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10 places to drink a mai tai in Honolulu

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August 5th, 2016



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Now in its eighth year, the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii island has evolved into a showcase of what talented mixologists can create when given time to elevate a classic cocktail recipe.

Last year’s winning bartender, Justin Park of Bar Leather Apron in Honolulu, took home a $10,000 check after presenting his mai tai in a custom tiki-style display box that included a puff of kiawe wood smoke as it was opened.

“I took elements of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic for my version,” Park said, in reference to the two bartenders credited with originally developing the cocktail some 75 years ago. “This contest brings a better understanding of what the mai tai can be. It’s not just pineapple juice and high-fructose corn syrup.”

The 2016 Mai Tai Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Aug. 13 with a Battle of the BBQ, featuring a number of Hawaii island chefs competing for top honors as well as a People’s Choice award. At 2 p.m. Henry Kapono returns to the festival for a free poolside concert before the mai tai competition kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Admission to the festival is free; the Royal Kona Resort is at 75-5852 Alii Drive. Call 329-3111 or visit donsmaitaifest.com for more information.

Can’t make it to Kona next weekend? You don’t have to leave Oahu to try some of the best mai tais Hawaii has to offer. Here are my top 10 places to go for a mai tai.

1. Bar Leather Apron
745 Fort St., #127A
(808) 524-0808

Owner Justin Park's version of the World's Best Mai Tai ($16) is a multi-dimensional adventure for your palate. Between the raisin-infused rum and housemade orgeat syrup, you'll spend the first half of the drink happily trying to decipher all the different tastes dancing across your tongue.

2. Bevy
661 Auahi St.
(808) 594-7445

It’s a testament to how good Bevy owner Christian Self’s recipe is when a cocktail he created six years ago is still one of the most requested by customers. The drink named World’s Best Mai Tai in 2010 is served the exact same way today, with a mix of Bacardi rum, orange curacao, falernum, lemongrass syrup and fresh lime juice topped with a candied ginger foam.

3. Mai Tai Bar
The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Ave.
(808) 923-7311

The best place for a history lesson to go with your cocktails is the hotel where Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron was commissioned to create a mai tai especially for its guests. The Royal Scratch Mai Tai ($12) is still served the same way it was originally conceived nearly 65 years ago, with fresh pineapple and orange juice added to the original recipe’s rum, orange curacao and orgeat. But I’m also a fan of the Vic’s 44 ($12), which adds fresh lime and mint to cut some of the sweetness from the juice and give it more tartness.

4. House Without a Key
Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Rd.
(808) 923-2311

I love that the House Without a Key serves its Mai Tai ($14) over crushed ice, since the bartenders here showcase the mix of light and dark Bacardi rums and lime to the point where you’re not entirely sure there’s pineapple juice in your glass. And not only are the mai tais pretty at the Halekulani; drinking a few at House Without a Key provides some of the best oceanfront views in Waikiki.

5. Haleiwa Beach House
62-540 Kamehameha Hwy.
(808) 637-3435

The Ku’ula-Kai Mai Tai ($13) made its debut at Haleiwa Beach House just a few months ago when the restaurant opened in Haleiwa. Utilizing light and dark Old Lahaina Rum as its base along with fresh pineapple and orange juice, this version of the classic cocktail substitutes dry curacao for the traditional orange curacao and gains a lot of almond flavor from the Taylor’s Velvet Falernum Orgeat used in the drink.

6. Mai Tai Bar Ala Moana
Ala Moana Center
(808) 947-2900

I’ve got a soft spot for the Mai Tai Bar Ala Moana’s Icy Mai Tai ($8). Be sure to ask for a dark rum float, and if you feel like living on the edge, order a can of Red Bull to go with it. I’ll stir in the rum, take a few sips to create extra space in the glass, then refill with Red Bull, sip and repeat. The energy drink makes it a little less icy — which helps prevent brain freeze! — and provides a little extra kick from all the caffeine.

7. Monkeypod Kitchen Ko Olina
92-1048 Olani St.
(808) 380-4086

It’s worth a trip to Ko Olina for a Monkeypod Mai Tai ($13), which includes a special housemade macadamia nut orgeat syrup and honey-lilikoi foam. This one looks beautiful in the glass when the bartender presents it — and tastes even better once you stir in the foam.

8. BLT Market
383 Kalaimoku St.
(808) 729-9729

The Market Mai Tai ($16) utilizes guava juice to give it a little twist on the original, but it’s still got plenty of kick. Ask your bartender for a plastic cup and you can even take your drink out by the pool deck to enjoy the view looking towards Kalakaua Avenue and Waikiki Beach.

