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Five can't-miss summer concerts

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June 26th, 2014



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012MAUI'S ANUHEA WILL RETURN TO THE LINEUP OF THE 2014 MAYJAH RAYJAH AT THE WAIKIKI SHELL IN JULY.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012

MAUI'S ANUHEA WILL RETURN TO THE LINEUP OF THE 2014 MAYJAH RAYJAH AT THE WAIKIKI SHELL IN JULY.

In honor of the official start of summer last weekend, here's a list of five big shows coming up in Honolulu during July and August. If you only have enough graduation cash or summer job savings to check out one concert, make sure it's one of these.

MAYJAH RAYJAH 2014

Now that the annual KCCN FM-100 Birthday Bash is gone, the title of Biggest Summer Concert of the Year is a toss-up between the Raymond “Ray Jr.” Ho Jr.-produced MayJah RayJah and BAMP Project's Republik Summer Music Festival.

Ray Jr. consistently strives to outdo himself, so this year's two-day event at the Waikiki Shell shouldn't disappoint. J Boog will headline the first night, with support from more than two dozen opening acts that include Nesian N.I.N.E., Hot Rain, Backward Shaka, Ikena Dupont and DJ Osna. The following evening, Shaggy returns to Honolulu with help from Anuhea, Kapena, Bo Napoleon, Sammy J and others.

The party doesn't stop on Oahu, however. The MayJah RayJah will stage concurrent shows on Maui the same two nights, with the Saturday night Oahu lineup playing Maui on Friday night and vice versa.

For a full list of performers and details on special advance ticket deals, visit the MayJah RayJah Facebook page or mayjahrayjah.com.

4 p.m. July 25 and July 26 at the Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. Tickets: $29-$120, plus taxes and fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Jack Johnson finished his performance at Mililani Ike with a big smile. (Star-Advertiser photo by Craig T. Kojima)

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2014

JACK JOHNSON AFTER A PERFORMANCE FOR STUDENTS AT MILILANI IKE ELEMENTARY EARLIER THIS YEAR.

JACK JOHNSON WITH SPECIAL GUEST MICHAEL KIWANUKA

There's no ignoring the fact that Jack Johnson's pair of August concerts at the Waikiki Shell are among the most highly-anticipated of not just the summer, but all of 2014.

Sadly, unless you're one of the 17,000 or so lucky fans with tickets to those shows, the only way you'll see the North Shore resident with opening act Michael Kiwanuka is to camp out in Kapiolani Park.

6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at the Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. Both shows sold out; proceeds to benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

E-40 WITH SPECIAL GUEST NUMP TRUMP

COURTESY WAY 2 SMOOVE ENTERTAINMENTBAY AREA HIP-HOP ARTIST E-40 RETURNS TO OAHU ON JULY 3.

COURTESY WAY 2 SMOOVE ENTERTAINMENT

E-40 RETURNS TO OAHU ON JULY 3.

Without the NFL Pro Bowl to help attract more of his fans to Honolulu, I'm worried the crowd will be a bit lacking at The Crown when Bay Area rap legend E-40 returns to Honolulu on July 3.

Still, it's the night before a holiday, and 40 has always enjoyed a warm welcome during previous visits. This time he's in town to support his 2013 album, "The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4," with help from Filipino American hip-hop artist Nump Trump.

11 p.m. July 3 at The Crown, 1837 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets: $45, $75 and $150, plus fees. Call (808) 943-1700 or visit eventbrite.com.

BACK IN THE DAY WITH KAPONO AND FRIENDS

The Waikiki Shell will wrap up a busy stretch of summer shows when Henry Kapono headlines an all-star lineup of local musicians during Back in the Day Hawai'i on Aug. 23.

The concert, presented by Oceanic Time Warner Cable, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts and Alaska Airlines, is also sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and will serve as a benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2011HENRY KAPONO PERFORMS AT THE HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE IN 2011. HE'LL BRING HIS BACK IN THE DAY CONCERT TO THE WAIKIKI SHELL IN AUGUST.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2011

HENRY KAPONO PERFORMS AT THE HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE IN 2011. HE'LL BRING HIS BACK IN THE DAY CONCERT TO THE WAIKIKI SHELL IN AUGUST.

Along with Kapono, the following artists are scheduled to perform:

» Kalapana

» Jerry Santos

» Brother Noland

» Keola Beamer

» Robert Cazimero

» Willie K

» John Cruz

» Amy Hanaiali’i

» Robi Kahakalau

» Sean Na’auao

» Ledward Kaapana

» Mike Kaawa

» Raiatea Helm

6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. Tickets: $29-$150, VIP packages available. Visit backinthedayhawaii.com.

COURTNEY LOVE

ASSOCIATED PRESSCOURTNEY LOVE.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

COURTNEY LOVE.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the return of Courtney Love to Honolulu on Aug. 26 at The Republik.

Starting with Hole in 1989, Love has been an indelible part of the American rock landscape for 25 years. She's worked as a solo artist for more than a decade, although Hole did resurface with a new lineup and album in 2010.

Love, who is also an accomplished actress and author, released a new single, "You Know My Name," last month.

