Truth from Dare: Prelude to Halloween

Oct. 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Chinatown's Halloween festivites are second only to Waikiki in terms of costumed revelers and people watching. These ghouls haunted Hotel Street on Oct. 31, 2013. (PHOTO BY KAT WADE/Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Chinatown’s Halloween festivites are second only to Waikiki in terms of costumed revelers and people watching. These ghouls haunted Hotel Street on Oct. 31, 2013. (PHOTO BY KAT WADE/Special to the Star-Advertiser)

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

This year has been exceptionally bittersweet. There have been some definite high points but it seems the Negative Nancys have been working overtime this year. Not only has the bad news on the world’s stage been virtually nonstop, but the caliber of talent among the amazing souls who have departed this world has been epic.

So far this year we’ve bid adieu to great artists like Maya Angelou, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. And just this week we lost legendary Watergate editor Bill Bradlee and fashion great Oscar De La Renta. I’m usually not one who wants to fast-forward time but I for one won’t be sad to say farewell to 2014. At least a tad of comfort comes from knowing the most of this year’s famous dearly departed, save for Williams, lived full rich lives.

If you’re looking to make your life a little richer there’s some fantastic fun to be had this weekend. With Halloween almost up on us, costume parties are in full effect and none is more spectacular than the annual Gift Foundation party. This year’s theme is Wunderland and calls for animation-inspired costumes. The event is always a who’s who of the Honolulu business world mingling with the tastemakers of Hawaii nightlife. The best part of the night is that all the proceeds go to support charities selected by the foundation. This year the beneficiaries are KUPU Hawaii, which provides education and training to at-risk youth; Kids Hurt Too, which provides counseling and support for children who have lost one or both parents, and the Honolulu Zoological Society, which promotes biological and conservation studies at the Honolulu Zoo.

You don’t want to miss this party but don’t slack on your costume. The attendees are known for pulling out all the stops when it comes to getting duked up.

Costumed party goers at the 2012 Gift Foundation Halloween Fundraiser at The Modern Honolulu, PHOTO BY JOAH BULEY / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Costumed party goers at the 2012 Gift Foundation Halloween Fundraiser at The Modern Honolulu, PHOTO BY JOAH BULEY / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Saturday, Oct. 25, will see the return of Hallowbaloo, the Halloween party that takes over several blocks in Chinatown. Second only to Kalakaua Avenue on the 31st, this is the place to people watch and see some of the craziest costumes. And since it kicks off at 5:30 p.m., it’s a great event to take the family to if you want to get an eyefull of entertainment. There’ll be four stages with a total of over 30 artists, bands and performers, but the main draw is the 15,000 party-goers, most of whom are dressed up for the night.

Later Halloween evening, I’ll be heading to Hula’s Waikiki to catch Spanish transplant DJ Javier. The new Honolulu resident recently moved here from Spain where he was a hit mixer on some of the most popular radio stations. I’m always saying how tired I am of the same old DJs playing the gay circuit, so it’ll be nice to hear a change of pace.

That’s about all I’m getting into this weekend as I rest up for the big Halloween weekend. With the actual day being on Friday, the parties start as early as Wednesday, Oct. 29, when the legendary John Digweed plays eleven44. Talk about a way to kick off an amazing weekend.

Of course Friday will be the night of nights. I’m still on the fence about which of the many parties I’ll be hitting but rest assured it’ll be Negative Nancy-free.
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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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