Truth from Dare: Hanging on through Halloween

Oct. 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Tonight is usually one of my favorite nights of the year. There’s something to be said for being in costume and going out a little out of character. I think personality is almost 50 percent of the costume. Anyone can throw on a wig and paint their face, but keeping in character is key.

As excited as I am for tonight, I feel like the myriad Halloween parties that have taken place since mid-October have taken their toll. I almost don’t even feel like going out.


I know I’ll suck it up, whip up a costume and head out. This year, my game plan involves a trek across Waikiki.

"Hulaween" at Hula's Bar & Lei Stand in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

“Hulaween” at Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

I’ll start off at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand for their annual “Hulaween” party. I don’t need to tell you that the gays go crazy for Halloween. Hula’s is one of the best places to see the most creative costumes, all lured out by their annual costume contest. One of the best things about Hula’s contest is they have a categories for men, women and groups. I think every party should do the same thing, since usually when there’s one prize the winner is some scantily clad go-go girl wannabe.

After I get my fill of the shenanigans there, I’ll brave the street crowds and make my way to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki for the return of “Halloween at the Hyatt” at the hotel’s third floor pool deck. I’m glad this party has resurfaced, as the location is unbeatable — being three floors up allows for a bird’s eye view of all the festivities on Kalakaua Ave.

I’ll close out the night at Addiction Nightclub, where promoters Flash Hansen and Blaise Sato will host “Modern Experience: Day of the Dead.” To be honest, however, I’m a little bummed that the Modern Honolulu isn’t throwing a much bigger party, as they have in years past.

Halloween party people in Waikiki in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

Halloween party people in Waikiki in 2012. (Star-Advertiser File)

With Halloween being on a Thursday, you know it’s going to be a big night. What’s surprising is there’s so much going on during the days that follow.

On Friday, Nov. 1, Russian DJ and producer Arty plays The Republik. Arty, who is signed to Above and Beyond’s label Anjunabeats, is a well known trance DJ who has collaborated with Paul Van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren. I’m hoping this show doesn’t get lost in the tailwind of Halloween because from all the tracks I’ve heard, this guy is amazing.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, I’ll be back at The Republik for one of the shows I’ve anticipated most this year. Australian band Empire of the Sun is finally bringing their groovy and eccentric vibe to Honolulu. The outrageous costumes should be worth the price of admission alone, but with hits like “Walking on a Dream” and “We are the People” it’s bound to be a good show. I’m just crossing my fingers that they’ll play “Alive” from their second album “Ice on the Dune”. It’s been on a constant repeat on all my Apple devices since I’ve heard it.

Empire of the Sun will be back at The Republik on Sunday, Nov. 3, as well; the shows are part of The Republik’s two-day celebration of the nightclub and music hall’s first anniversary.

As you can see, despite tonight to surely be one for the record books, there’s a lot to do over the weekend as well. I wouldn’t miss anything, because acts of this caliber don’t come around here often.
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.

  • cw

    YOU CAN DO IT !!!!