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Revive the Live adds winter concert

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October 31st, 2014



Looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping this year? Don’t wait for Black Friday — head to the Blaisdell Box Office or any Walmart store in Hawaii and pick up tickets for the first annual Revive the Live Winter Music Festival at the Waikiki Shell on Dec. 27.

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REVIVE THE LIVE WINTER

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Featuring Morgan Heritage, J Boog and Fiji

» Where: Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave.

» When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27; doors open at 4:30 p.m.

» Cost: $35, $45 and $80 in advance; $45, $55 and $90 at the door ($25 terrace and lawn seats also available only when tickets go on sale Saturday)

» Info: (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com, hifinest.com

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because local streetwear company Hawaii’s Finest presented the inaugural Revive the Live Music Festival with Katchafire, Fiji, Kolohe Kai, Maoli, Ekolu and Ooklah the Moc back in September. At the time, owner Paulele Alcon told the Pulse he would be back in December to celebrate Hawaii’s Finest’s five-year anniversary with another concert at the Shell.

“It’s been years since Hawaii has been able to enjoy a big local/reggae show during this time of year,” Alcon said this week. “I’ve been a fan of live music long before I started to do my own shows. Now I’m very grateful and blessed that I’m able to put my own dream shows together for Hawaii to enjoy.”

Alcon’s gift to reggae fans this year are headline performances by Morgan Heritage, J Boog and Fiji, with opening sets by Jemere Morgan, Hot Rain and DJ Westafa. With help from sponsors Heineken and Island 98.5, the Revive the Live brand has gained a lot of support since the first concerts held at The Republik.

“The main goal is to revive live local and reggae music in Hawaii,” said Alcon. “(Morgan Heritage) is one of my favorite (bands) and one of the most musically and vocally talented acts out there. We’ve been grooving to their music on the radio for years, hearing nearly every local band out of Hawaii cover their songs, and now we get to see them live.

“J Boog performs here very rarely, and when we do get to see him he gets better and more exciting every time. This will also be Fiji’s last performance before he takes a break for at least a year to finish up his next album and work on his health.”

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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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Mraz announces December shows

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October 14th, 2014



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012Jason Mraz on stage at the Waikiki Shell in 2012. He returns for shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in December.

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Jason Mraz on stage at the Waikiki Shell in 2012. He returns for shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in December.

Hawaii residents will have three opportunities in December to catch Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jason Mraz, who returns to the islands in support of his latest album, "Yes!"

Tickets go on sale Friday for shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 11 and 12. A third concert will take place Dec. 14 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

"Yes!" was released in June; after spending the summer in Europe, Mraz is currently back in the United States and will tour in Canada, Japan, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and finally Australia before wrapping up 2014 with the three Hawaii dates.

Mraz's last appearance in Honolulu came in 2012, when he returned to headline the Waikiki Shell in support of "Love is a Four-Letter Word."

Tickets for all three December shows go on sale to the general public Friday at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Blaisdell Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com. Prices have not been announced.

Don't want to wait until Friday? Click here for access to a fan pre-sale password that will allow you to purchase tickets Wednesday.

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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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CabaRAE Showroom nears completion

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October 10th, 2014



PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMNewly hired bar staff at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's CabaRAE Showroom take part in a cocktail tasting on Wednesday.

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

Newly hired bar staff at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's CabaRAE Showroom take part in a cocktail tasting on Wednesday.

As much as local people love to hate on Waikiki — too many tourists (duh!), too much traffic, not enough affordable parking — it’s always been a nightlife destination for visitors and Hawaii residents alike.

While the area has experienced a drastic reduction in nightclubs in recent years, generations of local people have partied at places like The Point After, the Wave Waikiki, Eurasia, Lotus Soundbar and Maharaja. Party promoters have also worked over the years with hotels like the old W Honolulu (now Lotus Waikiki), Sheraton Waikiki and Trump International Waikiki to host events in non-traditional locations like hotel restaurants and ballrooms.

Soon the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort will re-enter the nightlife fray in a major way when the new CabaRAE Showroom opens near the Tapa Bar in the hotel’s Tapa Tower (anyone else besides me remember watching Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre perform at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 2000, or Britney Spears filming a television concert special beachfront at the resort a few months earlier the same year?). Before the end of 2014, guests will be able to take in an evening of acrobatics, music and comedy in a 10,000-square-foot space that will transform into an afterhours lounge once each evening's performance has finished.

A close-up shot of one of the walls near the main bar in the new CabaRAE Showroom.

A close-up shot of one of the walls near the main bar in the new CabaRAE Showroom.

