Truth from Dare: Halloween hangover

Nov. 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

It’s already near the end of the week and I’m still experiencing a Halloween hangover. I was feeling under the weather late last week but luckily was able to rally. With Halloween falling on a Saturday I didn’t want to miss the myriad of events going on over the weekend.

KELLI BULLOCK / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERAfter partying at the Hawaii State Art Museum earlier in the night, many people spent Halloween in Chinatown at Club Hallowbaloo.


After partying at the Hawaii State Art Museum earlier in the night, many people spent Halloween in Chinatown at Club Hallowbaloo.

On Friday I headed to ARTafterDARK’s “Obake” party at the Honolulu Museum of Arts. I always enjoy this soiree, but this month’s incarnation was on another level because it’s an art crowd the costumes are always intricate and over the top.

A second reason for the energy of the evening is that the museum opts not to do ARTafterDARK for the last two months of the year due to the holidays. Because of this fact, regular partygoers make it a point to attend the Halloween edition and eagerly await the event’s return in January.

On the 31st I started the night off early at Hallowbaloo. This year’s event moved a few blocks over to the Hawaii State Art Museum area on Richards Street. I enjoyed the new location as the museum and lawn created a comfortable backdrop to the live entertainment and people-watching. The only thing uncomfortable was the humidity. When you’re in costume and tradewinds are lacking, an evening among thousands can be brutal.

After the party we followed suit with most of those there and bar-hopped around Chinatown. It was a fun-filled weekend and the one on deck is shaping up to be more of the same.

If you work or live (or both as I do) in the downtown area, happy hours are a tradition. Luckily there are two new spots to add to the many haunts pau hana regulars have come to frequent. The Tiki at Scarlet is a 1970s Hawaii-themed lounge, complete with tropical touristy drinks, bamboo couches and artwork from a previous era. It’s a great place to kick back after work and grab a mini-vacation and feel like the office is worlds away.

Situated on busy King Street near Bethel, the Dumb Coq is another addition to the downtown area. The restaurant/bar reminds me of trendy neighborhood pubs that offer food like Pint + Jigger or Square Barrels. I haven’t tried the eats as yet but the creative drink offerings are refreshing and fairly priced. The location is great for walkers but even if you commute parking usually isn’t a huge issue after 5 p.m.

For those who like to feel healthy about your happy hour there’s been a number of yoga classes popping up at spaces known for cocktails. On Wednesday, The Republik will host Peaceful Warrior Yoga featuring well-known instructor Jesa Simpkins and music by Pulse blogger and DJ Christa “SuperCW” Wittmier. The event is a fundraiser for SuperCW’s fight with cancer. What better way to get your yoga on than for a good cause followed by a refreshing beverage?
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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