Truth from Dare: Spring breaking it

Mar. 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

One of my pet peeves is when people constantly complain about how someone treats them. Whether it’s their significant other, a friend, or boss — I have no interest in hearing about it.

Sure, I’ll tolerate such dialog from friends for a little while. I’m not blatantly insensitive, but I am a huge subscriber to the belief that people can only treat you how you let them. I can’t tell you how many friends I’ve told this to. The way I see it, if your other half doesn’t treat you the way you want them to, you should address it. Then you have two choices if things don’t change: leave or put up with it and shut up.

Back in 2005, Park Restaurant in the Lotus Waikiki was known as Diamond Head Grill and was a popular weekend destination when it transformed into a nightclub. The parties return this weekend with Saturday's debut of Park Place. (Star-Advertiser File)

Back in 2005, Park Restaurant in the Lotus Waikiki was known as Diamond Head Grill and was a popular weekend destination when it transformed into a nightclub. The parties return this weekend with Saturday’s debut of Park Place. (Star-Advertiser File)

Same goes for that friend you think takes advantage of you or that boss you feel doesn’t appreciate you. It’s a little harsh, but it really is that simple. There are so many good people out there, it makes no sense to put up with anyone lackluster.

With spring break in full swing, there’s no reason to put up with lackluster parties, either. In addition to one-time bashes, all the regular weekly events seem to be bursting at the seams with coeds looking for a good time.

I’ve always wondered why spring break in Hawaii was never on the radar of the college masses on the mainland. My hypothesis is that families with younger kids head to the islands on vacation. Visiting Hawaii isn’t like driving to Las Vegas, Lake Havasu, or Daytona Beach. Part of me is happy the craziness those places are infamous for doesn’t happen in Waikiki, but it would be nice to see some unfamiliar faces once in a while.

The remainder of the week holds a lot in store. Tonight I’ll be at Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand in Waikiki for Spectrum, a fashion, drag and variety show all wrapped up in one. A bunch of the state’s most creative and talented designers and performers will come together to raise funds for Honolulu Community College’s Fashion Society. It’s also a birthday celebration for photographer Ana Medina, who recently moved to California but is back in Hawaii this weekend.

On Saturday, close out spring break with the opening of Park Place at Park Restaurant in the Lotus Waikiki. For those of you who remember the heyday of the W Hotel, this will bring back fond memories. If you’re too young to remember, you’ll be even more amazed. Park has been completely remodeled with a modern vibe and Tantriq Entertainment will throw this party every Saturday, providing weekend warriors with a regular upscale option. It’s about time!
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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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