Archive for May, 2016

Atlantis Cruises welcomes Majestic to Honolulu Harbor

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May 28th, 2016



JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMAtlantis Cruises hosted a media preview event aboard its new cruise vessel, Majestic, on Thursday.

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Atlantis Cruises hosted a media preview event aboard its new cruise vessel, Majestic, on Thursday.

Atlantis Cruises unveiled its next generation of sailing vessel this week, and at the same time bid aloha to a ship that faithfully served dinner cruise passengers for more than 15 years.

The company purchased Majestic earlier this year and had it delivered from Long Beach, Calif. to its new home near Aloha Tower last month. A blessing for the 150-foot ship was held Thursday and its inaugural dinner cruise took place last night.

“Majestic is a significant upgrade in quality of experience,” said Ronald Williams, Atlantis Adventures president and CEO. “It’s spaciousness, floor plan design and interior decor make it much more comfortable for guests to move about, enjoy the spectacular views and be entertained.”

The ship features three separate guest experiences, with a cocktail lounge and dance floor sandwiched between Majestic’s formal dining space and an open-air observation deck that also includes a private bridal suite to accommodate wedding parties. It also utilizes Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilizing technology to provide the smoothest ride possible.

In the short term, Williams said all three decks will be available for customers to explore and create their own “freestyle” dinner cruise.

“You don’t have to go downstairs right away,” he said. “You can come up to the lounge, have a few drinks and then eat downstairs at your leisure.

“We want to get out of this box that says, ‘This is what we want you to do.’ We want you to buy an experience, and now we offer a variety of options to go with that experience.”

COURTESY ATLANTIS CRUISESMajestic welcomed its first passengers on Friday.

COURTESY ATLANTIS CRUISES

Majestic welcomed its first passengers on Friday.

Majestic can accommodate up to 400 passengers, which is more than the Navatek previously carried when it handled dinner cruise duties off Honolulu’s south shore for Atlantis. The company has yet to determine that ship’s future after retiring it from active service yesterday.

“Navatek has been a wonderful cruise vessel the past 16 years and made a lot of happy memories for guests,” Williams said. “Majestic is the future for Atlantis and we’re excited about showing our guests a new and better way to enjoy the cruise experience in Hawaii.”

The new ship will also serve as an experiment of sorts for Atlantis. Williams said the company will continue to monitor and evaluate guest behavior in an effort to provide the best experience possible.

“The customer is going to tell us a lot about what they want,” he said. “What (Majestic) looks like on her maiden voyage will be totally different than what she looks like a year from now.

“Once we believe we have the formula, this type of ship could then show up on other islands.”

Learn more about Majestic and the types of cruises available to guests by visiting the Atlantis Cruises website; discounts are available when booking and paying for a reservation online.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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'West is Best' finshes exclusive run at Regal Kapolei Commons

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May 28th, 2016



DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COMThe students who created "West is Best" got a chance to preview the trailer at the new Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12 before its grand opening last month.

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The students who created "West is Best" got a chance to preview the trailer at the new Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12 before its grand opening last month.

If you’ve watched a movie at the new Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12, it’s a good bet you’ve seen the video love letter to Leeward Oahu created by students from the University of Hawaii West Oahu’s Academy of Creative Media.

“West is Best” is the trailer ACM students Mahea Kahala, Julian Silveria, Melissa Garbles, Kevin Bechayda, Kauluwehi Kato and August Harrington collaboratively wrote, produced, starred in and edited as part of an internship class at UHWO. It recently finished an exclusive one-month run at Kapolei Commons and is now available for viewing online.

“UHWO’s ACM program is only a year and a half old and already we have 68 majors, 43 of whom (are) transfers from other campuses,” said ACM director Chris Lee. “This is an amazing opportunity to showcase what these students are capable of accomplishing under the great faculty at UHWO and the state of the art equipment available to them. I could not be more pleased by the outcome.”

Along with showcasing the students’ work at Kapolei Commons, Regal presented UH-West Oahu with a $25,000 donation to help fund student scholarships, workshops with film industry professionals and new equipment.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Station Bar and Lounge closes its doors for good this weekend

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May 24th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Station Bar and Lounge closes its doors on Kapiolani Boulevard for good on Saturday after four and a half years in business.

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Station Bar and Lounge will shut down for good on Saturday after four and a half years in business.

Not every local band has the clout to regularly pull gigs opening for mainland headliners at the Republik or the fan base to justify booking a larger room like Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s.

