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Pahinui fights bronchitis

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February 24th, 2015



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Cyril Pahinui on stage at the Waikiki Shell in 2014.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Cyril Pahinui on stage at the Waikiki Shell in 2014.

Cyril Pahinui is recovering at Queens Medical Center this week after being admitted recently with bacterial bronchitis, according to a Facebook update posted Monday by the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist and slack key master.

"Last week at (Kani Ka Pila Grille), I started to feel dizzy and tired,” he said. “We have such wonderful doctors and staff here at our Queens Hospital who have taken very good care of me and I (am) hoping to get released soon.

“Mahalo nui to all of you who have called, (texted) and emailed. We sincerely appreciate your aloha and concern.”

Pahinui, 64, is the son of legendary Hawaiian musician Gabby “Pops” Pahinui and mentioned in the post that he looks forward to producing the eighth annual Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila this summer. In addition to regular tour dates in the continental U.S., Asia and beyond, he also serves on the Board of Governors for the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts and helps produce the annual Seattle Slack Key Festival.

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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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POW! WOW! Hawaii returns

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February 6th, 2015



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014The streets of Kakaako and beyond will be crawling with artists from around the world as POW! WOW! Hawaii returns for its sixth year in Hawaii.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

The streets of Kakaako and beyond will be crawling with artists from around the world as POW! WOW! Hawaii returns for its sixth year in Hawaii.

The sixth edition of POW! WOW! Hawaii is underway this week, with artists from around the world converging upon Honolulu to transform blank walls into street art masterpieces along with a variety of art and music programming — and parties.

Co-founders Kamea Hadar and Jasper Wong officially opened the festival on Jan. 28 at the Modern Honolulu with a POW! WOW! edition of the hotel’s Study Hall lecture series. While the actual painting most people associate with POW! WOW! doesn’t start until Monday, Hadar explained how they learned it was necessary to extend the festival from one to two weeks in length.

“The artists would show up, and some of them would go straight from the airport and start painting,” he said. “They would be from Europe or South Africa and totally jet-lagged, but they would be out there painting. So we extended it to two weeks. The first week is about getting over the jet-lag and experiencing the culture in Hawaii.

“If we take them straight into the heart of Honolulu into this industrial area and they don’t get to decompress, they just try to get the painting done so they can go to the beach. This way, we let them relax for a few days, go to the beach … and get their base tan in.”

It also means POW! WOW! Hawaii includes a couple of pretty big parties before the hard work starts next week. The Lei-Over, a Hawaii version of the popular Los Angeles-based Do-Over party hosted by DJs Haycock and Strong, goes down Saturday at Buho Cantina in Waikiki starting at 6 p.m.

And on Sunday, the popular Grey Goose Dayclub partners with Purps for a POW! WOW! edition from noon to 6 p.m. at the Modern Honolulu.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Here’s a rundown of additional POW! WOW! Hawaii events:

» “Exploring the New Contemporary Art Movement” Opening Reception: POW! WOW! Hawaii exhibition curated by Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace Gallery), 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, 111 Victoria St. Free.

» 1xRun Print Exhibit: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday at Fresh Cafe Kakaako, 831 Queen St. Free.

» Jeff Staple: New York designer talks with visiting artists; followed by a panel discussion, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday (Kevin Lyons) and Thursday (James Jean) at Kakaako Agora, 441 Cooke St. Free.

» PM Tenore: Founder/president of RVCA curates POW! WOW! Hawaii exhibition, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Modern Honolulu, Sun Suite. Free. Afterparty from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Addiciton Nightclub. Cover: $10-$200.

» All That Matters: ‘Zine workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Fresh Cafe Kakaako. Free; all ages. (808) 351-9812, http://allthatmattershnl.com

» POW! WOW! Finale Block Party: Presented by Honolulu Night Market, 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 along Cooke Street. Free.

» Secret Walls: Live art battle, 8 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 at 327 Lana Lane. Free.

