Truth from Dare: A weekend dilemma

Nov. 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

It’s commonly said that everyone knows everyone in Honolulu. While that isn’t literally true, it often times feels that way especially in the nightlife scene. That’s why the number of things going down this week baffles me.

Whether you get your invites from social media outlets or peruse the Pulse to see what’s cracking, you’re probably well aware of the myriad of things going on over the next few days. My question is, if everyone in the scene knows each other how come so many things happen to fall on the same week? And the week following Halloween, nonetheless.

COURTESY KASKADEKaskade will be at the Turtle Bay Resort on Saturday.


Kaskade will be at the Turtle Bay Resort on Saturday.

Instances like these create a dilemma for people who like to attend a lot of social functions. Case in point, this evening there’s a showing of the Red Bull Music Academy film, “What Difference Does it Make?” at Kakaako Agora. The flick highlights the challenges of life in the music industry from getting in to blowing up. Following the movie will be live performances Jah Luna and the Tigers from Niger. While this would normally be a no-brainer for me to attend, there’s an equally enticing option in a totally different realm.

The Honolulu International Film Festival is in full swing. The 34th edition of the festival includes nearly 200 films, shorts, and events. And as luck would have it, one of the films I’ve been eager to see, “Human Capital”, screens at 8 p.m. tonight.

While I’m still on the fence about what I’m doing this evening, the big debate in my head revolves around Saturday. The dance music lover in me has been set on going to see Kaskade since it was announced several months ago. The thought of seeing this legendary DJ with the North Shore of Oahu as his backdrop has filled me with more anticipation than a kid at Christmas. I’m certain this will be one of the best EDM shows of the year.

What could possibly compete with Kaskade you might ask? The annual EuroCinema Awards Gala also takes place Saturday. This swanky affair recognizes the films that made a mark in the EuroCinema Film Festival with a party at the regal Moana Surfrider Resort, a fitting venue since Hollywood A-listers and actual royalty attend this event every year.

Since these events are on opposite ends of the island — and social spectrum, in terms of attire and attendees — a decision has to be made.

I know it’s hard to feel sorry for someone torn about which party to attend. Choosing between amazing things to do on a given night hardly sounds problematic. I’m not complaining about the situation; rather, I’m making a suggestion to the powers-that-be that a little communication would stave off the hills and valleys of weeks when there’s nothing going on and weeks like this. Especially if everyone knows everyone in the industry.
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.

  • cw

    i’ll be djing the red carpet again at eurocimena before driving up to kaskade – offer still stands if u wanna zip up there w/me!!!

    ps: don’t forget the hawaii fashion month show before ech lol. 1p!!