Smaller, music-focused venues like Downbeat Lounge, Anna O’Brien’s and Jazz Minds Honolulu have long provided performance opportunities for a number of new and/or up-and-coming acts. But there will be one less place for these bands to play at after Station Bar and Lounge shuts its doors for good at 1726 Kapiolani Boulevard on Saturday.

“We lost our lease after the building was sold at the end of last year,” bar owner Blane Nishizawa explained in a Facebook post announcing the closure. “Station was built with the intentions of providing a comfortable, ‘Cheers’-like atmosphere where musicians and performers could gather and showcase their talents.

“I hope at least some of you over the years have been able to enjoy it while it lasted. Thanks for all the support and love.”

Station opened for business in December 2011. Nishizawa also co-owns Osoyami Bar and Grill, 1820 Algaroba Street, and said while the closure of Station is “a big blow to me personally,” he’ll continue to do his part for the local music scene by continuing to offer an open mic night, acoustic performances and stand-up comedy at his other bar.

Help say goodbye to Station during two final shows on Friday and Saturday. Both feature free admission and are open to those 21-and-over. Friday’s show will start at 7 p.m. and feature performances by Jazzy, Half Step Down, Delta Fleet, Dustin and TF, Above Reproach, Third Space and Backwards Shaka.

Saturday’s The Very Last Show at Station Bar and Lounge will kick off at 6 p.m. with The Bitten, followed by performances featuring the Granite Saints, Statue Illusion, Wulfpak, Yokai Still, A Shot at Sundown, Beware the Bear, Ignite the Red, the Instigators and Shipwrecks.

Stand-up comedy fans should stop by on Thursday, when Aaron Pughes hosts the final Comedy Hospital open mic night. Sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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More than 400 bands compete in one day during Hard Rock Rising

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May 24th, 2016



HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015Streelight Cadence was the Honolulu winner during last year's Hard Rock Rising band competition.

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Streelight Cadence was the Honolulu winner during last year's Hard Rock Rising band competition.

When the annual Hard Rock Rising band competition returns to Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu next week, four local bands will join more than 425 other acts on stage at 107 different Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel locations around the world in an attempt to take home $50,000 and a gig in Ibiza.

More than 10,000 bands registered for a chance to compete in this year’s contest, which rewards one global grand prize winner and four regional finalists with a professionally produced music video, 1,000-disc pressing of their latest album and a prize pack from Fender Instruments. The grand prize winners also earn a $50,000 payday and an all-expenses-paid trip to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in September.

This is also the first time all Hard Rock Rising performances will take place on the same day. The 107 winning bands from each market will then be evaluated by an “expert panel of international artists and music industry professionals,” according to a Hard Rock Cafe press release, which include Echosmith, All Time Low’s Jack Barakat, Tokyo Police Club, Alex “Clemente” Castillo and Strawberry Music Festival founder Shen Lihui, among others. The 12-member panel will be responsible for picking all four regional finalists as well as the overall winner.

The Honolulu regional semifinal kicks off at 6 p.m. June 1, with local bands the Hollow Spheres, Scarlet Cord, the Fresh Preps and Siire Lords of the Rock squaring off in Waikiki. Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu is located at 280 Beach Walk; validated parking is available in the Bank of Hawaii parking lot around the corner from the restaurant. Call 955-7383 for more info and visit the Hard Rock Rising website for more details about all the bands taking part in this year's competition.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Three months, three different sake-related events in Honolulu

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May 17th, 2016



CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2014The Joy of Sake returns to the Hawai'i Convention Center in July.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2014

The Joy of Sake returns to the Hawai'i Convention Center in July.

Now in its 16th year, the Joy of Sake has grown into a three-city tour that bills itself as “the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan.”

When the annual tasting returns to the Hawai’i Convention Center on July 22, nearly 400 different types of sake will be poured alongside food from more than 20 local restaurants. The event will also feature an Izakaya Alley with “upscale Japanese street food” served in an outdoor setting.

“We’re excited to bring The Joy of Sake to three cities where people clearly embrace sake and want to explore more,” organizer Chris Pearce said in a statement. The public tasting follows the private U.S. National Sake Appraisal, which also takes place here in July and features more than 160 sake breweries competing in a blind tasting by judges from the United States and Japan.

Tickets for the Honolulu stop are $100.74, with a limited number of $153.24 early access tickets also available. The higher priced early access gets you inside at 5:30 p.m., an hour before doors open to the general admission ticket holders. The tasting will run until 9 p.m. and is open to those 21-and-over only. Click here for tickets.

