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Street performers have been part of Waikiki’s landscape for decades

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From left, Steve "Sunny Beethoben" Sunn, Ryan Foth and Francisco Montealegre perform on the sidewalk along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki in 2000. Sunn sued the city and won after being harassed by Honolulu police while playing in Waikiki when there were no laws against street performances.
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The Unique Style B-Boys performed along Kalakaua Avenue on a Friday night in 1999.
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An unidentified balloon artist works on the streets of Waikiki in 2001.
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T Tron, foreground, and CJ, also known as the Silvermen, performed on Kalakaua Avenue on a Friday night in 2001.
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Tori, a Waikiki street performer, played her guitar and sang with a group of friends in Kapiolani Park in 2007.
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Kirk Davis plays his congo drums in Waikiki in 2009.
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Musician and portrait artist Mark Taylor waited for a patron on the sidewalk in Waikiki in 2011. Taylor had been creating his artwork for 12 years there and was arrested three times for peddling his work. Taylor was fined $150 in 2011 for using the drum function on his keyboards while playing on the streets. According to Taylor at the time, the police officer said he was violating a code that bans using recorded music on electronic devices while performing.
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Dwain Williams twisted balloons into a Spiderman figure for Austin Polonsky, 4, on the sidewalk in Waikiki in 2011.
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The Block All Stars perform in front of the International Market Place in 2012.
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Joe "The Fiddler" Bourque plays music off Kuhio Avenue in 2013.
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A silver painted street performer donned a matching mask along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki in 2020.
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A street performer who calls himself “R1” rang a bell while playing his drums to the song “19” by Paul Hardcastle along Kuhio Avenue in 2020.
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Alejandro Garibay, left, Lennon Alabab and Kyle Goodness of the street performance group United Pros perform on Kalakaua Ave. on Nov. 18.
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Alejandro Garibay, left, and Lennon Alabab of the street performance group United Pros perform on Kalakaua Ave. on Nov. 18.
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Alejandro Garibay, left, of the street performance group United Pros has fun with participants as they perform on Kalakaua Ave.
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The Free Little Birds perform in Waikiki on Nov. 18.
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The Free Little Birds perform in Waikiki on Nov. 18.

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