8 p.m. Aug. 26 at The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets: $40. Call (808) 941-7469 or visit bampproject.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 and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Honolulu Club celebrates reopening

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June 20th, 2014



PHOTOS COURTESY THE HONOLULU CLUBTHE HONOLULU CLUB REOPENED AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE AFTER TWO WEEKS OF RENOVATIONS. A GRAND REOPENING PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY AT THE CLUB.

PHOTOS COURTESY THE HONOLULU CLUB

THE HONOLULU CLUB REOPENED AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE AFTER TWO WEEKS OF RENOVATIONS. A GRAND REOPENING PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY AT THE CLUB.

Following a two-week closure last month and $3 million in upgrades and renovations, the Honolulu Club is ready to party — and everyone is invited.

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THE SUMMER PARTY

Honolulu Club Grand Reopening Celebration

» Where: Honolulu Club, 932 Ward Ave.

» When: 7 p.m. Saturday

» Cost: $50 general admission, $80 VIP ($35 and $65 for Honolulu Club members)

» Info: (808) 585-9626, honoluluclub.com

Local professionals have utilized the members-only club’s location on Ward Avenue as a convenient destination for a morning workout, quick business lunch or pau hana cocktails for more than three decades. After first purchasing the building in 2008, local businessman Richard Gushman and California-based real estate investor Douglas Emmett moved forward with plans to take over management of the Honolulu Club in May 2013.

“This is a very prestigious brand, and it went … downhill,” said Honolulu Club general manager Troy Henry. “We’re just now getting to the starting blocks of heading in a new direction.”

Henry would know. The Sacramento native has been with the club for nearly eight years, starting as a personal trainer before moving into management. Many of the club’s 156 employees have worked there for an extended period of time, he said. The return to local management and major reinvestment in the club itself have served to reinvigorate both paying members as well as employees.

“All of the equipment is brand new,” Henry said before taking the Pulse on a tour of the facilities on Thursday. “There were some infrastructure changes made (in the lobby) and we opened up our bar and lounge (so) it has a more inviting feel.

“If you go downstairs, there were offices removed and more space opened up, which allowed us to put more equipment in there. … Now in 2014, we’re a full-blown fitness facility and we have amenities that cater to our membership with a social component.”

A VARIETY OF FITNESS CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AS PART OF THE HONOLULU CLUB'S MONTHLY DUES.

A VARIETY OF FITNESS CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AS PART OF THE HONOLULU CLUB'S MONTHLY DUES.

The social component is the focus of renewed effort to reconnect members with the Honolulu Club’s “glory days,” Henry said. With 64,000 square feet of space on three levels, the club is already an established destination for workouts.

Some of Honolulu’s top personal trainers offer their expertise as part of the club’s monthly dues, and members have access to various fitness classes offered throughout the day. It is also one of the only places in town left to play racquetball.

Despite all the amenities that already come with the club’s monthly dues of $174 — which also include access to a full-service spa (that’s also open to the public), plush locker rooms with upgraded digital lockers, wireless Internet access and up to five hours of validated parking per visit — Henry said members deserve even more. Staying healthy is important, but so is social interaction.

“One thing that’s been lost with the Honolulu Club is the social aspect of it,” he said. “If you go back to its origins, it started as a social club … and that’s something a lot of people don’t recognize. The Honolulu Club was a social club that happened to have a little gym.”

THE HONOLULU CLUB IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES LEFT ON OAHU WITH MULTIPLE SQUASH AND RACQUETBALL COURTS.

THE HONOLULU CLUB IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES LEFT ON OAHU WITH MULTIPLE SQUASH AND RACQUETBALL COURTS.

THE HONOLULU CLUB'S UPGRADED LOCKER ROOMS INCLUDE TELEVISIONS AND DIGITAL LOCKERS.

THE HONOLULU CLUB'S UPGRADED LOCKER ROOMS INCLUDE TELEVISIONS AND DIGITAL LOCKERS.

Saturday’s The Summer Party will serve as a celebration for members who have stuck with the Honolulu Club through its recent transition period, while also opening the club to the public and providing an opportunity to check out all the cosmetic changes in a party atmosphere.

“Everything we do, we’re always keeping our current membership base in mind,” Henry said. “We want to do things to make them happy as well as expose ourselves to a new generation of members.

All three floors of the club will be in use, with live entertainment by Cool Aina, Medium Rare, Fabulous Tradewinds and Kupaoa alongside DJs Jim Browskee, GL and Vince.

“(The Summer Party is) a progressive party,” said Henry. “We’ll have a nightclub theme with appetizers in the lounge. And if you head upstairs to the roof, that’s where we’ll have our main course with the buffet. If there’s any one thing, that’s what I’m the most excited to see. I can’t wait to see what it looks like at night with the stars up there. That’s going to be my favorite.”

Those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the club’s pool deck, which will be transformed with an all-white theme to go with a dessert bar, crepe station and specialty cocktails featuring KAI vodka.

Tickets for Saturday’s event start at $50, with discounted admission for current Honolulu Club members. VIP bottle service is available; follow the club’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for the inside scoop on potential last-minute discounts for the late night crowd.

