In the Mix

Looking back at 2010

January 3rd, 2011

Local rapper Krystilez, second from left, performs with Creed Chameleon, left, K-Luv and Big Mox before mainland hip-hop artist Brother Ali at Pipeline Cafe last January.


One of life’s certainties is change — there are very few things that will stay exactly the same over an extended period of time.

The concept holds in Clubland, even though people who hardly ever go out will claim that nightlife in Honolulu is boring, bland, benign... blah, blah, blah. Not true. Plenty has happened in 2010, although you may have missed a lot if you hardly got out (or didn’t keep up with this column).

On a personal and professional level, a lot has happened to the way entertainment in general is being covered on Oahu. Not since I got into the newspaper game in 2000 has there been so much upheaval behind the scenes; the merger of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser was a game-changer, and in the process has really changed the way we cover the local scene.

I started the year writing this column in print and putting out HILife, the Star-Bulletin’s weekly entertainment section that competed with the Advertiser’s Great Index to Fun. These days, “In the Mix” is an online-only feature here on The Pulse, which evolved out of a site called TGIF Online that came into existence when the merger took place in June. I also work closely with Star-Advertiser web gurus Scott Morifuji and Brian Takemura to make sure this site is your best option for entertainment and food news in Hawaii, with a healthy serving of the freshest party pictures from our contributing photographers — the "boots on the ground" folks at the parties shooting each and every weekend (and most weekdays, too).

So, yeah. Things have changed. Sort of.

I still get to do some pretty cool stuff, including seeing some fantastic concerts and speaking with some really interesting people. I even got to break my share of news in the past year. Here are some of my favorite posts:

In the Mix:

» Bruno Mars shows star potential at LEVEL4

» Don the Beachcomber's Mai Tai Competition

» LEVEL4 Shuts Down

» Lotus Moves to Chinatown

» New EDITION vibe simply sophisticated

» Pipeline Cafe parties move due to sprinkler issue

Food and Drink:

» Former KTUH host now serves tacos by ‘Fistful’ (Zaratez Mexicatessen)

» Masaharu Morimoto arrives in Hawaii

» VIDEO: Side Street On Da Strip preview

» PICS: Alan Wong’s 'Cocktail Development'

» Melt enters food truck fray

» 'Food Truck Frenzy'

Flier Patrol:

Click the image above to see a gallery of my favorite party fliers from the past year.


» PICS: Brother Ali at Pipeline Cafe

» VIDEO: The Throwdowns - “Kihei Town”

» PICS/VIDEO: Bombay Cocktail Competition

» VIDEO: Five Minutes With… Grant Imahara

» VIDEO: Blizzard Beer System Installed at Duke’s

» VIDEO: Five Minutes With… jeffstaple

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