The Pulse was given an exclusive sneak-peek of the new showroom, which is approximately 90 percent complete, on Wednesday to observe as new staff hires attended an orientation session followed by a cocktail tasting with Joey Gottesman of Young’s Market Company of Hawaii. While we weren’t allowed to photograph the entire space, San Diego-based nightclub industry veteran Dave Renzella was happy to share a few select details about the new venue Hilton Hotels & Resorts hired him to create.

“The idea of the show is theater in the round,” he said. “It’s an intimate, interactive experience. We’re thinking it’s going to be about 350 seats with VIP banquettes and bottle service also available.”

Umbrellas hang from the ceiling near the main bar area.

Umbrellas hang from the ceiling near the main bar area.

If you attended a “CabaRAE” preview performance earlier this year, there will still be something new to experience once the production opens in the new showroom. With talent arriving from around the world on a regular basis, the show is guaranteed to change as cast members rotate in and out.

“Typically our cast will be on six- or 12-month contracts, so it’s always going to stay fresh and interesting,” Renzella said. “It will always be acrobatics, comedy and music, but not always the same acts. You can come and see new talent every year from all over the world.”

Two bars will service guests — the main bar in the showroom itself, with a secondary lanai bar featuring a nautical theme. Unlike other stage productions, guests will be encouraged to get up and walk around during the show without having to worry about an usher hurrying them along. The bars will remain open throughout each evening’s performance as well.

“It’s going to be an environment that promotes having fun and having a few cocktails,” Renzella said. “Guests will be encouraged to move around freely.”

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The cocktail menu itself is still in development, however, with staffers tasting their way through a full lineup of drinks on Wednesday that were all named after current performers in the cast. Gottesman mixed up concoctions like Svelta’s Spine Twister, Maxime’s Double Dark N Stormy, The Flying Trapeze and Poissonnett’s Triple Tipple. Despite the fancy names, Gottesman said they were all simple variations of classic cocktails guaranteed to let the good times roll.

But the most intriguing aspect of the new CabaRAE Showroom is what Renzella said will follow each night’s performance. Guests will be invited to stick around for a meet-and-greet with cast members at the main bar, with the showroom morphing into a more lounge-like atmosphere that will stay open until 2 a.m.

Young's Market Company of Hawaii's Joey Gottesman, left, leads new CabaRAE Showroom staff through a tasting session on Wednesday.

Young's Market Company of Hawaii's Joey Gottesman, left, leads new CabaRAE Showroom staff through a tasting session on Wednesday.

The concept reminds me of what LEVEL4 did with the former Waikiki Nei space at the Royal Hawaiian Center, but a built-in customer base of hotel guests with nothing to do on-property once hotel bars close at 11 p.m. is something they couldn’t count on there.

Renzella can. Even if local crowds are slow to discover it, he said he was optimistic guests from within the Hilton Hawaiian Village would welcome the new late-night option.

Although an official grand opening date has yet to be announced, the public should be able to get a preview of the new drinks and lounge space later this month. Performances are expected to begin before the end of the year. For more details, visit cabarae.com or follow the production on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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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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SURFER Poll voting underway

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October 7th, 2014



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013Surfer Poll Awards host Sal Masekela, left, interviews Kelly Slater on a live feed from the Turtle Bay Resort at the 2013 Surfer Poll Awards. The pre-show arrivals, as well as the awards ceremony itself, will be broadcast live online again this year.

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SURFER Poll Awards host Sal Masekela, left, interviews Kelly Slater on a live feed from the Turtle Bay Resort at the 2013 SURFER Poll Awards. The pre-show arrivals, as well as the awards ceremony itself, will be broadcast live online again this year.

Voting is now underway for the 44th SURFER Poll, an annual public ranking of the top 10 favorite male and female professional surfers by readers of SURFER magazine.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010From left, Mia Irons and Bruce Irons pose for a photo with Sonny Garcia at the 2010 Surfer Poll Awards.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010

From left, Mia Irons and Bruce Irons pose for a photo with Sonny Garcia at the 2010 SURFER Poll Awards.

Along with top surfers, the awards also honor winners in categories that include Best Barrel, Worst Wipeout, Best Documentary and Movie of the Year.

For the fifth straight year, winners will be celebrated during the Surfer Poll Awards at Turtle Bay Resort. The event debuted in Hawaii under the shadow of iconic local surfer Andy Irons’ death the month prior. A copy of SURFER with Irons on the cover was distributed to those who attended, and many of the winners eulogized their friend while accepting their awards.

Irons, who placed sixth in 2010, continues to get votes each year. He came in at No. 10 in 2013.

This year's SURFER Poll Awards will be held on Dec. 6 at Turtle Bay Resort. To vote in this year’s SURFER Poll, visit surferpoll.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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