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Heineken shows aloha for Hawaii

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June 30th, 2015



COURTESY CNNCNN's Anthony Bourdain drank quite a bit of Heineken while on location filming an episode of "Parts Unknown" earlier this year.

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CNN's Anthony Bourdain drank quite a bit of Heineken while filming an episode of "Parts Unknown" in Hawaii earlier this year.

People of a certain age in Hawaii — those old enough to drink alcohol, to be specific — know you can’t go wrong showing up to almost any social gathering with a cold pack of beer.

And despite the push to support locally produced products (and craft beer in general) over the last few years, many locals know there are three main choices that will keep the majority of people happy. If they’re not “Up for Whatever” or packing the Silver Bullet in their coolers, it’s a good bet the bottles they brought are of the green variety and filled with Heineken.

COURTESY HEINEKEN USAHeineken will release a Honolulu-themed bottle this summer to go with its regular and light beer offerings.

COURTESY HEINEKEN USA

Heineken will release a Honolulu-themed bottle this summer to go with its regular and light beer offerings.

Even when Hawaii makes it into the national spotlight for its cuisine — as was the case earlier in June when CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” filmed here — those green bottles are everywhere. Heineken may not be produced here, but it was the beer people on Molokai shared when Bourdain ventured there to talk story. (According to 2014 sales data, Hawaii is one of the top 10 markets in the United States when it comes to consumption of the brew.)

Heineken will say mahalo for the support in two pretty cool ways this summer. First, Honolulu will be honored with a special commemorative bottle as part of the Open Your City campaign. Now in its second year, the campaign features a limited run of city-specific bottles; Honolulu was one of 14 new cities selected this year along with places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.

“Honolulu is one of the world’s great cities, where the most beautiful environment meets the most exciting opportunities to truly experience life at its best,” Heineken vice president of marketing Ralph Rijks said in a statement. “We are recognizing Hawaii, and the people of Hawaii in particular, by doing our small part to help make a great city even greater.”

Find the special bottles wherever Heineken is sold; they're expected to arrive here soon, if not already available.

Heineken will also host the inaugural Heineken Pacific Mele on July 18 at the Waikiki Shell. Hawaii-born recording artist Kawehi will be joined by Japan’s Shugo Tokumaru and Southern California-based indie rockers Local Natives at the 21-and-over event. Score free tickets by visiting www.heinekenpacificmele.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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Gray takes on cancer again

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April 1st, 2015



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015Nextdoor owner Daniel Gray, right, with local hip-hop promoter and radio DJ Justin "DJ Bone" Kaneshiro.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015

Nextdoor owner Daniel Gray, right, with local hip-hop promoter and radio DJ Justin "DJ Bone" Kaneshiro.

It's no April Fool's Day joke — veteran Honolulu nightclub promoter Daniel Gray is fighting for his life once again.

A little more than a year ago, the Kauai native was diagnosed with a cancerous growth in his sinus cavity. Following months of treatment and recovery, doctors were hopeful they had removed the tumor. As 2014 came to an end, many of his friends and family thought Gray had won his war against cancer.

Turns out, it was just the first battle. Following a diagnosis on March 18, he posted a Facebook update on March 23 disclosing that a new mass had appeared near his brain, robbing him of the ability to "smell the ocean in the air I breathe" and taste “the myriad wonderful things the sea provides for my sustenance.”

What hurt the most, he wrote, was his inability to get in the ocean and surf.

As words of encouragement and support flooded his Facebook page, Gray followed up with another heart-wrenching post on Friday.

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These past few days have been an absolute whirlwind. It continues to blow my mind that less that just over a week ago,...

Posted by Daniel Gray on Saturday, March 28, 2015

To help Gray accumulate the funds to pay for his upcoming medical treatment, friends have stepped up once again to host Rage for Daniel Part 2 at Nextdoor on Wednesday. An art show will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by live band performances and music by DJs Jimmy Taco, Shift, Billy G and SuperCW. All donations collected at the door will go to Gray's doctor bills.

Can't make it to Chinatown on Wednesday? Gray also set up an online fundraising campaign to make it more convenient for friends to support.

If there's anything positive about Gray's current condition, it's that his medical team hasn't given up hope just yet.

