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Review: Love Fest goes back to ‘Phuture’ in Kakaako

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July 22nd, 2012



<em>Thousands were at Kakaako Waterfront Park for the Love Festival on Saturday, July 21. This is the 14th year the party has taken place in Hawaii, but the first it's been staged in Kakaako. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)</em>

Thousands were at Kakaako Waterfront Park for the Love Festival on Saturday, July 21. This is the 14th year the party has taken place in Hawaii, but the first it's been staged in Kakaako. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

REVIEW BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

The "Phuture" returned to Kakaako Waterfront Park this weekend.

At the start of the millennium, promoter Greg Dehnert — known better internationally as DJ G-Spot — partnered with the BBC on "Phuture 2000," a once-in-a-lifetime party that featured DJ Carl Cox and a live radio and Internet broadcast that brought New Year's Eve in Hawaii to homes around the world. (Click here to watch a video documentary about Cox that includes footage from the party.)

More than a decade after "Phuture 2000" and 14 years after he and partner DJ Reza staged the first Love Festival Hawaii in a Kalihi warehouse, Dehnert and his promotional partners returned to Kakaako on Saturday, July 21, to produce what has become a global event that draws attendees from the continental U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

<em>The Love Festival's "Party for the People" stage attracted the biggest crowd. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)</em>

The Love Festival's "Party for the People" stage attracted the biggest crowd. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Kakaako Waterfront Park is the fifth venue to host the Love Festival in Hawaii (DJ Reza also produces an annual Love Festival in Los Angeles, which has taken place for nearly 20 years). Starting out small, the party eventually settled into what used to be known as Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park and later became Wet 'N' Wild Hawaii. A number of issues, however, forced Dehnert and his partners Reza and Hawaii-based promoter Rick Rock to consider finally making the move from Kapolei into town.

Thank goodness they did — the new and improved Love Fest is everything electronic dance music fans could want, and much more. With six stages spread across nearly all of Kakaako Waterfront Park's 30 acres of space, it took nearly an hour to make the rounds upon first arriving on Saturday.

Two stages — the "Party for the People" stage at Kakaako Waterfront Park Amphitheatre and the "Saturday Night Sessions" stage erected on the Diamond Head side of the park, closer to the Children's Discovery Center — were the jewels in this year's Love Fest crown. While the "Party for the People" stage enjoyed the better lighting and video setup, both stages were equipped with serious sound systems.

<em>The Tribal Hawaii stage area at Love Fest. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)</em>

The Tribal Hawaii stage area at Love Fest. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Even the smaller stages set up in the park's pavilion areas — hosted by Tribal Hawaii, Rick Rock and local radio station 102.7 Da Bomb — featured respectable sound and lighting. None of these areas were afterthoughts, except for maybe the KTUH "stage," which was more like a tent that never seemed to have more than a handful of people just milling around.

Separate bar setups for those 21-and-over were located near each of the five major party areas, and between the park's normal bathrooms and the rows upon rows of portable toilets brought in as well, there was never much of a wait to use the facilities. Multiple portable ATM machines were also set up throughout the park, and there were a surprising amount of food options at very affordable prices.

ONCE I GOT my lay of the land, so to speak, it was pretty easy to navigate my way around Love Fest. The "Party for the People" stage consistently drew the biggest crowd, although there was more than enough space on the 21-and-over side to sprawl out on the grass — or just dance on the sidewalk.

It was a little less crowded at the "Saturday Night Sessions" stage, but attractions like a bounce house, bull ride, surfing simulator and inflatable spheres in a pool (you've got to see it to believe it) gave people more options besides dancing or standing around with a drink. And once you walked all the way to the water's edge, the three stages set up in the park's pavilion areas resulted in the type of beach parties regular folks could only wish to host without getting shut down by the police. Monster sound and lighting, a full bar and half-dressed people shaking it like crazy? Hooray, Love Fest!

<em>Love Fest attendees crowd near the "Party for the People" stage. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)</em>

Love Fest attendees crowd near the "Party for the People" stage. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Now that it's in town, the Love Festival can only build upon its dominance as the best outdoor festival experience in Hawaii. Just as KCCN FM-100's annual "Birthday Bash" was the party thousands of people looked forward to every year in the 1990's and 2000's, Love Fest has become the yearly event people in their 20's and 30's plan to attend with all their friends. It's like Halloween in Waikiki — except all the girls seem to only want to dress up as go-go dancers or stuffed animals. (A panda hat, tutu and furry boots? Really?)

