Truth from Dare: New Year’s picks

Dec. 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone seems to be a bit nicer, there’s always something to do and Honolulu never looks as good as it does when drenched in Christmas lights and decorations.

Family is also a key ingredient to holiday cheer, so I hope all of you are enjoying the day with those who are special to you.

As much as I enjoy this festive season, my recent trip to Los Angeles left me craving more of the energy one only finds in big city. So as a present to myself I decided to spend Christmas in New York City. Luckily not a lot of others had the same idea, so I was able to find a last minute ticket for under $800.

Of course, this meant taking a red eye on Christmas Eve, but since my family is also out of town I didn’t really mind waking up on Christmas Day in a plane full of strangers.

I don’t usually leave town for the Holidays. As a matter of fact, when I lived on the mainland I made it a point to come home at some point during the season. But added to my families aforementioned absence is a myriad of things going on here for New Year’s Eve. I figured I could take a quick trip for Christmas and be back for the real festivities.

New Year’s Eve is probably the biggest party night in Honolulu. The only other night that even comes close is Halloween. This year, there seems to be even more events going on than usual with something for everyone no matter what you’re into.

If you’re all about upscale and toasting the evening with Honolulu’s fanciest, then I’d head to Reveal 2015 at Rum Fire in the Sheraton Waikiki. The tourist hot spot is taking over the hotel’s main pool deck and revealing a new bar and lounge area that’s been undergoing renovations for the past few months. They’re also bringing in Vegas DJs Tina T and Evil One, accompanied by recent Bacardi Iron DJ winner DJ Technique.

If you’re looking for a more family-friendly outing that night, the Party of the Year might be more for you. This outdoor festival drew over 8,000 people last year with carnival rides, a food truck fair and hourly fireworks displays. This year, the promoters have added reggae favorites Steel Pulse to the mix so I wouldn’t be surprised if attendance surpasses 10,000 people.

For the hip-hop heads, The Republik is throwing one of the few 18-and-over parties of the night with rapper SchoolBoy Q. This will be his first time performing in Honolulu; with his growing popularity thanks to hits like “Studio” and club remixes like “Hell of a Night” by DJ Vice, it should be a great way to ring in the new year.

For the LGBT crowd and their admirers, Hula’s Waikiki presents Crystal, featuring beats by DJ Javier from Madrid, Spain and resident DJ KSM. On a night where most parties have a cover of between $50 and $100, this is one of the most reasonable at just $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Expect this to be the gay go-to of the night.

As you can see, I wasn’t exaggerating about there being something for everyone one. Check out the Pulse for other events that didn’t make my list. Whatever you do, make sure to enjoy the night and party safely and responsibly. Kicking off 2015 in the slammer or worse yet, the morgue, is not a cute way to start a new year.
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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