Do It! Irie Love, Kings of Spade, ‘Vagina Monologues,’ more

Feb. 14, 2014 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition

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Irie Love. (Courtesy photo)


Irie Love brings her talents to the PCC for Valentine’s

Love will certainly be in the air on Friday at the Polynesian Cultural Center, with a Valentine’s Day dinner and concert — featuring singer-songwriter Irie Love, a Kailua musician who’ll serenade guests with her blend of R&B and reggae with a pop twist.

Love started her career as a backup singer to artists such as Pink, Dave Hollister and Chaka Khan before moving on to Jamaican reggae group Morgan Heritage and later a solo career.

The buffet dinner in the PCC’s Gateway Restaurant starts at 6 p.m., with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

» Where: Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie
» When: 6 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (concert) Friday
» Cost: $35
» Info:, (808) 293-3333

Kings of Spade celebrate new CD

“High energy.” “Foot stomping.” “Get you rocking.”

That’s how Kings of Spade lead singer Kasi Nunes, pictured, describes the Honolulu rock band’s second, self-titled album.

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“It’s dance-rock, sort of rooted in blues,” the mohawked singer said. “It’s our own little weird concoction. But it’s high-energy, and my goal was when you hear it, it gets your body moving.”

The band celebrates its CD release Friday at The Republik as part of “Motown Valentines III.”

The show also features the Bentos, Jookbox City and a tribute to Motown with more musicians.

The new album was created with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, which helped fund a good chunk of the $40,000 cost.

Two weeks into the four-week campaign, the Kings had surpassed their goal and eventually raised more than $16,000.

“We did it and everybody just came through,” Nunes said. “I launched it, and even before I told a single person, the next morning there was money in there.

“We met our goal, and then we went over our goal. … So we got to do a little extra on this upcoming tour, a few bells and whistles.”

As has been their yearly tradition since “getting serious” five years ago, Kings of Spade will embark on a mainland tour next month, with 17 shows from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. That’s where the band will play at the Red Gorilla Music Festival, which is held during the same time and at many of the same venues as the prestigious South by Southwest Music Festival, aka SXSW.

Kings of Spade’s range is on full display on its new album. There’s the modern sound of “Way She Goes,” a party rock track in “Bottoms Up” and slightly reggae vibe in “Sweet.”

“But there’s still a really slow, burning blues in there,” Nunes said. That’s apparent in “Mess of Me,” the album’s closing ballad, which sounds like a Janis Joplin hit straight out of the ’70s. Nunes’ soulful, bluesy voice is in full effect, while the accompanying guitar of Jesse Savio achingly screams of longing.

Nunes’ favorite tracks include “Strange Bird,” an anthem for those who are different, and “Ronda Rousey,” inspired by the groundbreaking UFC fighter who changed minds in the male-dominated world of mixed martial arts, and the act-tough attitude Nunes was all too familiar with growing up in Waianae.

“I grew up in a super rough-and-tumble neighborhood, and so having that really tough attitude, that’s what that song’s kind of about,” Nunes said. “So it’s a mixture of being inspired by someone like (Rousey) and having to posture real tough because of where you grew up.”

» Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
» When: 9 p.m. Friday
» Cost: $20
» Info:, (855) 235-2867


Annual ‘Vagina Monologues’ aids abuse awareness

As part of the international movement One Billion Rising, performances of “The Vagina Monologues in Hawaii” will be held Saturday through Monday at MA’O Farms and First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.

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Performing Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” originally produced in 1996, has become a tradition on Valentine’s Day as a way to raise awareness about violence against women and children. The original play was based on a series of interviews with women that cover a wide range of the female experience, including sex, love and rape.

Each year, Ensler changes up the stories that are performed worldwide, according to TVMH producer Catherine Graham. But each performance means to make audience members laugh, cry and be inspired.

The Hawaii cast includes 12 women ranging in age from 22 to 81, most appearing onstage for the first time. They hail from First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church, the Women’s Chorus of Honolulu and the local theater community.

The Saturday performance at MA’O Farms in Waianae is sponsored by the Women of Waianae, a group that provides scholarships for women in the community. The Sunday and Monday performances, both at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, will benefit the United Church of Christ Transition House, an organization serving survivors of domestic violence.

By Monday the Saturday and Sunday shows were sold out, but tickets for the Monday show were available and would be sold at the door starting at 6 p.m., Graham said.

» Where: MA’O Farms, 86-148 Puhawai Road, Waianae (Saturday); First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, 2500 Pail Highway (Sunday, Monday)
» When: 3 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday
» Cost: $15 (Saturday), $35 (Sunday), $20 (Monday)
» Info: (808) 258-8968 (Saturday), (808) 741-4317 (Sunday, Monday)


Bodyboard pros, prizes await at ‘Go Big!’ event

T&C Surf’s “Go Big!” event is an annual celebration before the International Bodyboard Association Pipe Challenge, the first contest of the IBA World Tour.

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“Go Big!” brings together more than two dozen top-ranked pros for a free event that includes autograph signing, live DJs, games and prize giveaways.

Pros scheduled to attend include former nine-time world champion Mike Stewart, originally from Hawaii island; six-time world champ Guilherme Tamega of Brazil; and three-time world champ Jeff Hubbard of Kauai.

Fans can also compete for prizes in a series of off-the-wall games, which have become a tradition at “Go Big!” One such game is Stack the Wax, where players are spun around and then must build a tower of wax discs using only one hand. In the speed game Towel Changing — a sport familiar to many who swim at Hawaii’s beaches — players hold a towel, remove their pants and then hold them up above their head.

» Where: Ala Moana Centerstage
» When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday
» Cost: Free
» Info:


Get your fill of David Lee Roth-era Van Halen hits with tribute band Hot for Teacher, Saturday at The Republik. 8 p.m. $20., 855-235-2867

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