and forgo the socks. I can't even imagine what it would have been like if I decided to go with a darker color scheme or threw on something that needed a sweater. That being said, if I had just worn a tank and shorts with slippers, I probably would have been a lot happier lol.
Back to the parking lot, we had a hard time finding parking. We planned to get there around 3:50pm. They were supposed to start letting people in at 4:00pm, and we weren't in a rush to get super great seats or anything, so we weren't going to line up at the beginning of the day, but we figured that would be enough time. I think we anticipated the parking to be a lot easier than it was. Since the Ukulele Festival was happening right next door, many of the stall were taken by those participants and their families as well. We went around and around in the parking lot specifically for the Shell about 3 times and 2 or 3 people in front of us got parking, but we just gave up after that. We ended up parking in another location that's common for Kapiolani Park and not too bad of a walk. However, my bf's brother had the vouchers and he was still driving around looking for parking. He managed to drop off the vouchers with us, and we went to go exchange them.
Since we thought the show was supposed to start at 5:00pm, no time to wander around with all the event stuff, but most of the shirts were sold out anyway.
Our seats definitely weren't bad for free tickets! And if we really wanted to, we could probably have sat on the lawn in back of our section because there was still room there, but we decided to sit where we were because we were definitely closer.
The concert didn't end up starting until around 5:15pm, and it was still very very hot with the sun aimed straight at the lower half of the stage. Poor Kyary! Not only is it generally hot and humid, but the sun was directly on her and she had a lot of layers with her outfit, not to mention the singing and dancing.
Honolulu Pulse had a slightly different take (plus the advantage of being press and therefore allowed to take pictures and be up close).
She asked us to stand for the last two songs, and everyone did and that was when people started to actually seem into it for a bit (except for the people behind me who were very stoic and made me feel a little self-conscious lol). After she was done, she left the stage, and everyone continued standing and wanted an encore! Haha. I don't know if that's what you usually do at concerts (? I haven't been to one since I was like 10) but for what seemed to me like a lukewarm audience, they weren't ready for the concert to end! After a while (no doubt she needed a lot of time to rest and change), she came back out for two more songs. And then that was it!
Oh, and small mention for the restaurant we ate dinner at after - Menchanko-Tei!