In the Mix: Chang gets a bigger Wang

Aug. 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2012Customers at Wang Chung's Karaoke Bar will soon have much more space to sing, drink and be merry when the bar moves to the lobby of the Stay Hotel in Waikiki later this year.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2012

Customers at Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar will soon have much more space to sing, drink and be merry when the bar moves to the lobby of the Stay Hotel in Waikiki later this year.

BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Who wouldn’t want a bigger Wang? For Dan Chang, it’s been five long years of working hard and dreaming big to make his Wang grow.

Spend some time talking story with Chang, owner of Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar in Waikiki, and you’ll find yourself making up your own puns in no time. The giggles keep coming throughout a short YouTube video he created with his employees to announce a new Indiegogo fundraising campaign that accompanied the big announcement made Sunday.

Five years after opening what Chang calls “probably the smallest bar in Waikiki,” he’s found a new space in the lobby of the Stay Hotel — just steps away from the Wang Chung’s current location on Koa Avenue.

“It’s no longer a dream,” he says in the video. “We’re getting a bigger Wang!

“We’ll be able to feature karaoke, 12 draught beers on tap, an open kitchen and just a lot more of the Wang special sauce that you’ve come to know and love.

“Wang’s has organically grown to become this special place because of you. Your hugs. Your aloha. Your good energy. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support over these past five years. I can’t wait to show you our bigger Wang!”

(See? The Wang jokes don’t stop.)

While Chang has already secured the new space, he launched the Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 for remodeling and equipment costs. Those who donate by 9 p.m. Sept. 1 will be eligible to receive special perks depending on the amount they give — $10, for example, will score you a “shot and a Chinese Bear Hug from the Angry Asian Man, Dan,” while $40 will get you a Wang Chung’s tank top that ranges in size from “Extra Little Wang to Godzilla Wang” (i.e. XS-2XL).

Additional perks include VIP Bottle Service ($200), a Private Party @ Little Wang’s ($500) and a Wang Chung’s Personal Trading Card ($1,000).

No official announcement has been made as to the new location’s opening date. To donate funds, visit indiegogo.com.
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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.


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  • http://jlieu.com/ Jennifer Lieu

    WOOO HOO! I cannot wait to help contribute! Thanks Jason for sharing