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BAMP asks for kokua from fans

June 10th, 2011

The promoters behind this weekend's first annual Republik Music Festival are warning people heading to Kakaako Waterfront Park about an increased law enforcement presence at the venue.

"We want everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly … (so) please do not arrive intoxicated," wrote BAMP Project's Matty Hazelgrove yesterday via Facebook. "You will not be let in and there will not be refunds issued."

When reached by phone, Hazelgrove said BAMP was simply concerned about the increased attention Kakaako Waterfront Park is getting from the Honolulu Police Department and Honolulu Liquor Commission. While private security has been prevalent and proactive at recent shows, there have still been instances of underage drinking and marijuana use in the crowd — issues that some local concert veterans might say come with the territory, considering the history of similar shows over the years at venues like Blaisdell Arena, the Waikiki Shell, Kualoa Ranch and Sea Life Park.

Still, Hazelgrove said that "illicit drug use will not be tolerated" by BAMP or anyone affiliated with the Republik Music Festival, and that all bags will be checked at the gate for contraband.

"Please respect all … laws so we can all continue to enjoy this amazing new venue," he said.

Going to the show? Consider yourself warned.


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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