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Heineken shows aloha for Hawaii

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June 30th, 2015



COURTESY CNNCNN's Anthony Bourdain drank quite a bit of Heineken while on location filming an episode of "Parts Unknown" earlier this year.

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CNN's Anthony Bourdain drank quite a bit of Heineken while filming an episode of "Parts Unknown" in Hawaii earlier this year.

People of a certain age in Hawaii — those old enough to drink alcohol, to be specific — know you can’t go wrong showing up to almost any social gathering with a cold pack of beer.

And despite the push to support locally produced products (and craft beer in general) over the last few years, many locals know there are three main choices that will keep the majority of people happy. If they’re not “Up for Whatever” or packing the Silver Bullet in their coolers, it’s a good bet the bottles they brought are of the green variety and filled with Heineken.

COURTESY HEINEKEN USAHeineken will release a Honolulu-themed bottle this summer to go with its regular and light beer offerings.

COURTESY HEINEKEN USA

Heineken will release a Honolulu-themed bottle this summer to go with its regular and light beer offerings.

Even when Hawaii makes it into the national spotlight for its cuisine — as was the case earlier in June when CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” filmed here — those green bottles are everywhere. Heineken may not be produced here, but it was the beer people on Molokai shared when Bourdain ventured there to talk story. (According to 2014 sales data, Hawaii is one of the top 10 markets in the United States when it comes to consumption of the brew.)

Heineken will say mahalo for the support in two pretty cool ways this summer. First, Honolulu will be honored with a special commemorative bottle as part of the Open Your City campaign. Now in its second year, the campaign features a limited run of city-specific bottles; Honolulu was one of 14 new cities selected this year along with places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.

“Honolulu is one of the world’s great cities, where the most beautiful environment meets the most exciting opportunities to truly experience life at its best,” Heineken vice president of marketing Ralph Rijks said in a statement. “We are recognizing Hawaii, and the people of Hawaii in particular, by doing our small part to help make a great city even greater.”

Find the special bottles wherever Heineken is sold; they're expected to arrive here soon, if not already available.

Heineken will also host the inaugural Heineken Pacific Mele on July 18 at the Waikiki Shell. Hawaii-born recording artist Kawehi will be joined by Japan’s Shugo Tokumaru and Southern California-based indie rockers Local Natives at the 21-and-over event. Score free tickets by visiting www.heinekenpacificmele.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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SKY Waikiki hosts hiring party

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June 18th, 2015



Working in the bar and nightclub industry can be a very lucrative proposition. Bartenders, cocktail waitresses and even those scantily clad bottle hostesses can make hundreds — sometimes thousands — of dollars a night at Honolulu’s more popular venues.

COURTESY SKY WAIKIKI  An artist rendering of SKY Waikiki depicts an open-air experience with breathtaking views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.

COURTESY SKY WAIKIKI

An artist rendering of SKY Waikiki depicts an open-air experience with breathtaking views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.

So it’s a little odd to see one of Honolulu’s most highly anticipated club openings of 2015 resort to giving away “a chance to win $1,000 in cash and prizes” in an effort to recruit new employees. Maybe it’s the only way to truly capture the attention of the Millenial generation?

No matter your thoughts on the marketing gimmick, expect a pretty big crowd at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza on Thursday and Friday as SKY Waikiki holds job interviews from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. A variety of positions are up for grabs, from cocktail servers and bartenders to VIP hosts, security staff and kitchen help.

No sign-ups are necessary, but job-seekers are asked to bring a current resume and headshot (which will also get you entered to win the cash and prizes up for grabs).

“SKY Waikiki is poised to be Hawaii’s ultimate rooftop experience,” said managing partner Jovan Andow in a release sent via email. “The idea behind this event is to not only hire new team members but to also give people a taste of what to expect prior to our grand opening later this summer.”

Can't make it down this week? SKY Waikiki is also accepting applications online.

Sky Waikiki has been in the works for years and was originally expected to open in 2013. That was pushed back to spring, then summer, of last year before being delayed again until 2015. According to the rooftop bistro, lounge and nightclub’s Facebook page, the latest grand opening date is now set for Aug. 29.

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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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