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Iolani Palace offers evening tours

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December 29th, 2015



The Friends of Iolani Palace celebrate Queen Kapiolani's birthday by inviting the public to tour the palace at night. The tours are the only opportunity for the public to visit Iolani Palace during the evening hours.

Tours continue on Tuesday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with the last tickets issued at 8:45 p.m.

Visit www.iolanipalace.org for more information.

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Jason Genegabus 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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VIDEO: Tavana wins Hard Rock battle

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March 24th, 2013



Tavana performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki on Saturday, March 23. (Photo by Kat Wade, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Tavana performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki on Saturday, March 23. (Photo by Kat Wade, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Despite strong efforts by local bands M.O.J.O. and HiRiz, Oahu-based singer-songwriter Tavana will represent Hawaii in the next round of the 2013 "Hard Rock Rising" music competition.

All three acts were at the Hard Rock Waikiki on Saturday, March 23, hoping to score the $250 cash prize and $250 in Hard Rock gift cards that went to the winner. Tavana will now advance to another fan voting round, with the general public voting online for the top 25 global bands from April 22 through May 1.

Once those 25 bands are picked, an "industry panel of judges" — one that includes Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, Live Nation Senior Vice President of Music Toby Leighton-Pope and Hard Rock Records’ Artist Relations Executives John Kirkpatrick, James Buell and Blake Smith — will choose a grand prize-winning band and two runner-up bands sometime between May 2 and May 5, with the winning band performing live on stage at "Hard Rock Calling" in London later this year.

Along with the London gig, the grand prize winner will play five more international dates arranged by Hard Rock International (suggested locations include Hard Rock Cafes in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chicago and Honolulu) as well as record an album and film a music video via Hard Rock Records. And not only will the winning band receive new musical equipment valued at $10,000, but so will the two runner-up bands in the competition.

Visit the "Hard Rock Rising" Facebook page once voting opens on April 22 to show your support for Tavana and his quest for stage time in London.

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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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VIDEO: Train’s ‘Mermaid’ features Hawaii

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March 15th, 2013



Pop rock band Train has released a new music video set in Hawaii, following a trip to Oahu last month for a performance at the NFL Pro Bowl and a cameo by lead singer Pat Monahan on CBS television series "Hawaii Five-0."

"Mermaid" features appearances by a number of familiar faces, including Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Alyssa Miller as a mermaid, local ukulele virtuoso Aidan James and "Five-0" co-star Daniel Dae Kim.

A number of NFL players and cheerleaders — plus thousands of football fans — appear in the music video because Monahan and the band filmed in and around Aloha Stadium on game day. Train performed during the Pro Bowl pre-show this year.

"Mermaid" shows Monahan on stage, down on the field and in the bleachers; he's also shown amongst "Five-0" trailers in footage shot while he was on the set for his guest role on the show.

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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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VIDEO: 2 Chainz at Aloha Tower

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January 25th, 2013



VIDEO BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Atlanta hip-hop artist 2 Chainz brought his “Based on a T.R.U. Story” tour to the Waterfront at Aloha Tower as part of the events surrounding the 2013 Pro Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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VIDEO: BLVQ by Matt Bruening

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December 27th, 2012



Local fashion designer Matt Bruening helped blogger Christa "SuperCW" Wittmier celebrate her birthday with a fashion show for his 2013 holiday collection, BLVQ, during Wittmier's "Last Ever" party and Pow Wow Hawaii fundraiser at The Republik on Dec. 21.

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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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The Throwdowns return to Oahu

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November 3rd, 2011



The Throwdowns were joined by Marty Dread, right, during their Maui CD release party in August. (Star-Advertiser file)

After releasing their new album, "Legs of Our Own," and hosting a CD release party on their home island of Maui in August, the Throwdowns are ready to head back to Oahu. Led by vocalist/guitarist Erin Smith, the band will be in Waikiki on Friday, Nov. 4, for the official HIC Triple Crown Pro party at the Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu.

