The Republik rebounds
After a few weeks of uncertainty, Kapiolani Boulevard nightspot The Republik is back on track with its plan to dominate Honolulu's concert scene.
Without proper testing and certification of its fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, the Honolulu Fire Department issued multiple notices of violation in August, resulting in The Republik being restricted to just 299 people — a decrease of nearly 70 percent in crowd size compared to what owners expected — and fire inspectors showing up to enforce the restriction when rock band Third Eye Blind performed on Aug. 31.
On Sept. 14, however, representatives from HFD and the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting attended a functional performance test, which allowed for The Republik's capacity to jump to 1,000 people. According to HFD spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig, conducting the test took care of "two of the three issues" and all that was left was the "administrative" process by DPP to determine the venue's official maximum room capacity.
The Republik has not responded to multiple requests for comment about the situation, but continues to issue press releases and social media updates about upcoming shows. Already announced: Ballyhoo! on Oct. 13, The Green on Oct. 19 and 20, and Odd Future on Oct. 27.
In addition, upcoming shows were announced this week; tickets will be available tomorrow for Tiffany on Nov. 2, Buckcherry on Nov. 3, a DJ set by Dirty Vegas on Nov. 10, Ozomatli on Dec. 1 and Reel Big Fish on Dec. 9.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.