» Deltron 3030: Alternative hip-hop supergroup with Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala, and Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, with Mangchi Hammer, 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets: $30. (855) 235-2667, http://flavorus.com. 18+

For those who can’t make it — or don’t even live in Hawaii — online art gallery 1xRun is again offering the artwork of featured POW! WOW! Hawaii artists for sale. A number of the pieces on display at Tuesday’s Fresh Cafe exhibition will be available for purchase via the website.

“The reason we do a print exhibition and an original, on-canvas exhibition is because we try to … help build a collector base in Hawaii,” Wong said. “Certain people can afford original paintings, but then younger people might not be able to afford that, so they can pick up prints. We try to cover that whole spectrum so people are part of the art world, collecting art and also building the art industry in Hawaii.”

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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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Du Vin to close Jan. 31

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January 28th, 2015



Longtime Honolulu restauranteur Dave Stewart will shut down Brasserie Du Vin on Saturday due to a lease dispute, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

“I am proud of the impact Du Vin has made in Honolulu, especially being part of the exciting developments to the downtown-Chinatown community in the last decade,” Stewart said in the release. “I feel we provided something innovative, yet authentic to the local dining scene.”

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013Brasserie Du Vin will close its doors for good on Saturday.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013

Brasserie Du Vin will close its doors for good on Saturday.

The former home to Harbor Lounge on Bethel Street, Du Vin opened in 2006 as a means for Stewart and his wife, Mari, to “recreate their favorite European experiences” in a 150-seat space just steps from the iconic Hawaii Theatre and a few blocks away from the crowded bars and clubs of Hotel Street. With an award-winning wine program and more than 200 bottles for customers to choose from, Du Vin helped cultivate a community of oenophiles in Chinatown much the same way another one of his businesses, Bar 35, did for beer drinkers in the neighborhood.

According to Stewart, he was unable to come to terms with the Plumbers & Fitters Local 675, which owns the building and serves as Du Vin’s landlord.

“I had hoped the property owners would give consideration (to) the value Du Vin brings to the neighborhood, that rent was paid without fail and that we have the experience of running a restaurant in the often tenuous food and beverage market,” Stewart said. “Not only does closing Du Vin affect our guests and neighbors, but it affects the 32 dedicated employees who have helped make us a success.”

While Stewart evaluates his options to reopen Du Vin in a new location, Bar 35 and Bethel Street nightclub and lounge eleven44 will remain open for business as usual. Du Vin will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner after 4 p.m. daily through Saturday.

Customers will have until midnight on Saturday to enjoy one last glass of wine and bid aloha to the staff.

To help lessen the sting, Stewart will say mahalo with half off all spirits, beer and wine (both bottles and by the glass), while inventory lasts.

Those who would like to share a favorite memory of eating and drinking at Du Vin are invited to email the bar; submissions will be posted online at http://brasserieduvin.com.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Creed does it 'For Love'

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January 22nd, 2015



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Creed Chameleon.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Creed Chameleon.

It's good to see hip-hop artist Creed Chameleon back on his grind in Hawaii after moving to Arizona in 2011.

Born in Guam, the rapper also known as Kristopher Rojas returned to Honolulu last year with a new label, Rising Sons Independent, that he started with fellow artist Klarke "Grip H" Castellanos. "Interlude" and "Life Goes" were released in the second half of 2014 in support of Creed and Grip H's collaboration project, Kristopher Klarke.

Nearly a decade after Creed released his solo debut, "Defy," which marked his transition from pure battle MC to a full-fledged recording artist, he continues to create and put out original music for fans both in Hawaii and abroad. Last month, he was the featured local opening act for hip-hop heavyweight Ghostface Killah of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.

Creed's latest single, "For Love," is "all about riding through the town and having a beauty by your side to top off the end of the night," according to a press release. The track features production by Madlib (the beat was originally used by Indiana-bred rapper Freddie Gibbs) and "compliments (sic) Creed's verbal array of lyrical cadence and catchy one-liners."