'The Throwdowns CD Release Party'

» Where: Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu, 280 Beach Walk Ave.

» When: 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4

» Cost: No cover (21+)

» Info: 955-7383 or www.facebook.com/thethrowdownsmaui

Smith checked in from Maui last week to talk story about the band's new material, the difference between "Legs of Our Own" and their previous release, "Don't Slow Down," and what else the band will be doing in Honolulu while they're in town.

She was also gracious enough to share a few tracks off the new album with Pulse readers; check them out along with a video for their single, "Shake Your Bones," below.

QUESTION: The EP you guys released in 2010 was "Don't Slow Down." The Throwdowns have really taken that to heart in 2011, huh?

ANSWER: It felt like we were slowing down, to me. I didn't think we were ready to make another record, but we did.

"Don't Slow Down" was great and we were getting lots of really awesome opportunities, but the general consensus in the band was that we needed a full-length album to take advantage of those opportunities. We wanted to put our best foot forward.

Q: Creatively speaking, is there a big difference between "Legs of Our Own" and "Don't Slow Down," or is just an extension of what you guys were already doing?

A: We already had most of the material, but we did some tweaking. I think the big change is the whole punk versus pop thing. It's a lot more pop than "Don't Slow Down." It's still got some drive to it, but then there's also a more polished vibe. It's definitely a lot less raw.

It's more refined, I'd say. We're not a pop band. We're rock and pop with some reggae influence. We were just looking for the broadest sound for what we do.

I'm even jumping around a little less on stage to make sure it sounds good!

Erin Smith performs during the Throwdowns' Maui CD release party in August. (Star-Advertiser file)

Q: I'm familiar with how hard it is to be a musician on Oahu, let alone on Maui. How does a rock band like the Throwdowns keep busy on Maui? Do you get a lot of hometown support?

A: Oh yeah, Maui's great. They're always in our corner. It seems like on Maui, there's been a definite kick start to the rock scene over here. It just feels like there's a surge happening. So we're trying to push the boundaries of what you can do as a rock band from Hawaii.

But we don't play that much on Maui. It's not like Oahu where you can play a bunch and hit a bunch of people and expand your fan base. We don't play a lot because you can burn out real quick. Our focus is on the mainland. We want to go that way.

Q: Anything lined up for the mainland that you can talk about?

A: We're just kind of trying to play our cards the smart way. It's all about working with the bands we already know. We might be at SXSW (next year). We're talking it out right now. We're cautious about that stuff. We're all about having a game plan, but we're also cautious about what we spend our money on.

Our theory is, you can just go and do something, or you can club someone over the head with the biggest thing you've got and make a big splash. We're more in that second category.

Q: What do fans have to look forward to in Waikiki this weekend?

A: Well, the Hard Rock show is free! I'm kinda stoked about that. It's also HIC's Triple Crown Pro party, so we'll have the surfers there. And we're going to do the Road Runner Music Hall before that. It's gonna be broadcast live on Star1019.com at 2 p.m.

It's been a long time since we've headlined our own show, so I think it's going to be good. We've got a new set and new songs and we're stoke to share them with everybody. And we got some of the Maui crew coming over, so it should be fun.

Q: What else is coming up for the band?

A: In November we'll be continuing to Kona and Kauai for the CD release tour. And then we're going to do a Maui show in December and take a few weeks to chill. The new year has some exciting stuff, but I'm not really supposed to talk about it yet.

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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.

The Throwdowns - "Stay HI (feat. Marty Dread)"

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Sully Erna visits HPR

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September 9th, 2011



Godsmack lead singer Sully Erna, left, talks with Hawaii Public Radio's Dave Lawrence on Friday, Sept. 9. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jason Genegabus)

Godsmack lead singer Sully Erna made a stop at Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Studio for an appearance with local "All Things Considered" host Dave Lawrence on Friday, Sept. 9.

