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Truth from Dare: On Hawaiian time
BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
I’ll admit that I’m not the most punctual person around. I definitely take advantage of the time cushion referred to as “Hawaiian Time.” But there’s a big difference between being a little off schedule and being absurdly late.
Such was the case on Friday at a fashion show I attended. The invitation said it would start at 8 p.m. The first model didn’t walk down the runway until well after 10.
I’ll admit, these things rarely start on time and there’s a certain mystique to holding the audience in suspense. After two hours of waiting though, the audience at this particular event seemed disinterested and perturbed. A major drawback to starting ridiculously late at an event showcasing your work is that expectations grow with impatience. The longer you have to wait for something, the better you are hoping it is.
That being said, the show for me was just okay. Some of the pieces were creatively unique and others I felt I had seen before. I’m not usually such a tough critic, but I value my time heavily and am a little bitter I missed both the Chicago and Alabama Shakes concerts for this show. Had I known I had until 10 p.m. to arrive, I could have planned my evening accordingly.
As was the case last weekend, there are a ton of things going on this week. Tomorrow, Jan. 17, folk singer Mat Kearney plays The Republik. Kearney’s music is part pop, part soul, part folk and evokes a Ben Harper/John Mayer vibe. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18 brings the eagerly anticipated opening of the Sunset Room at Aloha Tower featuring amazing Seattle DJ Donald Glaude. Located in the former Big Island Steakhouse space, I took a peek into the venue a few weeks ago and it looks awesome. The sound system and lighting are among the best I’ve seen in Honolulu. Check back with the Pulse later this week for more details on this new nightspot.
Thankfully, the Sunset Room opening party is early so I can rush off to catch 12th Planet and Nadastrom. This awesome DJ card is part of the “Electric Palms Music Series” at The Republik.
If you don’t dance your face off on Friday, you might be game to hit up “Winter Wonderland” at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Saturday, Jan. 19. The quarterly festival features DJs Matt Zo and Modern Romance, so get your glowsticks and fur out, but be warned — this one will be swarming with kiddies.
With Monday the first major holiday of the year, there are a number of options for Sunday, Jan. 20. The event I’m looking forward to most is dubbed “The Greatest Dance Party In The World.”
Of course, it’s been named that by the fellas throwing the party, so take it with a grain of salt.
The culprits I’m referring to are none other than Flash Hansen and Matty Hazelgrove of the former “SKYLiNE” party at the Hanohano Room and “Glitter-N-Glamour” fame at the Wave Waikiki. The pair have gotten back together to throw an amazing event featuring Ravi Drums and Skam Artist DJ StoneRokk.
If you’ve never scene Ravi rip the percussions while a DJ bangs amazing beats, you’re in for a treat. Hopefully Flash and Matty will throw these parties on a semi-regular basis.
I’m sure after a weekend with so much going on, you’ll be spent. I know I will. I can’t believe there so many amazing options and it’s only January. Just make sure you’re not late or you might miss the best parts.
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 email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.