9. Tommy Bahama Waikiki
298 Beach Walk
(808) 923-8785

Get to Tommy Bahama Waikiki during happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. daily and you’ll pay just $7 instead of $12.50 for the house mai tai, made with four-year-old Flor de Cana rum and housemade sour. The bartenders here follow the classic recipe, and at happy hour prices you can afford to kick back a bit longer and enjoy the view from Tommy Bahama’s rooftop lounge.

10. Chart House Honolulu
1765 Ala Moana Blvd.
(808) 941-6669

The Guy Tai, named after longtime head bartender Guy Maynard, attracts repeat customers from around the world — and rightfully so. Maynard uses housemade sweet and sour with healthy pours of Bacardi Gold and Myers rum, gives it a light shake and serves the drink over crushed ice. Be careful… this one packs a punch!
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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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Palate Craft & Eatery opens in Chinatown this weekend

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July 27th, 2016



JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMPalate Craft & Eatery is located in the former Sol de Cuba location across from Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown.

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The view of Bethel St. from inside Palate Craft & Eatery, located across from the historic Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown.

There will be a new place in Chinatown for craft beer and cocktails starting this weekend, thanks to the efforts of three veteran Honolulu bar owners.

Troy Terorotua and Lisa Kim, co-owners of Real a Gastropub and Brew’d Craft Pub, have partnered with Pat Kashani to open Palate Craft & Eatery in the former Soul de Cuba space on Bethel St. Kashani, who operated Tropics Cafe Bar and Lounge at the Ward Farmers Market where Real now sits, currently owns Tropics Taphouse at Puck’s Alley and Tropics Ale House on Hawaii island.

Palate will feature 16 taps serving a rotating lineup of craft beer and hard cider. In addition, three types of wine and ready-to-drink Moscow Mule cocktails will be available on tap; opening weekend wines include Angeline Sauvignon Blanc, Coppola Director’s Chardonnay and Diseno Malbec.

Here’s the current beer lineup as of Wednesday; keep up with the latest changes by visiting Palate’s website or Facebook page.

» Alpine Beer Co. Hoppy Birthday Session IPA
» Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
» Ballast Point Sextant (Nitro) Oatmeal Stout
» Ballast Point Victory at Sea Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter
» Big Island Brewhaus Golden Sabbath Blonde Ale
» Brasserie Dupont Deux Amis Saison / Farmhouse Ale
» Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet Belgian Tripel
» Deschutes Brewery Armory XPA Pale Ale
» Charles Wells Brewery Banana Bread Beer
» Elysian Brewing Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale
» Gigantic Brewing Co. Kiss the Goat Doppelbock
» Green Flash Brewing Co. Sea to Sea Kellerbier
» Knee Deep Brewing Co. Stoutella Milk Stout
» Kona Brewing Company Makana Wela Smoked Beer
» Lagunitas Brewing Co. Hop Stoopid IPA
» New Belgium Brewing Co. Fat Tire Red Ale

Beverage director Nicolas Carter, who arrives at Palate by way of award-winning mixologist Christian Self’s Bevy in Kakaako, also shared a taste of housemade pineapple soda made with fresh fruit, star anise and vanilla when this reporter stopped by unannounced on Tuesday. The soda is exclusive to the restaurant; Carter needs to come up with a cocktail that uses the stuff, and soon — it’s that good.

According to Terorotua, Palate’s kitchen will be under the direction of chef Jamal Lahiani and feature a lineup of elevated bar fare at night starting this weekend, with a variety of lunch items expected to be available in the coming weeks. Following a “friends and family” soft opening tonight, Palate will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Wednesdays and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Palate Craft & Eatery is located at 1121 Bethel St. Call (808) 524-2337. Follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram.
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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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Cherry Blossom Festival seeks applicants for annual pageant

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July 22nd, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016Alexis Sayuri Okihara was crowned queen of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival on March 26. Applications to participate in next year's pageant must be postmarked by Aug. 1.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016

Alexis Sayuri Okihara was crowned queen of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival on March 26. Applications to participate in next year's pageant must be postmarked by Aug. 1.


Time is running out for Hawaii residents with at least 50 percent Japanese ancestry to submit an application for the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival.

For the first time, ladies who are 27 or 28 years old may apply; the age limit had previously been 26 years old.

According to festival organizers, Cherry Blossom Queen contestants are selected “for their dedication to perpetuating Japanese culture, commitment to education and passion for community service. Over the course of several months, those selected to compete in the festival pageant take part in cultural activities like taiko drumming, traditional Japanese tea ceremony, bon dance and calligraphy.