DON'T WANT to wait until July? Tickets are also on sale now for Sake Fest at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

From 6 to 9 p.m. June 13 in Waikiki, $75 will buy you sample sips of more than 50 different types of sake, shochu and Japanese beer, including:

» Bizen
» Born
» Echigo
» Ginrei
» Hakkaisan
» Hakutake
» Iichiko
» Kawabe
» Kikusui
» Kinjo
» Kubota
» Mugon
» Piritto Umeshu
» Sakura Muromachi
» Sengetsu
» Shiranami Genshu
» Tatsuriki
» Umepon
» Yamato Shizuku

Along with the liquor, guests will enjoy Japanese street food. Reservations are required; call (808) 739-9463 or email JasonF@times-supermarket.com to secure your spot.

AND IF next month is still too long to wait, make plans to check out the Sake Shop, 1461 S. King St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday for a Japanese Whisky and Sake Tasting.

Owners Malcolm and Nadine Leong have enlisted Scot Whigam from Southern Wine and Spirits to pour samples of Hibiki Japanese Harmony, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt and Mars Iwai whiskies.

Sake fans can try a sip of Yoshinogawa Echigo junmai and Kaiun junmai ginjo — or press your luck and try all five, since this tasting is free to attend! (Although you might want to consider supporting this local business and pick up a bottle or two if you plan on drinking more than one flight of samples.)

Get more information about this weekend’s tasting and future events by following the Sake Shop on Twitter or calling (808) 947-7253.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Zak Noyle's 'Eddie' images take center stage in Waikiki

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May 17th, 2016



COURTESY ZAK NOYLE Clyde Aikau, younger brother of Eddie Aikau, was one of the competitors in this year's Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau.

COURTESY ZAK NOYLE

Clyde Aikau, younger brother of Eddie Aikau, was one of the competitors in this year's Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau.

In order to capture the images showcased in a new exhibit of photographs at T Galleria by DFS Hawaii, local photographer Zak Noyle spent a full eight hours in the ocean at Waimea Bay.

And it wasn’t just another typical day in the bay — Noyle was in the water on Feb. 25 as the official photographer for the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, a surfing competition that was held for only the 10th time since 1985. The contest only takes place when waves are consistently clean and around 40 feet during daylight hours for at least six to eight hours. Noyle was also the only photographer allowed in Waimea Bay to shoot the contest the last time it ran in 2009.

Some of Noyle’s favorite photos from that day are on display in Waikiki through August, with prints available for sale and the proceeds donated to the Eddie Aikau Foundation to help perpetuate Aikau’s legacy. Noyle and some of the surfers who were in the water that day — including Eddie’s younger brother, Clyde Aikau — also attended an opening reception on May 7 to sign autographs and meet-and-greet with fans.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016Noyle, right, and Clyde Aikau at the opening reception for Noyle's photography exhibit in February at DFS Hawaii.

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Noyle, right, and Clyde Aikau at the opening reception for Noyle's photography exhibit in February at DFS Hawaii.

In addition to the photos, the Waikiki exhibit includes equipment he used in the ocean that day, including a Canon 70D camera and 24-105 lens, SPL water housing and custom fins. Koa Rothman provided the surfboard he used as the contest’s youngest participant, and one of the Aqua Lung inflatable ocean safety vests that debuted this year will be on display as well.

Along with shooting the Eddie, the 30-year-old also works for Surfer magazine as a staff photographer and was one of 162 people selected to take part in a recent Apple iPhone advertising campaign, which plastered spectacular pictures he shot at Makapu’u and Queens beaches on super-sized billboards around the world.

Noyle spoke with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last week before jetting off to Nicaragua to photograph more surfing action.

QUESTION: How often are you in Hawaii these days?

ANSWER: At least 2 to 3 weeks every month. I’m constantly on the go for the rest of the summer. It’s a lot of fun.

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‘THE QUICKSILVER IN MEMORY OF EDDIE AIKAU’
Featuring photographs by Zak Noyle
» Where: T Galleria by DFS Hawaii, 330 Royal Hawaiian Ave.
» When: Through Aug. 31
» Cost: Free
» Info: (808) 931-2700 or dfs.com/en/tgalleria-hawaii

Q: You turned 30 this year. What was your birthday like?

A: I wanted to be somewhere cool. I kind of just put it out to the universe and we ended up going to Indonesia. We ended up scoring amazing waves. That was a really great way to bring in 30.

