Truth from Dare: Turning the page

Jan. 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

First things first — Happy 2014! When a year is in its infancy, it’s traditional to look back and reflect. You probably can’t tell from this column, but 2013 wasn’t a particularly great year for me. A lot of fun occurred, but as 2013 ended a couple of downers surfaced, tarnishing what was a pretty eventful 12 months.

I did end the year on a high note though. New Year’s Eve was packed with things to do and I did most of them. I started off at the “Party of the Year” at Kakaako Waterfront Park. It was packed with people of all ages and walks of life; this was definitely the stop for families opting against house parties and potlucks.

From there I hopped a cab to the Moana Surfrider where “X-Men” director Bryan Singer hosted a party in the presidential suite. I knew the view was going to be incredible, so I made sure I’d be there at midnight for the amazing fireworks show.

The author with "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, left, and University of Hawaii Academy of Creative Media founder Chris Lee on New Year's Eve 2013 in Waikiki. (Courtesy Derin Derego)

The author with “X-Men” director Bryan Singer, left, and University of Hawaii Academy of Creative Media founder Chris Lee on New Year’s Eve 2013 in Waikiki. (Courtesy Derin Derego)

Next, I ventured a couple of doors down to RumFire Waikiki, which presented “Speakeasy 2014.” They went all out with dancers, decorations, DJs and even a spread upstairs in the former Hanohano Room at the Sheraton Waikiki.

After about an hour there, I headed to the Modern Honolulu for the “Great Modern Experience” with promoters Flash Hansen and Blaise Sato. The hotel’s ballroom was transformed into a scene from “The Great Gatsby” and the crowd got into it, with most opting to dress in theme.

Last, I popped into Kelly O’Neil’s to grab some friends. The place was packed, no doubt due to being one of the few bars open until four in the morning. I usually cling to the belief that no one my age should be out at that time of night, but this was New Year’s Eve.

As you can see, I ended 2013 with a bang. I decided early in the evening that, despite the rash of bad news I’d received lately, I was still going to have a blast.

I accomplished my mission.
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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 derinderego@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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