Line forms overnight for Kaka’ako concert
BY AMY BUSEK / firstname.lastname@example.org
About 1,000 people — mostly young fans and their parents — waited outside the second floor entrance to Shirokiya on Wednesday night, hoping to score tickets to a free concert by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Neon Trees at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park later today.
Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, parents chattered excitedly while holding coolers, pillows and stuffed animals in anticipation of a long night waiting for the first Microsoft store in Hawaii to open its doors to the general public. At 10 p.m., Microsoft team members and security slowly corralled fans into a fenced-off area in a nearby parking lot.
The new Microsoft store opens today at 11:00 a.m., and the first 2,500 people in line will get free tickets to the concert. The first 200 people received wristbands for access to a meet-and-greet with Neon Trees.
Marc Samonte and Chaneal Rodriguez, both 19, were the first two people to receive wristbands, thanks to a tip from a Microsoft worker who liked Samonte’s colorful T-shirt.
“He was like ‘There’s a barricade here, and (the line) will be on the other side of the barricade.’ So we actually got our chairs and sat over there until the security guard kicked us out,” Samonte said.
The pair said they are “ecstatic” to meet Neon Trees tomorrow.
Those with wristbands will be routinely checked by mall attendants to ensure they do not leave the premises, according to crowd control worker Cecil Aparis.
Jenn Branstetter, a Microsoft social media team member, said Microsoft is also a huge selling point for the crowds.
“People are really excited about the new Microsoft store opening up here,” she said. “We were posting on Facebook, inviting people to a Facebook event (and) we posted on Twitter and word just spread.”