Truth from Dare: Just laugh it off

Feb. 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

You often hear laughter is the best medicine. While I’ve always been one to enjoy a good laugh, my cynical side has always kept me wary of that belief.

Jo Koy returned to Hawaii for a number of sold-out performances last weekend. (Star-Advertiser File)

Jo Koy returned to Hawaii for a number of sold-out performances last weekend. (Star-Advertiser File)

Lately though, I’ve begun to find myself agreeing there’s something to it. Whether its reminiscing with old friends about shenanigans we got into when we were younger, or watching reruns of my favorite television shows, I always feel better after a smile crosses my face.

Last week there were multiple events that definitely provided ample amounts of laughter. On Feb. 6, Dave Chappelle performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Blaisdell Arena. It’s nice to see Chappelle hasn’t lost the humor and delivery that made him famous.

The only complaint I heard from the crowd was the show seemed fairly short. Despite its brevity, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and hope he makes it a point to come back.

Also going down last weekend were several performances by Honolulu regular Jo Koy. The comedian has visited annually the last few years, and what always amazes me is how he keeps his material fresh. To be honest, I actually debated skipping seeing him this time around but had friends who desperately wanted to go.

I’m glad I opted to attend, as Koy put on a hilarious show. Even more impressive, the show was chock full of new material, most notably commentary on the local scene. I always enjoy when comedians include things they observe in Hawaii in their sets as it illustrates an unrehearsed element and is usually something I can relate to.

THIS WEEK’S social options are beyond plentiful. With Valentine’s Day and President’s Day providing weekend bookends, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re not caught up in coupledom this weekend, catch some of POW! WOW! Hawaii. The annual art event can be seen all over Kakaako, with a big wrap-up celebration on Saturday as part of “Honolulu Night Market.”

POW! WOW! Hawaii is back in Kakaako, with artists like Roid and INSA, pictured, working on murals all over the neighborhood. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

POW! WOW! Hawaii is back in Kakaako, with artists like Roid and INSA, pictured, working on murals all over the neighborhood. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Along with fashion shows and food trucks, this month’s event will provide a great opportunity to stroll around the area at sunset and take in some of the amazing murals that have gone up during POW! WOW! Hawaii this year. Be sure to make it down to Lana Lane, where Lana Lane Studios will host a celebration for invited POW! WOW! Hawaii artists and event supporters.

On Sunday, I’ll be at The Republik for the latest edition of the “Electric Palms Concert Series” with Ajunubeats all-stars Super8 & Tab, part of the Above and Beyond collective. If you saw Above and Beyond last year at Kakaako Waterfront Park, you can imagine how amazing this show is going to be. It promises a great way to end another long weekend in Hawaii!
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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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