Truth from Dare: Playing tour guide

Aug. 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

The party scene in Honolulu is very much like the surf found here — when there’s action, there’s a ton of things to choose from. Then there are times it seems like nothing fun is on the horizon.

While hanging out with a friend of mine from Los Angeles this week, I was thrilled at how impressed he was with the night we had on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Based on past visits to Oahu years ago, he expected a mellow evening at a local beach bar. My friend was pleasantly surprised that wasn’t the case.

Some of the liquor available for sampling at the Hawaii Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 19. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jason Genegabus)

Some of the liquor available for sampling at the Hawaii Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 19. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jason Genegabus)

We started off by popping in at the Young’s Market Company of Hawaii holiday buyers show at the Hawaii Convention Center, where the local liquor distributor showcased all the products in their portfolio. There were lots of samples of new products and old favorites; wine vineyards, sake distillers and champagne producers also got in on the fun, providing a buffet of libations.

As you can probably imagine, my friend never knew these types of events exist, so he was quite surprised by the start of our evening. The night also entailed stopping by the launch of “Tres Tuesdays” at Grand Leyenda Cantina, formerly the Compadres space at Ward Centre.

The highlight of our evening was the semi-finals of the “Bacardi Oakheart Iron DJ Challenge” at The Republik. The six remaining DJs were narrowed down to three; DJ Packo and DJ Shift earned guaranteed spots in the finals, while DJs Jimmy Taco and Toma will vie for the public’s votes to secure the last spot. Check out The Republik’s Facebook page or Twitter profile for more details.

We capped the night at the new Tuesday night at Tsunami Hawaii on S. King St. called “Ha Chuesdays.” All my wingman kept saying as the night came to close was, “I can’t believe all this goes on in Hawaii on a Tuesday.”

Steve Byrne. (Courtesy photo)

This Friday, Aug. 23, will also feature a gaggle of things to do. I’ll start my night off at the eagerly anticipated opening of Bevy, the bar that’s replaced Scores on Auahi St. in Kakaako. The new bar is the brainchild of master mixologist Christian Self of thirtyninehotel and DJ/promoter Timo Lee. With Self’s reputation for being a cocktail perfectionist, expect his crafted cocktails to be nothing short of spectacular here.

The same night, the cast of TBS’s “Sullivan & Sons” will perform stand-up comedy at The Republik starting at 8 p.m. Actor/comedian Steve Byrne headlines the show, with additional performances by four of the series’ most popular cast members.

Also on Friday, hipster hangout Manifest celebrates its fourth anniversary. The watering hole in Chinatown recently took over the former Lotus Downtown space next door to allow for more room during bigger events. The anniversary party will definitely be one of those occasions.
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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