Next year’s Cherry Blossom Festival queen will be selected in March during the festival’s annual gala event and coronation ceremony.

For consideration, applicants must complete a registration form, provide relevant documentation and pay a $30 application fee. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 1.

Download an application online at www.cbfhawaii.com; email cbfhawaii.contestantsearch@gmail.com for more information.
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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 places to celebrate National Tequila Day on Oahu

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July 21st, 2016



COURTESY ESQUARED HOSPITALITYThe Karma Cherry Margarita makes its debut Sunday at BLT Steak Waikiki.

COURTESY ESQUARED HOSPITALITY

The Karma Cherry Margarita makes its debut Sunday at BLT Steak Waikiki.

Looking to start an argument with your friends? Ask them where to find the best Mexican food in Hawaii.

Some people think it’s impossible for authentic Mexican flavors to successfully make it thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to restaurant kitchens here. Others — myself included — believe you just need to know where to look.

Good thing tequila tastes the same no matter where you serve it. With National Tequila Day coming up on Sunday, here are some places to visit and enjoy a cocktail made with the liquor... or maybe a few shots with some salt and lime!

BLT STEAK WAIKIKI

Head to Waikiki on Sunday for your first chance to try BLT Steak’s newest cocktail, created exclusively for National Tequila Day. The restaurant is partnering with Karma Tequila, which is owned by local big wave surfer Reef Mcintosh, to offer the Karma Cherry Margarita ($16) made with the brand’s silver tequila, Luxardo cherry juice and fresh lime. The drink will be available at the restaurant through September.

BLT Steak is located in the Trump International Hotel Waikiki, 223 Saratoga Rd. The restaurant’s bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Sunday; call (808) 683-7440 for dinner reservations.

BUHO CANTINA

A few blocks away from BLT Steak at Buho Cantina, tequila fans have the option of choosing cocktails made with brands like Avion, Cabo Wabo, Casamigos, Cazadores, Milagros, Olmeca Altos and Patron. You can’t go wrong with a margarita, but consider a Spiced Strawberry ($12) made with fresh strawberry or a Smoking Cadillac ($12) with chili pepper-infused tequila and guava puree.

Buho is on the rooftop of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2250 Kalakaua Ave., and opens at 11 a.m. Sunday. Call (808) 922-2846.

MEXICO CANTINA

With three Oahu locations — 1247 N. School St. in Kalihi, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. on the second floor of Ward Centre and 600 Kailua Rd. in Kailua — Mexico Cantina offers one of the largest margarita menus on Oahu, serving up more than a dozen varieties of the drink. My guilty pleasure is the Li Hing Mui Margarita ($10), but you’re sure to find your own favorite among the different options available.

Both the Kalihi and Kailua locations open at 10 a.m. Sunday; the Ward Centre restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Head to the Kalihi restaurant for happy hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, or check out the Kailua restaurant from 3 to 5 p.m. and Ward Centre from 3 to 6 p.m. for drink specials at those locations.
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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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Oahu Patagonia stores host 'Unbroken Ground' screening

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July 20th, 2016



COURTESY PATAGONIA PROVISIONSFollowing a centuries-old practice of Native American tribes, Lummi Island Wild Fishery crew members scout for wild Pacific salmon off the coast of Washington State. There are currently 11 reef net license-holders in the world, all operating in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest.

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Following a centuries-old practice of Native American tribes, Lummi Island Wild Fishery crew members scout for wild Pacific salmon off the coast of Washington State. There are currently 11 reef net license-holders in the world, all operating in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest.

As awareness grows in regards to the connection between Earth’s food supply and the negative effects of climate change, national retailer Patagonia has partnered with filmmaker Chris Malloy to share the stories of groups leading the charge in developing more sustainable production methods.

“Unbroken Ground” explores advancements in regenerative agriculture, restorative grazing, new crop development and selective-harvest fishing. The 25-minute film underscores the core beliefs of Patagonia’s new food line, Patagonia Provisions, in that “food can and should be grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore the land, water, wildlife and human health,” according to news release sent by the company.

Oahu residents will have two opportunities to view the film; both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with Malloy, Patagonia Provisions director Birgit Cameron and local Patagonia brand ambassador and waterwoman Kimi Werner. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.

The first screening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 30 at Patagonia Haleiwa, 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy. Call (808) 637-1245. A second screening will take place at 6 p.m. July 31 at Patagonia Honolulu, 940 Auahi St. Call (808) 593-7502.