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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 and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Krystilez keeps making waves

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June 7th, 2014



One of Hawaii hip-hop’s more controversial artists is back on the scene with a new single, new website and a new outlook on his career.

COURTESY KRIS ANCHETALOCAL HIP-HOP ARTIST KRYSTILEZ SPORTING HIBRED'S CRABS IN A BUCKET HAT AND ANTIPOPULAR T-SHIRT.

COURTESY KRIS ANCHETA

LOCAL HIP-HOP ARTIST KRYSTILEZ SPORTING HIBRED'S CRABS IN A BUCKET HAT AND ANTIPOPULAR T-SHIRT.

“When I started, I wanted to be rich and famous,” said Kris “Krystilez” Ancheta. “(Now) I just want to be free, man.”

Honolulu’s nightlife landscape was quite different when Ancheta, 31, released “The O” in 2006. Hip-hop reigned supreme in local clubs, and enough people were part of the scene to support frequent MC battles at a variety of different venues.

For the next three years, Ancheta and the crew from his former label, Tiki Entertainment, worked tirelessly to realize a level of success they had only seen on TV and read about in magazines. While the club kids loved Krystilez, he struggled to gain respect for his music in more grown-up environments, like local radio stations or among voters in the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts, the organization behind the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Despite their best efforts, “The O” wasn’t as successful as it was projected to be. When other Tiki artists failed to catch on, too, it caused them all to take a step back.

“The music wasn’t working,” said Samson Malani, better known to Hawaii hip-hop fans as the artist Spookahuna and former co-owner of Tiki Entertainment. “Our first drop, we’d sell 6,000 CDs in one crack. Then the whole iPod thing with digital music started happening and people started getting easy access to free music.

“Once that started happening, I left.”

Ancheta, on the other hand, got angry. In 2011, he released “Dear HARA,” a scathing rebuke of the status quo within the Hawaii music scene. His questioning of HARA’s mentality at the time to group hip-hop artists into a single category with other genres helped advance the conversation that eventually led to hip-hop getting its own category at the Hoku Awards.

The same year, he joined forces with Jonah “Big Mox” Moananu, Michael “Mic Tre” Rosales and Jerel “Osna” Ronquilio to form the Angry Locals. The local hip-hop supergroup released “Shaka to da Neck” and “Los Wages” in 2011, followed by “Locals Only” in 2013. They supported the projects with plenty of live performances and multiple tours of the Continental U.S., earning critical acclaim and modest success — just not to the level Ancheta had hoped for.

“I had to come to terms with not being a rap star,” Ancheta said. “That’s not me.”

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013KRYSTILEZ, LEFT, WITH FELLOW ANGRY LOCALS MEMBERS BIG MOX, MIC TRE AND OSNA.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013

KRYSTILEZ, LEFT, WITH FELLOW ANGRY LOCALS MEMBERS BIG MOX, MIC TRE AND OSNA.

MOST RECENTLY, he has focused on his career as a local radio personality, working for some of the same stations that didn’t — and still don’t — play his music. He’s come to terms with the idea that more people recognize his name from the radio than his raps. But his front row seat to the shift in Hawaii’s tastes from hip-hop and R&B to all things EDM has only fueled his creative fire even more.

Last week Ancheta dropped a new single, ”Karma,” with an accompanying music video and a warning: Some people aren't going to like what they hear. (Click here to listen to a sample.)

“It’s controversial,” he admitted. “It’s anti-EDM, anti-King Kekai. I explain the MayJah RayJah situation. And then there’s the Sanford Dole situation.

“With ‘Dear HARA,’ a lot of people didn’t know what I was talking about. But when you say things like ‘MayJah RayJah’ or ‘EDM,’ they understand. And then they’re going to pick a side.”

Anyone familiar with current music, local hip-hop or Honolulu’s concert scene will be interested in what he has to say on the track. And then there are the Dole references, which must be heard to be truly appreciated. For someone who used to rap about gold rope chains and slanging dope on the streets, the change in creative focus is a refreshing sign of maturity from the Nanakuli-raised artist.

“I’m doing it because this actually affected me. I have to see a lot of this stuff at events. It’s kind of lame to me.

“I want to be able to do what I want, basically. I don’t have high means. I just want to make music. It’s art. I want to make art.”

Along with the music, Ancheta is branching out with Malani into fashion and art once again. The two have revived Hibred, a clothing line Malani originally launched in 2004. With help from Malani’s cousin, Saint “Malu” Kalama, they hope to regain the momentum the brand had previously built by sharing Hawaii’s modern urban lifestyle online with customers throughout the United States and Polynesia via their website, wearehi.com.

Hibred’s initial salvo was the digital release of “Karma” to go with a T-shirt and hat release (look for the song, plus Hibred's Antipopular shirt and Crabs in a Bucket hat online at wearehi.com) on May 30. The next cultural bomb drops on Wednesday, Kamehameha Day, when Malani will unveil an original — and once again, controversial — piece of artwork featuring the legendary Hawaiian king.

“It shows what Kamehameha would look like if he were around today,” he said, keeping things vague on purpose. “Who would he be right now, today?”

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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 and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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