Q: How does this exhibit compare to others you’ve done?

A: It was such a historic and crazy day. To have it in a viewing place where it is now, it’s on the world stage. To be the one who was in the water shooting it all day, it was such a special thing for me.

Q: Did you know you were going to be in the water for eight hours straight?

A: Yes and no. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I knew I didn’t want to get out of the water. The fact that it hasn’t happened in seven years, why would I want to miss one wave? You could potentially miss the best wave of the entire day. Why even tempt that?

I knew I could go for eight hours. I was going to man up, I kept telling myself. Why wouldn’t I want to be in the water that entire time?

Q: How did you prepare yourself for this year’s Eddie?

A: I had a big three weeks before that. I was in Micronesia (and) ended up going to Japan to snowboard. Every day I’d be monitoring it constantly, but I only ended up staying three days.

I got back (to Hawaii) the night before. I was pretty exhausted. The whole day before, I just hydrated heavily. I just knew it was going to be a long day.

Q: What did it mean to you being the only photographer in the water that day?

A: I don’t think I got the jitters. It’s Waimea Bay. I was diving under waves that had 60-foot faces. No matter what, it’s scary. It was just incredible I was able to do it again.

It’s more about what it all stands for. To me, that’s what makes it more chicken skin.

In the morning, everyone was real focused. And then in the afternoon everyone had loosened up. The whole vibe changed. Everyone was there to honor Eddie more than anything. Obviously you’d love to win the contest, but just being there for Eddie.

Q: Is shooting in the water at a big wave contest something other photographers can aspire to?

A: I think there are some things you can’t teach. Being in waves like that, I was swimming, but not only that. I’m trying to make sure my exposure is correct, my composition.

It’s not something you can just pick up. You kind of got it or you don’t. And that’s not being rude — not everyone can do this. It’s one thing to just swim out and it’s another to be able to use a camera, but are you going to be comfortable enough to compose a shot.

Maybe in the shore break it’s like shooting fish in a barrel, but when you have to swim and negotiate waves, it’s a whole other world.

Q: How has the photo landscape changed since you started taking pictures?

A: With more and more people wanting to do surf photography, it’s made me push in a direction of expanding it and getting more creative. I’m going to new places I’ve never been, so I’m super excited. There’s always new possibilities to go and create.

Q: At this point in your career, what does it mean to be able to regularly spend time in Hawaii?

A: It’s home and I feel that it recharges and refreshes me. I look forward to coming back to Sandy’s. It’s where I come to reset myself before heading out again.

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Izik preps for international tour with 'Obsidian' release

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May 12th, 2016



COURTESY IZIKIsaac "Izik" Moreno's new album, "Obsidian," is available for purchase on iTunes and other online music stores.

COURTESY IZIK

Isaac "Izik" Moreno's new album, "Obsidian," is available for purchase on iTunes and other online music stores.

When Isaac Moreno started looking for music producers to help craft his solo debut album, the last place he thought he’d end up was in the studio of someone best known for his work with Hawaii-based island contemporary and reggae artists.

“I love all of that music, but I didn’t grow up listening to it, so I felt I would have been doing a disservice to that genre of music if I conformed to do that,” he said Tuesday before a small group of invited guests at The Study inside the Modern Honolulu. “It was really hard to find a studio that would let me do what I wanted to do.”

Moreno, who was born in Utah and raised on Oahu and Molokai, performs as Izik and said he got started with music as a means to get out of his service industry job waiting tables at a local restaurant. He got his first professional gig in 2012 and a year later won first place in the annual Mai Tai Rumble music competition at the Mai Tai Bar Ala Moana. By late 2014 he had started working on “Obsidian,” which was officially released on iTunes and other digital platforms this week.

But the album wouldn’t have been made without Zeo Music’s Imua Garza, the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist and producer who decided he wanted to be involved in the project after meeting with Moreno and his manager, Jenn “J-Roq” Wright, despite his track record of working with Jawaiian artists to create the type of sound they were trying to avoid.

“We visited Imua one day ... and right when we were getting up to leave, he said there was one other option and that I could sign to his record label and he would pretty much cover everything,” Moreno said. “I’m super, super, super, super grateful. This guy is super talented. I knew he was capable of doing other types of music, but I wasn’t really aware of how big his talent is.

“I came into the studio with these basic songs. Imua did everything but touch the lyrics, which means everything to me.”