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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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Vertical Junkies mark 20 years

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December 19th, 2014



A typical Vertical Junkies party at the old O Lounge on Kapiolani Boulevard, circa, 2005.

PHOTOS COURTESY RUSS INOUYE

A typical Vertical Junkies party at the old O Lounge on Kapiolani Boulevard, circa 2005.

Once a party promoter, always a party promoter. Russ Inouye is better known these days as producer of the annual Hawaii Ocean Expo and for his work in reintroducing He’eia Pier General Store & Deli to a new generation of fans, but there was a time when getting friends (and friends of friends) together for a club rager was his main objective.

VERTICAL JUNKIES 20/20 REUNION

With special guest PeniDean

» Where: Tsukiji, Ala Moana Center
» When: 10 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $10 before 11:30 p.m.
» Info: facebook.com

Originally launched in 1994 as a clothing company, Vertical Junkies morphed into one of the top nightclub party crews about 10 years ago before crossing over into the bar business in 2009 with the opening of the former V-Lounge on Kona Street. Along with business partners Mike Nagasawa, Kanoe Sandefur and Blaine Tomita, Inouye welcomed thousands of young adults into Honolulu’s nightclub scene with 18-and-over parties at venues all over town.

Mention the phrase “Five Dolla Pitchas and Rubba Slippas” to these folks and they’ll immediately make the connection. From Hot Lava Cafe, Compadres and Ocean Club to the O Lounge, Hard Rock Cafe and Shack Waikiki, the Vertical Junkies kept their casual, laid-back-yet-still-raging party vibe going no matter where the ride took them.

PHOTOS COURTESY RUSS INOUYERuss Inouye, second from right, with his Vertical Junkies partners, from left, Kanoe Sandefur, Mike Nagasawa and Blaine Tomita.

Russ Inouye, second from right, with his Vertical Junkies partners, from left, Kanoe Sandefur, Mike Nagasawa and Blaine Tomita.

The VJ boys will take a walk down memory lane on Saturday when Inouye, Nagasawa and Tomita host the Vertical Junkies 20/20 Reunion at Tsukiji Ala Moana with support from Tantriq Entertainment, Blaise Sato, Flash Hansen, Artist Groove Network, Xclusive Vapor, 808Tattoo and Know1. And if social media buzz is any indication, this holiday party will be one to remember.

“Judging by the people who have said they’re coming, it’s going to be a fun night, like the way it used to be,” Inouye said by phone on Thursday. “Getting a such a solid response to this party is making me feel like we could do it again. … That surf, party, cruise vibe I’ve always enjoyed.”

The Vertical Junkies are well known for being able to poke fun and laugh at themselves.

The Vertical Junkies are well known for being able to poke fun and laugh at themselves.

Another longtime promoter buddy helped get Inouye in the door at Tsukiji after spotting him up to his old tricks on the North Shore. Rick Rock happened to cross paths with Inouye at Haleiwa Joe’s, where Inouye stepped in to host a one-off party after the restaurant’s previous promoter severed ties.

“Rick saw me that night and later asked if I wanted to do a party in town and collaborate with him,” Inouye said. “It’s the holiday season and everybody is back in town. It’s the perfect time for something like this.”

Partying with Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls fame.

Partying with Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls fame.

Those looking for EDM on Saturday shouldn’t bother checking out Tsukiji — Inouye made it clear the party will be a throwback to the late 1990’s and early ‘00s with a mix of hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 and island contemporary by a roster of DJs who used to play Vertical Junkies parties back then.

“This is going to be a feel-good party,” he said. “Come in your slippers if you want. If you want to come in your $150 T-shirt, who cares? Just come with a good attitude. Come and have fun.”
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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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Streetlight Cadence wins 2014 Rumble

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December 3rd, 2014



PHOTOS BY KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERStreetlight Cadence celebrate their Mai Tai Rumble win on Wednesday.

PHOTOS BY KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Streetlight Cadence celebrate their Mai Tai Rumble win on Wednesday.

