Truth from Dare: Say goodbye to summer

Aug. 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

As much as I’m an advocate for keeping abreast of current headlines, lately the practice has become quite depressing. Whether it’s one of the several wars going on, riots in St. Louis or a natural disaster, it seems like every time I tune into my favorite news anchor he’s brining me down. Even his cascading blue eyes, childish smile, and shimmering silver locks don’t soften the blow.

It might be time for a CNN cleanse.




Lucky for me, we’re en route to an extended weekend to brighten things up as the season of sun and fun is slowly being ripped away. As unfortunate as the end of summer is, Labor Day weekend is always full of awesome things to do. Yes, we live in Hawaii and there’s always sun, but the relaxed summer vibe and influx of tourists bring an added dimension to the social circuit that is noticeably gone once fall arrives.

On Thursday, head to the Manifest on Hotel Street to support local filmmaking at its finest. Chris Kahunahana will host a party to raise funds that will put the finishing touches on his upcoming film, “Lahaina Noon.” Visit for more info.

Friday brings the return of one of my favorite monthly parties, ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art. This month’s theme is Art Deco Hawaii — think Hawaiian renaissance and vintage aloha wear. There will be slack-key guitar, ukulele lessons, Tahitian dancers, and of course, Hawaii-themed art throughout the museum grounds.

For those looking for something a little more contemporary, there’ll be local DJs sprinkled around the event. Get to this one early as the party ends at 9 p.m. sharp and the entry line gets long by 6.

On Saturday, Los Angeles’ DJ BeeFowl plays Addiction Nightclub at the Modern Honolulu. Honestly, I don’t frequent this place as much as I used to. The club feels like its bursting at the seams due the crowds that frequent the space every weekend. That being said, no one turns up a party like BeeFowl, so this Saturday I’ll make an exception and do an early pop in.

 STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013 The Bacardi Pool Party returns to Waikiki on Monday.


The Bacardi Pool Party returns to Waikiki on Monday.

On Sunday, Ajunabeats artist Oliver Smith from London takes over Nextdoor in Chinatown as part of promoter Odin Works’ fifth anniversary. By Sunday I’ll be over the standard nightclub EDM rifts, so Oliver will provide a welcome break.

His music is trance without being overbearing, and if you’re a fan of lightshows this one will be amazing. Odin Works is known for lasers, but being that they’re celebrating five years in the game I’m sure Sunday will be over the top. Hear a snippet of Oliver Smith at

Monday will see the return of the Bacardi Pool Party. This annual Labor Day weekend tradition takes place at the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel.

If you haven’t been to a Bacardi Pool Party yet, brace yourself. The music is amazing and the drinks are plentiful — as is the amount of skin — all day long. Get there early as this party always reaches capacity.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do. And thank heaven for that as I’m in need of a distraction from the current state of the world.
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 or follow him on Twitter.

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