Erna took about an hour to answer questions and played three songs for an intimate group of HPR employees and VIP guests. The entire band was scheduled to perform at the Blaisdell Concert Hall later in the day.

Click here to listen to Lawrence's interview with Erna and watch more video.

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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: Ke’Oahu wins Kani Ka Pila contest

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August 21st, 2011



Ke'Oahu performs after winning the 2011 Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search. (Star-Advertiser photo by FL Morris)

TEXT AND VIDEO BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Hawaiian music is alive and well in Waikiki, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. The poolside venue is one of the few left that features live entertainment daily, providing gigs for a number of local recording artists and lounge acts.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, during the second day of the 2011 Made in Hawaii Festival, five bands showed up at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall to take part in the Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search Finals. Yours truly was asked to judge the event, along with the legendary Cyril Pahinui and Honolulu Community College's MELE Program coordinator Keala Chock. Up for grabs was a month's worth of Thursday night gigs at Kani Ka Pila Grille, plus studio time at HCC's Mike Curb MELE Studios.

Ke Kani Nahe, Ke'Oahu, Kaiholu, the Honolulu Lounge Lizards and Li'inui all brought their best effort to the finals, with each group getting 20 minutes to impress the audience and judges with their musical abilities. The competition was close — any of the five could easily hold down a regular gig in Waikiki — but in the end, it was Ke'Oahu who was awarded top honors.

While the name may be unfamiliar to most, Ke'Oahu is comprised of family members with deep musical roots in the islands. Led by sisters JoAnn Iwalani Maio and Leilani Vaka'uta, the quartet of children of Maui's Joseph Kalanipi'i Maio and Oahu's Maude Leialoha Ke'Oahu has a musical lineage that goes back five generations. The lineage was evident while watching them perform; despite the pressure to win, they exhibited the skill and professionalism necessary to not only play a gig, but to also educate visitors and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture in an effective manner.

Ke'Oahu will now be scheduled to play on Thursdays in September at Kani Ka Pila Grille. Call 924-4992 for more information.

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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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‘Kailuabands’ CD a reunion, too

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July 9th, 2011



The past will come to life this weekend in Kailua, when a handful of bands that last played together some 35 years ago reunite to celebrate the release of a new compilation CD.

From left, Susan Lee, Suzan Gilleland and Jud Haskins perform as Syster in the 1970's. They'll reunite at Bob's Sports Bar in Kailua on Sunday, July 10. (Courtesy Jud Haskins)

"Kailuabands" is the result of the efforts of a Facebook group with more than 275 members and one dedicated music producer in California. Jud Haskins owns his own company — Horrible Music — and writes the jingles you hear in commercials for some of America's biggest companies. He woke up one day a few years ago with the idea that he wanted to "record some good music for a change," and "not just another ditty for McDonald's."

After reconnecting with some of his friends from back in the day, he realized the potential Facebook brought to the prospect of working together again.

"Kailua in the mid-70s was like Yasgur's Farm (of Woodstock fame), only with flip-flops," Haskins wrote via email. "I couldn't have known when I started the Kailuabands Facebook group that I was re-connecting the old neighborhood, only this time with digial fenceposts to talk over. The response has been overwhelming."

Four years after starting the project, "Kailuabands" will be introduced to the world with a reunion show that will feature bands that haven't performed in the neighborhood in decades. According to Haskins, Gerry Erwin and Stryder, Syster, Cooper's Still and Woodrose will all play at Bob's Sports Bar from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

"The larger insight is that local bands of our youth were as important a part of musical memory as the famous groups of the time," Haskins said.

The CD will be available for purchase direct from Haskins; Oahu residents can pick up a copy at Hungry Ear Records starting on Monday, July 11.

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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.

'Kailuabands' CD Release Party

» Where: Bob's Sports Bar, 170 Hamakua Drive

» When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 10

» Info: Click here for Facebook event listing

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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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