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Pro Bowl parties lack headliners of years past

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January 25th, 2012



DJ Skribble will be the special guest DJ at the Pro Bowl Platinum Players Party on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Zanzabar Nightclub. (Courtesy photo)

DJ Skribble will be the special guest DJ at the Pro Bowl Platinum Players Party on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Zanzabar Nightclub. (Courtesy photo)

With less than a week to go until the NFL's annual all-star game, nightlife options in the days before the 2012 Pro Bowl are surprisingly limited.

From 1980 to 2009, the game was held annually at Aloha Stadium, bringing with it the families, friends and fans of the best players from the National Football League. The game moved to Florida in 2010, but returned to Hawaii last year.

In the past, all those visitors — and the spending money they brought with them — also attracted a variety of promoters. Honolulu-based party rockers had to compete with their counterparts from the mainland, who would fly in with a big name rapper and/or DJ, buy a bunch of radio advertising and hopefully watch tourists flock to their parties. The smarter ones would partner with a local promoter, who typically knew how to distribute flyers properly and could call upon their established following to help attract a bigger crowd.

Last year, Pro Bowl parties attracted hip-hop artists T-Pain, Biz Markie, Maino and Trina to Honolulu. In 2012, the only special guest announced so far is DJ Skribble.

Here's a rundown of all the parties announced in advance of the Jan. 29 football game; all events are 21-and-over unless noted:

Former University of Hawaii football player Davone Bess will host a fundraiser and co-host another nightclub event before Sunday's Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. (Associated Press)

Former University of Hawaii football player Davone Bess will host a fundraiser and co-host another nightclub event before Sunday's Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. (Associated Press)

» Davone Bess Pro Bowl Fundraiser, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Tiki's Grill and Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave. Invited guests include Colt Brennan, Chad Owens, Reggie Bush, Mike Pouncey, Vince Manuwai and Ryan Grice-Mullen. Tickets: $30, includes buffet dinner and two drink tickets. Call 923-8454.

» Allstar Pro VIP Kickoff Party, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Zanzabar Nightclub, 2255 Kuhio Ave. Presented by Hot Lava Entertainment and hosted by Willis McGahee of the Denver Broncos. Call 429-0715, 256-7721 or visit www.hotlavahawaii.com.

» Warren Moon and Tony Gonzalez Pro Bowl Party, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Pearl Ultralounge, Ala Moana Center. Tickets: $25 general admission, $50 "Fast Pass" entry, $100 VIP (includes access to VIP player area and drink ticket; advance purchase only). Call (888) 789-5666 for VIP advance purchase, 371-5224 for bottle service reservations or email info@pearlhawaii.com.

» Fifth Annual Players Lounge Hawaii, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Zanzabar Nightclub, 2255 Kuhio Ave. Presented by Hot Lava Entertainment and hosted by Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals. Call 429-0715, 256-7721 or visit www.hotlavahawaii.com.

» Pro Bowl Weekend at Addiction, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Addiction Nightclub, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. Presented by Peter Maharaj and hosted by Jesse Sapolu. Cover: $20. Call 943-5800.

» Allstar Pro VIP Celebrity Pool Splash, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, 2300 Kalakaua Ave. Presented by Hot Lava Entertainment and DIGS Hawaii. Call 429-0715, 256-7721, 779-1235 or visit www.hotlavahawaii.com.

» Pro Bowl Block Party, 7 to 10 p.m. along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Free admission; all ages welcome.

» Pro Bowl Platinum Players Party, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Zanzabar Nightclub, 2255 Kuhio Ave. Presented by Rick Rock Productions and hosted by Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos and Davone Bess of the Miami Dolphins, with special guest DJ Skribble. Tickets: $20. Call 924-3939 or email info@zanzabarhawaii.com.

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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 jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Konishiki and Kong team up

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January 11th, 2012



It's no secret Hawaiian culture is popular in Japan. Hula halau are common, and many local recording artists make regular tour stops in various parts of the country.

Kamasami Kong, standing, and Konishiki kicked off a new Hawaiian music radio program in Japan this week. (Courtesy NHK-FM)

Kamasami Kong, standing, and Konishiki kicked off a new Hawaiian music radio program in Japan this week. (Courtesy NHK-FM)

Yesterday, Hawaiian music (and music by Japanese artists about Hawaii) gained an even bigger stage as NHK-FM launched a new radio program on all of its stations nationwide. The nightly show, which broadcasts from midnight to 1 a.m. weekdays in Japan, is hosted by former Hawaii radio personality Kamasami Kong alongside former sumo wrestler Konishiki (aka Salevaa Atisonoe).

"We'll be playing all types of Hawaiian music with special features focusing on various styles," Kong wrote via email. "Almost every genre of music from Hawaii will be represented in this nightly, semi-educational show, including music about Hawaii by top artists from here in Japan."

Due to the time difference (Japan is 19 hours ahead of Hawaii), the show airs locally at 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays — but there doesn't appear to be an option for live streaming of content via the NHK-FM website. Kong did provide a link for listeners to submit requests; look for the "(※)" symbol and enter your name, age and pick a random Japanese state, then fill out the last three fields with the artist, song name and message before clicking the submit button at the bottom of the form.

Produced by Tastuya Fushimi of FM Sounds in Tokyo, Kong added the new program will take Hawaiian music in Japan "to a whole new level and create more nationwide awareness among average persons here in Japan."

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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 jason@staradvertiser.com.

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