Truth from Dare: Where is the love?

Jun. 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Showing love sometimes seems like a dying art form. In this age of entitlement it seems too often people forget the bigger picture and who put them on the map.

Restaurants think they’re the toast of the town, or nightclubs turn their nose up at regulars because some B-list celebrity is in the building. On the flip side, partygoers rant on social media if they don’t get in free to the hottest venue. Sometimes it seems people forget business relationships (whether you’re supplying or demanding) are ones of give and take.

Macklemore & Lewis perform "Thrift Shop" at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park on June 13. (Star-Advertiser File)

Macklemore & Lewis perform “Thrift Shop” at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park on June 13. (Star-Advertiser File)

One company that seems to have gotten the memo in a big way is Microsoft, as evidenced by their grand opening festivities last week. The software giant trumpeted the opening of their first Hawaii store in a huge way, not only throwing a gigantic party at their new store at Ala Moana Center (complete with hundreds of giveaways) but also footing the bill for a free concert for more than 2,000 lucky people at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park.

I know not everyone has Microsoft money, so I don’t expect a concert featuring top tier talent like Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis with Neon Trees at a local boutique’s grand opening anytime soon. Still, I was thoroughly impressed at the size and scope of the entire production.

DJ Devin Lucien, a regular visitor to Hawaii who also happens to be Microsoft’s official DJ, said this was by far the most over-the-top opening he’s seen. It’s nice to see a company like Microsoft catering to local fans and customers on such a large scale. We’ve got two extremely busy Apple stores and I have yet to see a customer appreciation event of any significance from their camp.

Speaking of showing love, Saturday, June 22, marks the second annual I Love Chinatown Festival and Juneteenth celebration. Nationally, Juneteenth is a coming together of people from different backgrounds, ages, and walks of life in an effort to foster tolerance and liberty for all with music as the common theme. The I Love Chinatown Festival is no different.

Saturday’s block party takes place along Nuuanu Ave. from 2 to 10 p.m. There’ll be a music and entertainment stage, food vendors, and even a keiki zone full of children’s activities. Following the block party there’ll be after parties at various night spots in Chinatown, with one wristband getting you access to all participating venues.

The author, third from left, and friends at last year's "Juneteenth" celebration. (Star-Advertiser File)

The author, third from left, and friends at last year’s “Juneteenth” celebration. (Star-Advertiser File)

And once the party is over, the group putting on the event will help clean up the neighborhood. I Love Chinatown LLC will host a neighborhood cleanup and adopt-a-block day. For more information, visit

If outdoor activities are more your style, show your love for water sports by participating in the “Full Moon Paddle” fundraiser going down Sunday, June 23, at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai. The sunset celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. and is a fundraiser for Fourth of July festivities produced by the Maunalua Communities Foundation.

Bring your own stand-up paddle board, kayak, or canoe and join in the moonlit fun; the foundation will also sell seats for guided tours via a double-hull canoe. More information can be found at

Those are just a few options for this weekend. Whatever you’re doing, make a point to be conscious of cyclical relationships that exist. In a place as relatively small as Hawaii, relationships make all the difference.

So whether you’re showing your love for Chinatown or the outdoors on the east side, keep in mind what people are doing for you and hopefully you’ll return the favor.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

  • Christa Wittmier

    well said dare! <3

  • Dayna Kalakau

    LOVELY! Heard the concert was a thumbs up :)