For Garza, the opportunity to work with a talented voice like Moreno’s and create music he doesn’t normally get to work on was an intriguing proposition.

“I felt like these songs could go in a totally different direction and I said, ‘Let’s just do this because it’s your passion,’” he said. “Musically, I wanted to try something a little outside of the box. I wanted to try something more R&B, soul, pop.

“I’m glad to be on this musical journey and excited to see how this album does.”

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“Obsidian” features 11 original tracks written by Moreno; Garza arranged all the tracks and plays all the instruments heard on the album. During Tuesday’s listening party, Moreno shared insights into some of the tracks off the album. He talked about making the most out of situation on “Faraway Home,” and how “Midnight” turned a depressing subject into an “upbeat, uptempo pop kind of song.”

Moreno will only be in Honolulu for a few more days before heading to Australia and New Zealand for tour dates through the end of May. He’ll play from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. today and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Monkeypod Kitchen Ko Olina, and 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow with Ekona at the Modern Honolulu.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Blue Note settles into Waikiki digs

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May 11th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band performed at the new Blue Note Hawaii in January.

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New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band performed at the new Blue Note Hawaii in January.

Saturday marks five months since Blue Note Hawaii opened its doors at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, and owner Steve Bensusan couldn’t be more pleased with the way things are going.

“In terms of the local audience, we’ve exceeded our expectations by far,” he said. “Local response to the venue has been amazing. We were surprised we didn’t have as many problems as we thought we would have.”

Bensusan’s father, Danny Bensusan, opened the original Blue Note Jazz Club in 1981 in New York City after immigrating to the United States from Israel. Blue Note Entertainment currently operates two jazz clubs in Japan and another in Italy along with New York and Hawaii locations. The family-owned company also owns and operates New York’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the Highline Ballroom, Subrosa and Lucille’s Grill, as well as the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

More than $3.5 million was spent renovating the former Society of Seven Showroom at the Outrigger Waikiki, turning the 9,000-square-foot space into a 300-seat performance venue that Bensusan said visiting artists can’t wait to come back to.

“Many of the artists who have performed here so far, they either haven’t been here before or haven’t performed here in a very long time,” he said. “The idea they can do this every year is very appealing. I’ll get calls from managers on the first night of their gigs asking to book for (2017).”

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016The Rough Riders — Brother Noland, right, Willie K and John Cruz (not pictured) — performed at Blue Note Hawaii in April.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016

The Rough Riders — Brother Noland, right, Willie K and John Cruz (not pictured) — performed at Blue Note Hawaii in April.

The Wailers, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan have all drawn strong support from local fans, as have an increasing number of Hawaii artists signed to play both one-time and recurring gigs at the venue. Bensusan said the goal is not to turn Blue Note Hawaii into a “standing rock club,” but to feature a variety of musical genres in a market hungry for new entertainment options.

“We’ve been trying to balance between some of the older heritage reggae acts and some of the younger ones we book maybe not at the Blue Note, but at some of our other clubs,” he said. “Most of our local acts here now are on Monday nights, but we’re doing some local weekend runs. It gives the artists the ability to play a proper room, and that’s something they’re not used to.

“The plan was always to announce the national acts and then add the local ones. It took us some time to research the local acts and figure out who we could get to play there. We’ve got a local talent buyer now and she’s doing a good job finding local acts for the room.”

Upcoming local artists scheduled to perform at Blue Note Hawaii include:

» May 23: Melveen Leed
» May 24, 25 and 28: Kalei Gamiao (opening for Andy McKee)
» May 26, 27 and 29: Taimane Gardner (opening for Andy McKee)
» May 30: Honolulu Jazz Quartet featuring John Kolivas
» June 6: Adagio
» June 21 and July 5: Willie K
» June 22: Paula Fuga
» June 29-30 and July 1: Jake Shimabukuro
» July 18: Kuana Torres Kahele

“You’re going to see more reggae, more R&B, maybe a little less heavy on the straight-ahead jazz, at least until we build the tourist market a little bit more,” Bensusan said. “I think it’s important to continue the diversity of the room. We’re even going a step further and getting into some classic rock.”

The easiest way to keep up with concert announcements is to keep checking Blue Note Hawaii’s website, he added. All seats are first-come-first-served, but management has quietly adjusted door times to minimize lines outside the club and give the kitchen staff an opportunity to serve customers more efficiently before showtime.