Can’t make the screenings? Check out “Unbroken Ground” in its entirety online at PatagoniaProvisions.com and Patagonia.com starting Aug. 1.
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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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Travel packages offered for Molokai Humane Society benefit concert

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July 12th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Anuhea and the Mobettah Band will headline the Molokai Humane Society's Wings for Wishes fundraiser on Friday.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Anuhea and the Mobettah Band will headline the Molokai Humane Society's Wings for Wishes fundraiser on Friday.

Mokulele Airlines and the Hotel Molokai have teamed up on a special offer for those who want to support the Molokai Humane Society and catch a concert by Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist Anuhea in the process.

Ever since the Molokai Humane Society was founded in 1981, the nonprofit has worked to be self-supporting, counting on the generosity of donors and volunteer help to stay in operation. Since 2007, the organization has operated a makeshift clinic out of two repurposed shipping containers near Hoolehua Airport. With no full-time veternarian living on Molokai, pets in need must wait for one to fly in from a neighbor island for care.

To help raise funds for spay/neutering services and medical care, the Molokai Humane Society will welcome Anuhea and the Mobettah Band as the headline act during Wings for Wishes, a benefit concert at the Paddlers Inn, 10 S. Mohala St. in Kaunakakai at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the event are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; $60 VIP tickets, which include prime seating, an autographed poster and a meet-and-greet session with Anuhea.

But in order to attend the concert, you have to get to Molokai — and that’s where Mokulele and the Hotel Molokai come in. Call (808) 495-4188 to reserve an all-inclusive vacation package that includes round trip tickets for two aboard Mokulele, a one-night stay at the Hotel Molokai and a rental car, starting at $349 per couple.

Still can’t make it? You don’t have to attend Wings for Wishes to help support the Molokai Humane Society. Click here to donate 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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Longhi's, Merriman's, Vino make Wine Spectator list

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July 8th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015Vino was one of the Hawaii restaurants honored by Wine Spectator magazine this year. The restaurant reopened in its current location in 2015.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015

Vino was one of the Hawaii restaurants honored by Wine Spectator magazine this year. The restaurant reopened in its current location in 2015.

Wine Spectator released its 2016 Restaurant Awards this week, highlighting the best places to visit for a glass of wine in all 50 states and 72 countries around the world.

Restaurants are recognized with one of three awards: the Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award. In 2016, there were 3,595 restaurants recognized; 1,093 were presented with the Best of Award of Excellence, with just 88 establishments earning a Grand Award.

According to Wine Spectator, honored restaurants must offer wine lists that feature a “well-chosen assortment” of selections with a “thematic match to the menu in both price and style.” Best of Award of Excellence recipients provide “more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.”

No Hawaii restaurant earned a Grand Award in 2016, which recognizes “the world’s best wine programs” and includes independent inspections of each winning restaurant’s wine program, wine cellar, customer service, ambience and cuisine. Multiple restaurants received the Best of Award of Excellence designation, including Il Lupino, La Mer and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse on Oahu and Maui’s Lahaina Grill, Longhi’s Lahaina and Wailea, Merriman’s Kapalua and Nick’s Fishmarket.

To make things easier for mobile users and those traveling to new cities, this year Wine Spectator launched a free Restaurant Awards app and dedicated website with a complete list of winners. The list will also be available in Wine Spectator’s August issue, which is due to hit store shelves July 19.

WINE SPECTATOR 2016 RESTAURANT AWARDS

Hawaii Island
» The Fish Hopper, Kailua-Kona
» Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill, Kailua-Kona
» Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, Kohala
» Merriman’s Restaurant, Waimea
» Ray’s on the Bay, Kailua-Kona

Kauai
» Beach House Restaurant, Koloa
» Gaylord’s, Lihue
» Merriman’s Fish House, Koloa

Maui
» Fleetwood’s on Front St., Lahaina
» Gannon’s, Wailea
» Gerard’s, Lahaina
» Hali’imaile General Store, Makawao
» Honu Seafood & Pizza, Lahaina
» Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Kihei
» Lahaina Grill, Lahaina
» Longhi’s Lahaina, Lahaina
» Longhi’s Wailea, Wailea
» Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina
» Merriman’s Kapalua, Kapalua
» Morimoto Maui, Wailea
» Nick’s Fishmarket, Wailea
» Pacific’o, Lahaina
» Pulehu, Lahaina
» Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Lahaina

Oahu
» Beachhouse at the Moana, Waikiki
» BLT Steak, Waikiki
» Chart House Waikiki, Waikiki
» D.K. Steak House, Waikiki
» Fresco Italian Restaurant, Waikiki
» Hoku’s, Kahala
» Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar, Waikiki
» La Mer, Waikiki
» Morton’s, Ala Moana
» Teppanyaki Ginza Onodera, McCully
» Vino, Kakaako
» Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Waikiki
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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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3660 hosts casting call for 'Bachelor,' 'Bachelorette'

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July 7th, 2016



COURTESY ABCProducers from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" will be in town later this month to search for potential stars of the ABC reality shows.