But it's that spectacle — plus the world-class DJ talent that Dehnert and his parters continue to bring out here year after year — that puts Love Fest on the map both nationally and internationally. With a lineup this year that included headliners MSTRKRFT and DJ Switch with DJs Mimosa and Junior Sanchez on the decks alongside DJs Reza and G-Spot, there was no question the music would be on point yet again. The only question I had was, where do they go from here?

According to Dehnert, the goal of Love Fest is to help put Hawaii on the level of international party destinations like Ibiza, which draws tens of thousands of tourists every year for its three-month summer party season.

<em>Miko Franconi, also known as DJ SOUNDSEX, at work during Love Fest on the "Saturday Night Sessions" stage. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)</em>

Miko Franconi, also known as DJ SOUNDSEX, at work during Love Fest on the "Saturday Night Sessions" stage. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

"It's still possible" to elevate Hawaii to that level, Dehnert said in a video interview produced for this year's Love Fest. "What I think would be great for Hawaii is to lock down a week … once it starts getting colder elsewhere in the world. That can happen. I would more say have it pop off for one glorious weekend, or one four-day weekend, is more realistic than a three-month season.

"A lot of us have colleagues and friends in major cities, (so) it can be done. Will it get done? Yeah, before I die."

With that kind of attitude, it's exciting to think of the possibilities for the Love Festival in Hawaii during the years to come.

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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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More summer shows announced

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May 15th, 2012



<em>The Gym Class Heroes will headline a concert at The Republik on Aug. 24. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18. (Courtesy photo)</em>

The Gym Class Heroes will headline a concert at The Republik on Aug. 24. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18. (Courtesy photo)

A number of local promoters are gearing up for the summer concert season, as evidenced by a flurry of show announcements this week.

First up is comedian Mike Epps' return to Hawaii for shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on June 29 and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on June 30. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and are being promoted by Tom Moffatt.

<em>Mike Epps returns to Hawaii in June for two performances on Oahu and Maui. (Courtesy photo)</em>

Mike Epps returns to Hawaii in June for two performances on Oahu and Maui. (Courtesy photo)

Tickets for the Oahu show are $45, $55 and $65, and will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Maui date adds an additional $25 ticket option, with tickets available to the public by phone at 808-242-7469 and online at www.mauiarts.org starting Saturday, May 26.

As Epps makes his way from Oahu to Maui, rapper DMX will arrive on Oahu the same weekend for his Hawaii concert debut on June 30 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Mainland-based promoters appear to be working with local radio station Power 104.3 to execute this event, with tickets going on sale to the public on Saturday, May 19, at www.ticketmaster.com.

The next big weekend to mark on your calendar is Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, as the Gym Class Heroes and Musiq Soulchild fly into town for a pair of shows.

The Gym Class Heroes will headline at The Republik, BAMP Project's new event venue located in the former O Lounge space on Kapiolani Blvd. that is set to open next month. The group continues to ride a wave of success from their monster 2011 hit, "Stereo Hearts," which has sold more than 3,000,000 copies since its release.

Tickets for the Friday, Aug. 24 concert go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Friday, May 18 (fan club members can purchase pre-sale tickets now), priced at $31 general admission and $65 VIP (plus fees; prices go up $5 on the day of show). Tickets are available at all Local Motion stores, the UH-Manoa Campus Center, all military ITT and MWR offices, or online at www.groovetickets.com or www.bampproject.com.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, DIGS Hawaii, Architechs Hawaii and Tantriq Entertainment present "Soul Sessions, Volume 2: Laugh Now, Cry Later" with sets by R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild and stand-up comedian Donnell Rawlings. Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 25, at the Blaisdell Box Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com, although prices have yet to be announced.

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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.

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Tickets for final ‘Birthday Bash’ on sale

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May 10th, 2012



Kapena performs at the Waikiki Shell during the 2011 "Birthday Bash." (Star-Advertiser File)

Kapena performs at the Waikiki Shell during the 2011 "Birthday Bash." (Star-Advertiser File)

After more than two decades of birthday parties at the Waikiki Shell, local radio station KCCN-FM announced this year's 22nd annual "KCCN FM-100 Birthday Bash" will be the last.

Tickets for the July 28 concert go on sale Saturday, May 12, at the Blaisdell Box Office, with the first 1,000 terrace seats available for just $19 (regular price $29) and lawn seats on sale for $38. VIP packages will also be available.

According to KCCN program director Wayne Maria, the decision to say goodbye to the annual summertime event was part of a "restructuring" at the station. Longtime "Bash" co-producer Events International informed KCCN earlier this year that they wouldn't be available to work on the concert, but the station still wanted to host a proper sendoff for longtime fans. Promoter Ray Ho, Jr. has since agreed to help produce this year's final show.

