Truth from Dare: Back to business

Apr. 9, 2015 | 2 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Well, that was a pretty long hiatus. The weeks just seemed to fly by with all that was going on, including a trip to Park City, UT for ski season. Anyone who doesn’t believe in global warming should look at pictures of the west coast’s ski resorts over the years. On my Instagram I posted a shot from when I was there in 2008 and one from this past trip. The place barely looks the same.

Another reason for my long break in blogging is my belief that if you don’t have anything interesting to talk about it’s perfectly okay to keep quiet. I’ve never been one to monopolize a medium just to hear the sound of my own voice. A less-is-more approach adds value to what one says, I think.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013MDA's annual Spring Soiree returns to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel this month.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013

MDA’s annual Spring Soiree returns to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel this month.

With the winter being so mild this year it’s hard to tell that spring is in full swing. Except for that cold spell we had in February (which I thoroughly enjoyed) the weather has been consistently warm and sunny. One indication that spring is upon us is the abundance of events that have popped up. The Honolulu social calendar is in full bloom if you haven’t noticed. March and April are notorious fundraiser months as the holiday madness has died down and it’s easier to get people to attend these functions before summer vacation and their subsequent travels commence.

One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Spring Soiree. This year the Soiree turns 16 and to celebrate the association promises its best event yet. Set in one of the grandest venues in Waikiki, the Monarch Room at the Royal Hawaiian Resort, the highlight of the celebration is the food stations, which include BLT Steak, Azure, Buho Cantina, Shokudo, and the soon-to-open Sky Waikiki.

There’ll also be cocktail samplings and entertainment, including music from the always lively Streetlight Cadence. There are a limited number of open seating tickets available. For more information visit www.mdasoiree.com. All the proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Hawaii so you can celebrate the season in style and help an amazing cause.

Also going down on Saturday jazz, funk phenomenon Trombone Shorty performs live at The Republik. If you’re a live music fan you don’t want to miss this show. Blending horns with a live band and raspy yet silky R&B vocals reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz, his first show in Honolulu should be all kinds of awesome.

On Sunday, The Republik welcomes bass legend Flux Pavilion to the stage. The English producer/DJ touches down in Honolulu as part of his tour and the Electric Palms Series, which has become legendary for bringing some of the hottest DJs to Honolulu.
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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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