COURTESY ABC

Producers from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" will be in town later this month to search for potential stars of the ABC reality shows.

Hawaii residents looking for true love — and who are willing to get in front of television cameras to search for it — are invited to take part in a casting call for two ABC reality shows on July 28.

Local ABC affiliate KITV and radio station 102.7 Da Bomb will host a public search from 4 to 8 p.m. July 28 at 3660 on the Rise in Kaimuki in hopes of finding the next stars of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”

According to the network, each of the shows features “one lucky man or one lucky woman (who) is given the opportunity to find their soulmate among a pool of candidates.” Producers will look for the “enthusiasm, playfulness, sparkle and passion” necessary to be the center of attention and become “America’s next leading lady or leading man.”

“The Bachelor” first aired on ABC in 2002 and is hosted by Chris Harrison. No word if he’ll be in town for the casting call, but it’s unlikely.
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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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The Green headlines second annual Greenroom Festival

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July 3rd, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013The Green perform at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Aloha Bash in 2013.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013

The Green perform at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Aloha Bash in 2013.

Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning reggae group The Green will headline the second annual Greenroom Festival on Sept. 10 at the Waikiki Shell, promoter Tom Moffatt announced.

The Hawaii festival is similar to a Japan-based event with the same named held in Yokohama and supports beach conservation and ocean awareness in the islands. Eco-friendly aspects include recyclable and reusable products along with featured artists and artisans who "strive to preserve our environment for future generations."

The Green will be joined by popular '90s reggae band Big Mountain, Japanese reggae duo Def Tech and Japan-based improv jazz/rock band Special Others.

Along with the music, the Greenroom Festival will feature a Beach Market with local vendors, yoga presentations and more from 3 to 10 p.m. The family-friendly event is open to all ages; tickets are $30 general admission, free for keiki 12 and under. Call (800) 745-3000 or buy online at ticketmaster.com.

The Green are on a brief tour hiatus after spending time in California last month in support of their new single, "Mama Roots" featuring J. Boog. The band reportedly completed recording of a new full-length album in Hawaii earlier this year.
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Red Bull seeks teams for third annual Party Wave surf contest

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July 1st, 2016



BRUCE ASATO / 2015 The Gnarl Mania team — Felipe Carvalho as the ring girl, Giacomo Giorli as the referee, Mike Durell as the Ultimate Warrior, Brian Neilson as Nacho Libre, Nick Hunsinger as Hulk Hogan and Benjamin Griffin as Macho Man — acknowledge their fans as they return to shore aboard their wrestling ring themed watercraft at the 2015 Red Bull Party Wave surfing competition.

BRUCE ASATO / 2015

The Gnarl Mania team — Felipe Carvalho as the ring girl, Giacomo Giorli as the referee, Mike Durell as the Ultimate Warrior, Brian Neilson as Nacho Libre, Nick Hunsinger as Hulk Hogan and Benjamin Griffin as Macho Man — acknowledge their fans as they return to shore aboard their wrestling ring themed watercraft at the 2015 Red Bull Party Wave surfing competition.

Applications are currently being accepted for the third annual Red Bull Party Wave, set for Aug. 28 at Queens Beach in Waikiki.

The first 20 “quality team applications” will be accepted by organizers of the event, which requires participants to dress in themed costumes and perform skits on the beach before heading into the water to surf as a team. This year’s competition will also serve as the final event of the annual Duke’s OceanFest, a weeklong festival held in honor of legendary Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku.

According to the official Party Wave rules, teams must build their own watercraft with a creative theme within the designated time period. Each craft must be entirely self-powered, although team members can use paddles; no sails or motorized elements allowed. All materials used must float and be environmentally friendly.

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COURTESY RED BULL

In addition, all team must have a minimum of three members at least 16 years old and everyone must take part in paddling out and simultaneously surfing at least one wave. Teams will be judged on craft creativity, team showmanship/costume quality and surf performance.

To sign up for this year’s competition, visit redbull.com/partywave.
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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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