"It's bittersweet," admitted KCCN promotions director Shannon Scott. "I went to the first 'Birthday Bash,' and then I've been a part of it since the fourth one.

"It's exciting to see what we got in store, but it's still hard."

Island music fans enjoy the music at the Waikiki Shell during the 2011 "Birthday Bash." (Star-Advertiser File)

Island music fans enjoy the music at the Waikiki Shell during the 2011 "Birthday Bash." (Star-Advertiser File)

Ever since the first "Bash" in 1990, the concert has been the must-attend event of the summer for island music and reggae fans. After selling out year after year, the station decided in 2000 to expand the party to two nights at the Waikiki Shell, with different lineups each night to appeal to both younger and older fans.

This year, however, there will be only one show. And even though tickets go on sale this weekend, the concert's lineup won't be announced until June 4. Both Maria and Scott said they wouldn't be surprised if the final "Bash" sells out before the station even gets a chance to share that info with fans.

"I think this is going to be THE concert of the summer," said Maria. "Everyone will be asking if you went to the very last 'Birthday Bash.' You don't want to be that guy who didn't go."

While he wouldn't disclose details, Maria promised the station would continue to host concerts — both during the summer and throughout the rest of the year — and that the decision to bid aloha to the "Bash" wouldn't diminish KCCN's presence in the local music scene.

"Yes, it's the last 'Birthday Bash,'" he said. "But does that mean KCCN will stop hosting concerts? No."

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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.

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iTunes offers free concert feed

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July 7th, 2011



Linkin Park performs in London on Monday, July 4 as part of the iTunes Festival 2011. (Courtesy photo)

Technology is a beautiful thing these days — especially for music fans. More and more of the big festivals are incorporating live feeds of performances as part of their online offerings, and more often than not they are absolutely free to watch.

The iTunes Festival 2011 is the latest to offer free access to images, video and other exclusive content from London. Available both as an iPhone/iPad application and directly via iTunes on your laptop/desktop, viewers can tap into 31 straight days of festival coverage. Did I mention it's free?

And not only can you watch live sets, but all the performances are recorded and archived so you can go back and see what you missed — or just watch it all over again! Artists like Paul Simon, Linkin Park and Adele have already played, but you will not have missed anything once you download the app.

Here's a complete list of upcoming performances through next Thursday; visit the festival's website for a complete schedule.

Adele performs in London during the iTunes Festival 2011 on Thursday, July 7. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, July 8

» Ed Sheeran, 9:15 a.m.

» Bruno Mars, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 9

» Evaline, 8:45 a.m.

» My Chemical Romance, 10 a.m.

Sunday, July 10

» Cat's Eyes, 8:45 a.m.

» Glasvegas, 10 a.m.

Monday, July 11

» Jimmy Eat World, 8:45 a.m.

» Foo Fighters, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, July 12

» Loick Essien, 8:45 a.m.

» The Script, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, July 13

» Alice Gold, 8:15 a.m.

» The Naked and Famous, 9:15 a.m.

» White Lies, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 14

» SBTRKT, 9:15 a.m.

» Friendly Fires, 10:30 a.m.

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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.

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Ho’onu’a not done performing yet

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May 5th, 2011



Photos by Jason Genegabus / jason@staradvertiser.com

Christian Yrizarry performs on stage at the Waikiki Shell during last month's "Mayjah Rayjah" concert. It was the second time since Sept. 2006 that Ho'onu'a had performed together.

One of the big highlights of last month's "Mayjah Rayjah" concert at the Waikiki Shell was the return of Ho'onu'a to the stage for the first time in nearly five years.

The duo, comprised of Christian Yrizarry and Jared Keo, met as students at the University of San Diego back in the mid-1990's. The two were football players in college, yet had time to kick back with musical instruments and kanikapila just like generations of college kids from Hawaii did before (and after) them.

Christian Yrizarry, left, and Jared Keo are Ho'onu'a. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jason Genegabus)

The difference between them and everyone else is that Yrizarry and Keo were able to parlay their hobby into an actual recording career. Ho'onu'a enjoyed a few years of success, releasing multiple albums and touring frequently up and down the west coast college luau circuit.

In 2006, however, the two decided to part ways, with Keo focusing more on his career as a financial consultant and Yrizarry opting to stick with music full-time. Yrizarry went on to form the group Beach 5, which he continues to front today.