Wednesday night’s final round of the annual Mai Tai Rumble showcased how much this battle of the bands has changed since it started at Ala Moana Center more than a decade ago.

Local reggae and island contemporary bands dominated for years after the Mai Tai Bar introduced the battle of the bands in 2001 — so much so that event organizers had to split the competition into categories for reggae and everything else. That changed a few years ago when entries slumped a bit, forcing all bands to compete against each other. As increasing numbers of rock and alternative bands began to advance farther in the competition, others began to sit up and take notice.

This year, more than half of the bands that competed were of the non-reggae variety, according to event co-producer Alan Arato. In the finals, only one band — Ascension — could be considered a true reggae group. Backwards Shaka has established themselves as a solid rock-reggae fusion band, while Solid Rock made no attempt to conceal their deep Christian roots during the competition.

Backwards Shaka performs during the final round of the 14th annual Mai Tai Rumble on Wednesday.

Backwards Shaka performs during the final round of the 14th annual Mai Tai Rumble on Wednesday.

Which brings us to Streetlight Cadence, the folk-rock quartet that couldn’t be further from the stereotype most envision when talking about live music at the Mai Tai Bar. Dressed in bright pastel colors and toting classical stringed instruments (we’re talking a violin and cello here, folks), the guys performed a high energy set that won over final round judges Tom Moffatt, Jamie Hyatt and Ed Nix and scored them $18,000 in cash and prizes.

“We thought (the Mai Tai Rumble) was tailored against us,” said Streetlight Cadence’s Johnathon Franklin. ”We figured when we compete it always improves us, whether or not we win. We were surprised we got past the second round, honestly.”

“More than the competition, everybody is bringing good vibes, good energy, good music,” added Jesse Shiroma. “We get to meet all these bands we don’t know. … I’ve never heard of Backwards Shaka. Their fusion of rock and reggae? It’s tight! I was blown away.”

Streetlight Cadence performs during the final round of the 14th annual Mai Tai Rumble on Wednesday.

Streetlight Cadence performs during the final round of the 14th annual Mai Tai Rumble on Wednesday.

After five years of busking on the streets of Waikiki, Streetlight Cadence has made strides in 2014 to change their focus and go after more traditional gigs. About six months ago, all four members of the band committed to music full-time.

“Maybe it’s because we’re the only ones doing what we do here, but we’ve had this momentum,” said Franklin. “This is probably one of the most challenging places to get into the music business.”

With the Mai Tai Rumble win, the band will receive a variety of prizes, including an opening gig at the Party of the Year at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park on New Year’s Eve.

But tonight, they’ll be back on Kalakaua Avenue playing for tourists who pass them by on the sidewalk.

“People say it’s hard to get ahead here, but I think Hawaii is one of the best places to start,” said Shiroma. “It’s a safe, cool, friendly environment to start making music and share your music.”

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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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O.N.O., Hoobastank head for Kona

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November 19th, 2014



Kona Brewing Company’s Brewery Block in Kailua-Kona continues to develop new nightlife options on the Big Island with two upcoming events.

Our Night Out (O.N.O.) Kona returns after a successful first block party in August to present an evening of music, fashion, food and fun on Saturday.

COURTESY HOOBASTANKHoobastank returns to Hawaii for a concert at Kona Brewing Company's Kailua-Kona location in December.

COURTESY HOOBASTANK

Hoobastank returns to Hawaii for a concert at Kona Brewing Company's Kailua-Kona location in December.

This time, O.N.O. has partnered with Hawai’i Fashion Month to feature the work of the following Big Island-based designers:

» Indigo Sage

» Kai Ea Jewelry

» Sea Swept Hawai’i

» Alohiwai

In addition, Rydix Drag & Grind will present a classic car show to go with a skateboard half-pipe and live musical performances that are also planned. Kona Brewing and other food and drink vendors will keep people full and happy, while students from Mele Murals will paint live during the event and collect donations to support the arts advocacy group.

