September 11th, 2014
One of Honolulu’s most popular Halloween costume parties won’t take place this year, a main organizer of the event said last week.
Crazy, Sexy, GHOUL drew nearly 4,000 people in 2013, according to Diamondhead HUI co-founder David Hayakawa. He is one of the driving forces behind the organization and has helped throw a number of different parties over the years.
“I loved every GHOUL that we have had, but sometimes bigger isn’t better,” Hayakawa wrote in a letter that made the rounds via social media. “For those of you who were at the original parties ‘On the Slopes of Diamond Head,’ then at Bedroq’s Halloween and Screaming Tiki Beach Party, to the terrific Mardi Gras parties at the W and the first GHOUL at the Plaza Club, those parties never had more than 800 guests and everyone had a great time. The two GHOUL parties at Aloha Tower never had more than 1,500 guests. It was only the past two years that we had more than 3,000 guests.
“I am confident that 1,500 is a perfect number of people to keep things fresh and exciting, but not so crowded that people we don’t know are in attendance. … My party instincts tell me that a classy 2015 GHOUL, filled with an exclusive group of friends who share my vision of good people having a great time while partying for a cause will allow us to successfully continue ‘Crazy, Sexy, GHOUL’ into the future.”
The decision makes sense for a guy who continues to work full-time as a lawyer and underwrites the expenses for all of his parties so that all money from ticket sales can be donated to charity. But why not simply scale back a bit instead of canceling for the year?
“The party was just too big for an old guy like me,” admitted Hayakawa. “We considered reducing the size of the party this year, but telling 2,500 people that they can’t get tickets seemed like a recipe for disaster, so we decided to shut down for the year.
“A 1,500-guest exclusive party with everyone giving $20 to Make-a-Wish will raise $30,000 and we’ll still have a blast.”
It will also give friends of the Diamondhead HUI an extra 12 months to come up with an even crazier and sexier costume for 2015!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter and Google+.