“The team of specialists is going to try a new technique of low-dose radiation combined with constant chemotherapy in an attempt to shrink the cancer down to a size where it isn't causing symptoms and more importantly, save my life,” Gray said. “Thank you for your support, love, and prayers.”

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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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Buffett's to remain in Waikiki

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August 19th, 2014



Good news for fans of Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber — and supporters of live music in Waikiki — arrived Tuesday when landlord Outrigger Enterprises Group announced the restaurant had found new owners and secured a new lease.

JASON GENEGABUS / 2009Jimmy Buffett on stage at Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber in 2009.

JASON GENEGABUS / 2009

Jimmy Buffett on stage at Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber in 2009.

Instead of closing for good on Aug. 31, as was first reported by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in June, the restaurant will now close for one week “while the space and menu undergo a refresh,” according to a release.

The new owners are Handcrafted Restaurants LLC, better known as the hui behind Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman. Chef Peter Merriman, one of the originators of Hawaii's farm-to-table movement and leaders in Pacific Rim Cuisine since the 1990s, and business partner Bill Terry opened the first Monkeypod Kitchen in Maui's Wailea Resort in 2011, followed by another location at Ko Olina on Oahu in 2013. The restaurant will be leased to Handcrafted Restaurants subsidiary JB Waikiki LLC.

"We are honored to carry on Jimmy Buffett's great operation in Waikiki and look forward to expanding on its popularity with a few changes to the facilities and new additions to the menu that highlight Hawaii local flavors," Terry said. "We expect a quick and easy transition."

In addition to the food and drink, the announcement means at least a few local musicians will hopefully keep their regular gigs at the restaurant. In honor of its rock star namesake, Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber always offered a variety of live entertainment through the week, which is becoming more of a rarity in Waikiki than some might realize.

Luckily, it appears Handcrafted Restaurants also believes in supporting local musicians, as Monkeypod Kitchen at Ko Olina has consistently booked live music since it opened. Let's hope the new management in Waikiki does the same thing.

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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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Remembering a fallen bicyclist

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July 6th, 2011



Family and friends of Zachary Manago, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver near Wahiawa last December, are asking for the public's support with their efforts this weekend to make Oahu's roads safer for bicyclists.

18-year old Zach Manago was killed last year while riding his bicycle near Wahiawa. (Photo courtesy Daphne Manago)

Manago, a Moanalua High School graduate and baseball star who was set to play for Hawaii Pacific University this year, started riding last fall when he enrolled at HPU and discovered the lack of automobile parking in the downtown Honolulu area. He was killed while on a late-night ride with friends near Wheeler Army Airfield.

"We are asking the state of Hawaii to kokua with this memorable event to show their support for our efforts to make Hawaii’s roads safe and accessible to cyclists and pedestrians so that we can prevent future tragic events like Zach’s death," wrote Sheika-Ann Ambatali, Hawaii Bicycling League Volunteer Coordinator, via email.

On Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, the HBL will coordinate a two-day, island-wide ride to celebrate Manago’s life, memorialize his tragic death, raise awareness about safety on Hawaii’s roads and raise money for a safety education fund that will be used to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about the laws of the road and safe driving/riding practices.

Register for the ride and get a full schedule of events online at the HBL website — there is no registration fee, and participants are not required to complete the entire 144-mile course. Organizers are also asking for support during a bicycle safety clinic at the Hawaii State Capitol building at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

"We particularly need the community to come out to the free bicycle safety clinic … and to bike with us the following morning from the State Capitol to Waikiki," wrote Ambatali. "Strength in numbers."

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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.

Show you care and donate a bear

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April 8th, 2011



Courtesy Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii

The scene at Pearlridge during last year's "Teddy Bear Round-Up."

It's teddy bear time once again on Oahu — Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii is back with its annual "Teddy Bear Round-Up" and family resource fair at Pearlridge Center's Uptown Center Court.

From 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. tomorrow, April 9, volunteers will be on hand to attempt to collect their goal of 10,000 teddy bears and other stuffed animals of all shapes, sizes and colors.

"The stuffed animals that are collected will be shared with children who have suffered," said Elsie Foster, the event's volunteer chairperson. "These stuffed animals provide children with happiness and comfort."

Along with the stuffed animal collection, volunteers will also be on hand to provide free family activities. Live entertainment is also planned.

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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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