O.N.O. Kona will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the KBC Brewery Block, 74-562 Pawai Place. Admission is free; VIP packages are available for $30. Email O.N.O. Kona for more information or follow them on Instagram.

ALSO COMING UP in Kona is the return of Hoobastank to Hawaii on Dec. 5. The Los Angeles-based band will headline the night, with opening band The Darkroom on stage at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 general admission and $59 VIP, which includes early entry into KBC’s Brewhouse Oasis, drink vouchers for Kona brews, a limited edition Hoobastank commemorative poster and pupu buffet.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the concert; purchase tickets online or in person at Soundwave music and KBC’s retail shop and Growler Shack.

“I can’t wait to see how the fans respond to our tropical venue for Hoobastank and The Darkroom,” said Hawaii Restaurant and Retail Managing Director Mattson Davis in a release. “We are honored to be providing the aloha as their tour brings them back to the U.S. This will mark the fourth show at the Brewhouse Oasis for us this year.”

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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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Mercury to be replaced by Proof

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November 7th, 2014



If you weren’t able to get to the Mercury Bar before it’s previously announced closure on Halloween, you’re in luck — the bar’s anti-First Friday party will take place as planned, with performances by The Knumbskulls, Junkies Runnin Dry, Beach Boy Golf Pro, Animal Mother and Pressure Down Sounds.

FFF: GHOST TOWN

Presented by Jet Setter Productions

» Where: Mercury Bar, 1154 Fort Street Mall

» When: 9 p.m. Friday

» Cost: $5

» Info: Facebook.com

“We’ll be open for First Friday as Mercury Bar,” new owner Joshua Hancock confirmed on Thursday. “Then we’ll close for a few weeks.”

Hancock and his business partner, Serena Hashimoto, have stepped in as majority owners of the Mercury Bar. Anthony Karl, who bought the bar from original owner Andrew Bugreyev, will continue to have an ownership interest, but it will be the duo who opened Downbeat Diner and Lounge on Hotel Street who run things on Chaplain Lane from here on out.

That also means on Dec. 1, the space will officially become Proof Public House after more than a decade as the Mercury Bar. Think pool, pizza and beer — all the necessary elements for a relaxing place to hang with friends away from crowds elsewhere in Chinatown.

1106 proof

Proof also refers to the strength of the alcohol they’ll serve, the process of change as it relates to pizza dough, and the authenticity of a venue that speaks truth to the Chinatown lifestyle with ownership who both live and work in the neighborhood.

Hancock answered a few questions about Proof, including an explanation as to why the new pub will not offer live music.

STAR-ADVERTISER: What is the concept behind Proof?

JOSHUA HANCOCK: A public house is actually the long name for a pub in Europe. It was used to denote a home that the public could come to and try home-brewed beers. This was during the early era of small beer brewing in Europe.

Proof is going to be kind of a throwback to the original concept of a public house. We’re planning on having pizza as well as cheap beer. Our main plan is to take out the stage and put in a pool table, open the windows up and change some of the aesthetics to make the room more inviting. We want to go from a club feel to a more open-air feel that’s inviting to the public.

Upstairs will be rented out for private parities and we’ll offer karaoke.

SA: Will Proof be another Downbeat Diner?

JH: It’s really going to be more of a pub vibe. Unlike Downbeat Diner and Lounge where the diner is a little more formal with a full menu and the lounge is a bar with a venue space, Proof will be a different option.

We’re just trying to fill a niche. We want to be affordable, accessible, casual, not fancy. A place to drink cheap beer and socialize.

SA: Do you plan to continue offering live music?

JH: We’re not doing live music. Downbeat has absorbed most of the customers who went to Mercury to see bands play.

At Proof, we wanted to offer a place where they could shoot pool. A more causal environment to get out of the hustle and bustle of the clubs and restaurants. And cheap beer, of course.

SA: Which is more fun, playing music or running a business?

JH: Music will always be my first love, for sure. It’s more therapy for me than anything.