Last month's "Mayjah Rayjah" concerts on the Big Island and Oahu was the first time the two had been back on stage in front of a crowd together in a while, but Keo said there wasn't too much to be worried about.

Keo and Yrizarry on stage together at the Waikiki Shell. They were joined at one point by members of Natural Vibrations. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jason Genegabus)

"It felt just like riding a bike," he said backstage at the Waikiki Shell last month before Ho'onu'a performed. "The feeling (on the Big Island) was good, the vibe was good, the crowd was good."

Keo moved to Utah last summer with his wife, who gave birth three months ago to twins. Between his growing family and work obligations, there isn't much time for music these days.

"My music is a guitar and a ukulele in my music room at home, and I sing in my ward choir at church," Keo said. "My wife, she really wanted to move there for a while. And she went back to school.

"So it was kind of one of those things that happened, but it's all good."

When "Mayjah Rayjah" promoter Raymond Ho, Jr. got in touch to gauge their feelings on a reunion, it didn't take much for Yrizarry and Keo to get on board with his plans. But while the gig was billed as a "final set" for the duo, both guys weren't exactly interested in calling it quits just yet.

Ho'onu'a poses for a picture with members of Rebel Souljahz and Natural Vibrations backstage at the Waikiki Shell. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jason Genegabus)

"Basically, what it boils down to is that nothing is finalized yet," said Yrizarry. "Whether there will be more shows or not, the door is open. As long as we have fun, it works out with everyone's schedule and there's a demand, we'll do it.

"It's for us to have fun and for our fans to get another taste. They've been so loyal for all these years."

Keo added that there is still a demand for their music on the mainland, and with his new home in Utah, opportunities may arise for Ho'onu'a to keep on playing shows outside of Hawaii in the months and years to come.

"Bottom line is, if you really think about it, we really did a lot of touring on the West Coast, the luau circuit. A lot of those people are in their late 20's now and are still on the mainland. It's such a huge market, not only for Hawaiians, but all Polynesians."

Added Yrizarry: "A lot of our fans have grown older, but there's also a whole new generation of kids who saw us for the first time.

"Should everything line up, then if can, can."

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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.

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BAMP announces ‘Republik Music Fest’

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April 13th, 2011



Any promoter with an ounce of common sense — or club kid with his or her eye on an ounce of liquor — will tell you that building a good buzz is important. Unless people are aware of what's going on, how will they be able to support it?

Courtesy BAMP Project

That's the strategy behind today's BAMP Project announcement of the lineup for the inaugural "Republik Music Festival" on June 11 at Kakaako Waterfront Park. The promoters have yet to open the doors on their new Kapiolani Boulevard concert venue/lounge, but will still push forward with a star-studded lineup of reggae and island music acts.

"We're establishing the branding for sure," BAMP/Republik co-owner Matty Hazelgrove said this morning. "It's a perfect opportunity for us to do this."

The first festival will feature headliners Steel Pulse (pictured above), plus the Dirty Heads and semi-regular Hawaii visitors Matisyahu and Rebelution. The Green and Maui-based rockers the Throwdowns will open the show.

"The 'Republik Music Festival' is going to be the big brother to the Republik," Hazelgrove continued. "And even though this lineup is pretty reggae-heavy, we'll always have elements of rock and other genres. It will be just like the Republik, where we're going to do all kinds of different music."

Tickets for the festival go on sale at 9 a.m. April 20 at all Local Motion stores on Oahu, Navy ITT and Coast Guard offices, the UH-Manoa Campus Center and online at www.groovetickets.com. General admission will set you back $39.50, with VIP tickets priced at $70 (includes dedicated bar service and portable restrooms, VIP area in front of stage and catered food from Wahoo's Fish Tacos.

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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.

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VIDEO: ‘Aloha for Japan’ raises $1M in donations

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March 27th, 2011



Video courtesy Lanai Tabura

Hawaii-based musician Christian Yrizarry of Beach 5 recorded this song to help raise awareness for the "Aloha for Japan" campaign for disaster relief.

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / staff@honolulupulse.com

The "Aloha for Japan" campaign, a statewide coordinated initiative to help the people of Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has collected more than $1 million in donations, according to a press release.

Hawaii's largest banks are serving as collection points for donations made payable to "Aloha for Japan." The money is being forwarded to the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. The latter organization will donate all proceeds to the Japanese Red Cross.

GRP Home Co., a cooperative of local clothing designers HiLife, Butigroove, Fitted Hawaii, In4mation, Aloha Army and Barefoot League, have printed and sold "Aloha for Japan" T-shirts in recent weeks; they recently sent their first donation of $30,000 to the campaign.

