Truth from Dare: Don’t sweat it

Jul. 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

There are so many things that make living in Hawaii awesome. One thing I’m not a fan of though is how a lot of people here like to make mountains out of molehills. Granted, we’re a relatively small place in the big scheme of things, so ripples and reactions to even the smallest issues are sometimes magnified.

Christopher Deedy in court on Wednesday, July 10. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

Christopher Deedy in court on Wednesday, July 10. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

I get that a shooting happening here is a big deal, and I appreciate that we live in a place that isn’t immune to such things. But I’m so over how some people like to either blow things out of proportion, get involved in things they aren’t a part of, or try to equate things that happen in bigger cities to much relatively smaller events that occur here.

The impetus for my rant is the continued paralleling of the on-going Christopher Deedy trial to the Travon Martin trial. One local radio personality even proclaimed, “this is our Rodney King Trial” on his Facebook page.

Comparisons like that make my skin crawl. The Deedy case, in which a federal law officer shot a local male inside a McDonalds in Waikiki, is nothing like either of those incidents. I don’t think race is always an issue in altercations, and furthermore, Deedy is the minority here. Personally, I think it’s a tragic situation and mean no disrespect to the victim’s family, but let’s not try to make it into something it’s not and needlessly stir up emotions of the masses.

Instead of finding things to get worked up about, people who have extra time on their hands should look for a more creative outlet. There are a bunch of non-profit organizations that could use your help. Some of the ones I’m a fan of include Child & Family Service, After School All-Stars, The Life Foundation, MDA Hawaii, and of course, Aloha United Way.

Speaking of Aloha United Way, the organization is hosting a beer tasting fundraiser Thursday, July 11, at Café Julia. There’ll be a variety of beer from Aloha Beer Company, heavy appetizers, and live music. Tickets are only $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Café Julia is located inside the YWCA on Richards Street and its indoor/outdoor space provides the perfect backdrop for a festive summer evening. If you’re a fan of beer and want to keep your Thursday night mellow while benefiting a great cause, this might be your best bet.

Alt/Air. (Courtesy photo)

Alt/Air. (Courtesy photo)

I definitely plan on having a very relaxing weekend after the four day rage-fest that was my Fourth of July last week. On Friday, July 12, I plan to catch local downtempo indie-rock group Alt-Air at Ginza Nightclub. Lead singer Aly Ishikuni has the most melodic voice. Set to the bands eclectic beats, it’ll provide the perfect soundtrack for a chill night out.

I often get criticized for not giving the outer islands a nod once in a while, so here’s my attempt to break that trend. If you’re on Kauai this weekend, local promoter (and former SoHo Mixed Media Bar owner) Daniel Gray brings his expertise to his home island to present “Excess” at Café Portifino at Kalapaki Bay in Lihue. Expect DJ Big Mike to throw down some hip-hop anthems, radio-friendly club bangers, and of course, EDM.

Those are my picks for this weekend if you want to keep it mellow. Of course, there are always the regular spots if you want to get crazy. Whatever you do this weekend, just make sure it transcends the easy option of sweating the small stuff.
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.

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