For me and Serena, we do this to support what we’re already doing in the music scene. At Downbeat, we provide a place to eat late at night and see shows. With Proof, we asked ourselves, “Where can we go to shoot pool? Where can we go to hang out and have a beer?”

The businesses that have been doing well in Chinatown are the ones with the owners actively in charge … so I’ll be everywhere. We’ll have some management (at Proof), so hopefully I’ll be spending most of my time at Downbeat, which is the bigger operation. But I’ll be back and forth.

SA: Any plans for further expansion? Would you consider opening a bar outside Chinatown?

JH: I loved the Mercury Bar ever since I first went there more than a decade ago. To be able to take over a business that’s established and have so many good memories feels good.

We’ll probably stick with Chinatown. We’re comfortable here and have great relationships with other businesses. And there’s still plenty of potential. I think the neighborhood matches our interests with its history and architecture and blend of personalities who come down here.

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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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Revive the Live adds winter concert

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October 31st, 2014



Looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping this year? Don’t wait for Black Friday — head to the Blaisdell Box Office or any Walmart store in Hawaii and pick up tickets for the first annual Revive the Live Winter Music Festival at the Waikiki Shell on Dec. 27.

1030 morgan heritage

REVIVE THE LIVE WINTER

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Featuring Morgan Heritage, J Boog and Fiji

» Where: Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave.

» When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27; doors open at 4:30 p.m.

» Cost: $35, $45 and $80 in advance; $45, $55 and $90 at the door ($25 terrace and lawn seats also available only when tickets go on sale Saturday)

» Info: (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com, hifinest.com

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because local streetwear company Hawaii’s Finest presented the inaugural Revive the Live Music Festival with Katchafire, Fiji, Kolohe Kai, Maoli, Ekolu and Ooklah the Moc back in September. At the time, owner Paulele Alcon told the Pulse he would be back in December to celebrate Hawaii’s Finest’s five-year anniversary with another concert at the Shell.

“It’s been years since Hawaii has been able to enjoy a big local/reggae show during this time of year,” Alcon said this week. “I’ve been a fan of live music long before I started to do my own shows. Now I’m very grateful and blessed that I’m able to put my own dream shows together for Hawaii to enjoy.”

Alcon’s gift to reggae fans this year are headline performances by Morgan Heritage, J Boog and Fiji, with opening sets by Jemere Morgan, Hot Rain and DJ Westafa. With help from sponsors Heineken and Island 98.5, the Revive the Live brand has gained a lot of support since the first concerts held at The Republik.

“The main goal is to revive live local and reggae music in Hawaii,” said Alcon. “(Morgan Heritage) is one of my favorite (bands) and one of the most musically and vocally talented acts out there. We’ve been grooving to their music on the radio for years, hearing nearly every local band out of Hawaii cover their songs, and now we get to see them live.

“J Boog performs here very rarely, and when we do get to see him he gets better and more exciting every time. This will also be Fiji’s last performance before he takes a break for at least a year to finish up his next album and work on his health.”

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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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Mraz announces December shows

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October 14th, 2014



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012Jason Mraz on stage at the Waikiki Shell in 2012. He returns for shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in December.

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Jason Mraz on stage at the Waikiki Shell in 2012. He returns for shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in December.

Hawaii residents will have three opportunities in December to catch Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jason Mraz, who returns to the islands in support of his latest album, "Yes!"

Tickets go on sale Friday for shows at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 11 and 12. A third concert will take place Dec. 14 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

"Yes!" was released in June; after spending the summer in Europe, Mraz is currently back in the United States and will tour in Canada, Japan, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and finally Australia before wrapping up 2014 with the three Hawaii dates.

Mraz's last appearance in Honolulu came in 2012, when he returned to headline the Waikiki Shell in support of "Love is a Four-Letter Word."

Tickets for all three December shows go on sale to the general public Friday at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Blaisdell Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com. Prices have not been announced.

Don't want to wait until Friday? Click here for access to a fan pre-sale password that will allow you to purchase tickets Wednesday.

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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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