Truth from Dare: No slowing down in paradise

Sep. 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. There’s been so much going on lately I can barely keep up. Usually the social scene dies down a bit after Labor Day, but last weekend saw two events that were extremely major.

Sunday's “Bacardi Pool Party” featured a bikini fashion show by Kaimana Beachwear. (Star-Advertiser File)

Sunday’s “Bacardi Pool Party” featured a bikini fashion show by Kaimana Beachwear. (Star-Advertiser File)

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the shopping center formerly known as DFS Galleria Waikiki hosted an extravagant affair to usher in their new branding as T Galleria by DFS. The party, which featured circus performers, hula dancers and an extremely dramatic red carpet, was highlighted by a surprise performance by UK songstress Estelle. DFS pulled out all the stops to celebrate their new name, with free-flowing Moet Chandon champagne and an abundance of appetizers and premium giveaways.

Also going down last weekend was the return of the “Bacardi Pool Party” at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. Hundreds of partygoers packed the pool deck on Sunday, Sept. 8, with DJs Compose and Anit mixing and a fashion show by Kaimana Beachwear. The only questionable activity I saw was the behavior of some of the ladies — and I use that term loosely. Twerking in a skimpy bikini is not a good idea, especially with video so prevalent on social media these days.

Continuing with the pace of life on the go, this week has a couple of must-do events in store.

This evening, Sept. 12, the Slopes of Diamond Head Hui holds their quarterly pau hana get together, “Crazy, Sexy, M” at M Nightclub. Pupus are provided and there’s no cover for the party that’s more mixer than mayhem. Tonight also marks the start of ticket distribution for the local professional group’s annual Halloween fundraiser for Make-a-Wish Hawaii, “Crazy, Sexy, Ghoul.”

On Friday, Sept. 13, Addiction Nightclub will host a kick-off party for “Go Orange Cocktail Week,” a fundraiser for the Hawaii Foodbank. From Sept. 13 to 23, participating establishments will donate a portion of the proceeds from special “Go Orange” cocktails made with Dewar’s Highlander Honey. Orange is the official color of National Hunger Month, hence the theme, so be sure to go out and try one of these concoctions. For a list participating venues, click here.

Members of the Diamond Head Hui and friends during “Crazy, Sexy, M” at M Nightclub in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

Members of the Diamond Head Hui and friends during “Crazy, Sexy, M” at M Nightclub in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

On Saturday, Sept. 14, head to The Republik to catch Grammy Award-nominated 80’s superstar Adam Ant in what’s sure to be one of the most over-the-top live shows of the year.

“Fans can expect a massive, full-on musical attack that’s bigger and better than ever,” said the eclectic entertainer in a press release, which also promised fans could “expect all the hits” in addition to a few new songs from Ant’s latest album.

Looks like this week will be another busy one, and with October just around the corner it doesn’t look like things will slow down anytime soon. Oh well! As the saying goes, no rest for the wicked!
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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