What we’ve been doing, especially for the bigger shows, is opening the doors even earlier,” Bensusan said. “That’s been working well to take the crunch off the bar and kitchen. We’ll open a half-hour earlier than published sometimes. It all depends on the lines.”

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Maui Brewing hosts Oahu tap takeover at Pint + Jigger

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May 11th, 2016



COURTESY MAUI BREWERS FESTIVAL The annual Maui Brewers Festival returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center this weekend.

COURTESY MAUI BREWERS FESTIVAL

The annual Maui Brewers Festival returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center this weekend.

Still kicking yourself over not being able to make it to Maui this weekend for the eighth annual Maui Brewers Festival? Oahu residents can get in on some of the fun on Sunday thanks to Maui Brewing Co. and Pint + Jigger — albeit on a much, much smaller scale.

Saturday’s Maui Brewers Festival takes place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, with 40 breweries and 26 restaurants signed up to participate.

Local breweries scheduled to pour their beers this weekend include:

» Big Island Brewhaus
» Hawai’i Nui Brewing Co.
» Mehana Brewing Co.
» Honolulu Beer Works
» Kauai Beer Co.
» Kauai Island Brewing Co.
» Kohola Brewery
» Kona Brewing Co.
» Lanikai Brewing Co.
» Maui Brewing Co.
» Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co.

Along with the food and drink, the festival will feature live music by Brad Kahikina, Riddum Station and Erin Smith. Tickets are $75 at the door; call (808) 242-7469 or visit mauiarts.org/maui_brew_fest.

Here in Honolulu, head over to Pint + Jigger on Sunday for a Maui Brewing “Tap Attack” featuring eight different craft beers — including a few varieties not typically available on Oahu.

The really special keg you’ll want to get a taste of is one they’re calling HiKy Porter — an imperial porter aged in five used Knob Creek bourbon whiskey barrels. At 10.8 percent alcohol by volume, this is one brew that should definitely be enjoyed in moderation.

Other Maui Brewing beers making it over to Oahu for the takeover include:

» Big Swell (IPA)
» Bikini Blonde (Blonde Ale)
» Double Overhead (Imperial IPA)
» Haleakala Sunryes (Rye IPA)
» Pau Hana Pilsner (Czech-Style Pilsner)
» Pueo (American Pale Ale)
» Wild Hog (Nitro Stout)

Pint + Jigger is located at 1936 S. King St. and will open at 8 a.m. Sunday for brunch service. Call 744-9593.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Kamaka Ukulele celebrates 100th with Reyn Spooner collaboration

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May 6th, 2016



PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMFrom left: Chris Kamaka, Sam Kamaka, Fred Kamaka Sr., Fred Kamaka Jr. and Casey Kamaka pose for a picture during a VIP reception at Reyn Spooner's downtown store on Wednesday.

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From left: Chris Kamaka, Sam Kamaka, Fred Kamaka Sr., Fred Kamaka Jr. and Casey Kamaka pose for a picture during a VIP reception at Reyn Spooner's downtown store on Wednesday.

Kamaka Ukulele continued its centennial celebration this week with the debut of two new aloha shirt designs released in collaboration with Reyn Spooner.

Second-generation owners Sam Kamaka and Fred Kamaka, Sr. were on hand at Reyn’s downtown storefront on Wednesday to enjoy pupu from Tiki’s Grill and Bar and cocktails by mixologist Joey Gottesman. Third generation owners Chris Kamaka, Casey Kamaka and Fred Kamaka, Jr. were also part of the celebration.

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“Our collaboration with Kamaka is something really special,” said Reyn Spooner president Kirk Hubbard. “We’re really happy we could support their 100th year anniversary. It was a lot of fun sharing in their celebration.”

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Fred Kamaka, Jr. serves as business manager for his family’s company and spoke on their behalf.

“This is a wonderful milestone year for us, but it’s not just a celebration of the business and it’s not just a celebration of the family, but it’s a celebration of the ukulele as an instrument,” he said. “We couldn’t have lasted this long without the support of the people of Hawaii who have kept us going all these years.”

The 100th anniversary aloha shirts come in two designs. The Kamaka Ukulele 100 Years is offered in red, navy and charcoal and made from Spooner Kloth in Reyn’s classic relaxed fit.

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The Kamaka Ukulele Contour design is offered in Reyn’s Modern fit and made from Tahitian cotton; colors available are black, blue and maroon.

Both designs retail for about $100 and are available for purchase online at reynspooner.com.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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