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Tips for Bruno Mars' weekend shows

HONOLULU (KHON2) - One Bruno Mars concert down, two more to go.

Those who went last night have been posting all over social media, and based on what happened with parking, traffic and security, what can fans expect this weekend? 

"Best concert ever, hands down," said Honolulu resident Jason Young, who went to the Bruno Mars concert Thursday night. 

About 36,000 Bruno Mars fans had the time of their life last night. Young had so much fun, he almost lost his voice. He was one of the few who walked to the stadium from a friends house nearby.

"Just to get in to the stadium, to get seated, I think took the longest, getting into the stadium," Young said. "But once you got in, it was fine."

Fans also waited in long lines at nearby restaurants trying to grab food before the show. KHON2 has been told most of the restaurants near the stadium are booked or not taking reservations this weekend. The restaurant rush was between 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday night.  

"It was cracking, it was really, really busy yesterday," said Restaurant 604 bartender Rob Jones. 

And with football tomorrow and Sunday, he expects it to be even busier. He suggests fans to come in early.

Restaurant 604 had a two hour wait on Thursday, and it will be first come, first serve this weekend. 

Fans at the show told us the concession and bathroom lines were long. 

"All of the businesses [at Stadium Marketplace] had lines, even Jack in the Box had a crazy line wrapped around it," said Kalani Viloria, who works at Stadium Camellia nearby.  "Foot traffic was crazy, car traffic wasn't too bad."

Concert-goers said there was a lot of parking available inside the stadium.  

"Most people did take a shuttle which was a good idea because it did help with the traffic," said Bryant Tolete, who also attended the Bruno Mars concert Thursday. "Really there wasn't that much traffic."

Thursday night concert-goers did say the shuttle lines were very long after the concert, as was the traffic. 

If you're running late, don't worry. KHON2 is told Mars didn't take the stage until 9:15 p.m. 

"Every song was good, it was worth it," said Young. "The people going this weekend, they're going to have a treat, they're going to love it."

Honolulu police tell us one arrest was made at Aloha Stadium Thursday night. 


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