"It really is just all about helping Japan," said Fitted Hawaii's Keola Rapozo. "I've been to Japan and have friends there, so I'm directly affected.

"A bunch of us local boys donated 30 thousand, and everyone who bought a T-shirt from us helped with that. And that's just the first check. We're off to a good start. When we hit them off with the next check, and another check, then people will see it's all about aloha for Japan."

Monetary donations can be made at American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Pacific Rim Bank and Territorial Savings Bank.

Checks payable to "Aloha for Japan" can be mailed to 2454 S. Beretania St., Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96826. Checks mailed to this address will be donated to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii.

Donors can give online at www.alohaforjapan.com, which contains links to donation pages for the American Red Cross and the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. For more info, call 949-5531 or email info@alohaforjapan.com.

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Honolulu Pulse Entertainment Editor Jason Genegabus contributed to this report.

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HARA names lifetime achievement winners

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March 16th, 2011



Star-Advertiser File / 2001

Kalapana takes a bow on stage at the Sheraton Waikiki in 2001 after playing their first show on Oahu since 1998. The performance was also the first on Oahu since Mackey Feary's death in 1999.

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts announced Wednesday the recipients for its 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards, the "highest award for excellence in (Hawaii's) recording industry."

This years awardees:

» Kalapana

» Jaqueline “Skylark” Rosetti

» Napua Stevens Poire

» Bill Tapia

» Fred and Ernest Tavares

The Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented on Saturday, May 28 at the Hawaii Convention Center, a day before the 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are scheduled to take place at the same location. While the Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner will not be televised, the main awards will be broadcast live on KFVE.

Tickets for the Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner are available now from HARA; call Bryson at 593-9424 for more details, or visit www.nahokuhanohano.org.

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Jason Genegabus is former HILife Editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Born in Honolulu and raised in Kailua, he now calls Kaimuki home. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Hawaii responds with earthquake fundraisers

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March 11th, 2011



Just hours after a devastating earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, a number of Hawaii residents and organizations are already stepping up to help coordinate local relief efforts.

A post on Twitter by the Hawaii Red Cross notes that Manoa DNA will perform at Lulu's Waikiki tonight, just steps from the webcam location that local TV stations used to illustrate sea changes during this morning's tsunami warning. Music starts at 6 p.m. and donations will be accepted at the door.

In addition, mobile cupcakery Fairy Cakes has been posted up at 1637 Kapiolani Blvd. (across from 24 Hour Fitness) since about 2:30 this afteroon, and have promised to donate all of today's proceeds to the Red Cross. Approximately 800 baked goods were prepared for customers today; bring a check payable to the Hawaii Red Cross and your money will go directly to help earthquake relief efforts.

And a hui of local clothing designers called GRP Home Co. — made up of the creative minds behind Fitted Hawaii, In4mation, Butigroove, Barefoot League, Aloha Army and HiLife — got together earlier today to come up with ideas for a benefit T-shirt (pictured at right).

"We're printing right now and all the proceeds are going to go to Japan," said Lanai Tabura, the group's spokesman. "It was really cool to get all the guys together and brainstorm this. They'll be $20 at all the shops and should be ready for purchase by Monday."

Know of any other fundraisers going on this weekend? Please post details in the comments below.

TV: ‘Real World’ back in Hawaii

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March 11th, 2011



Now in its 25th season, perennial reality show staple "The Real World" continues to thrive on cable network MTV with its edgy blend of youth, sex and endless interpersonal drama.

This weekend, Hawaii residents will get an opportunity to show producers why they're the type of person who needs to be part of the cast for the 26th season of filming. The casting call marks the first time the show has returned to the islands since filming its eighth season at a house on Diamond Head Road, which aired on MTV in 1999.

Casting directors from Bunim/Murray Productions will hold an open casting call from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hooters in Aloha Tower Marketplace. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 years old and need to bring a valid ID and recent picture (if available) to complete the registration process.

“We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” said Jonathan Murray, executive producer of “The Real World,” via email. "Past seasons have been populated with cast members from diverse backgrounds, who have shared their daily experiences openly with millions of viewers."

You may remember one of those characters — Ruthie Alcaide (pictured at left) was the hometown cast member on "The Real World: Hawaii" who attracted a lot of attention for her public battle with alcoholism on the show. With the current state of reality TV as it is, who knows what type of kolohe behavior casting directors will be willing to tolerate this time around.

If you can't make it to Aloha Tower this weekend, applications are also being accepted online.

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