National Dance Week Hawaii (Sept. 29-Oct. 6) teamed up with Bar 35 and Loading Zone Arts to throw a party with sushi, sake and a special Samurai Pizza made just for the event. For the price of a ticket, attendees got a card with coupons for five sake samples, and a virtually unlimited sushi bar, with delicious hand rolls and nigiri. There were also body-painted servers and a table where anyone could make their own Japanese-style prints.
Fresh Cafe Downtown has been open for a couple months now, but the kinks are still being worked out, and since its opening, there has been a lot of uncertainty as far as regular hours, food and drink offerings. We got an invite to the pre-launch party for friends, family and media to check out the food and drinks, and found them creative, original and surprisingly diverse. Take a look, and then try them for yourself at Fresh Cafe Downtown’s Grand Opening, next week Thursday, July 24.
Fresh Cafe Downtown's Soft Opening
Thursday's "friends, family and media" soft opening at Fresh Cafe Downtown showcased everything that's been worked on as far as new food and drinks. Although there was a mixup and things kicked off a half an hour late, all was forgiven as soon as we came to the cocktail samples.
According to bartender Hale, who also tends bar at Disney Aulani, all the bartenders had a hand in designing the drink menu, bringing their diverse experience in the liquor industry to the table to create a menu that is both unique and very, very tasty. Look for a lot of house-made syrups, infused liquors and unusual combinations. A favorite? The Pear & Peach (pink colored one in front). It's smooth, perfectly balanced, fruity without being too sweet, and refreshing on a hot day.
Fresh Cafe Downtown
1111 Nuuanu Ave.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for special events
AMP Industries, a new promotion company, threw a masquerade-themed party at The Fix Saturday night, with house music DJs, aerialists, a magician, clowns and masked attendees mingling. Although there were masks at the door for any who forgot theirs, most people rose to the occasion with an impressive variety of beautiful masks.
Promotions veteran, philanthropist and well-known local glam photographer Russell Tanoue hosted a more intimate birthday party at the new Buho de Cocina y Cantina in Waikiki Wednesday evening. Friends from all corners of the island dressed up and came to relax with Russell in the classy setting. It was a more relaxed affair than in years past, with no scheduled entertainment and no theme; just free tacos and nachos, drinks and good company atop the gorgeous Waikiki Plaza rooftop venue.
New Zealand dance/comedy trio JGeeks, sometimes described as the new “metro-Maori electro craze,” headlined two shows at Republik on Saturday evening; an all-ages show and one for 18+. They were joined for the late show by reggae band Inoa’ole, back from an eight-year hiatus, plus New Zealand singer Pieter T and DJ Hapa Boy. For their final set just before closing time, JGeeks, dressed in Maori loincloths and body paint, pulled out all the stops with a crazy show that had the mostly female crowd screaming. Their act included traditional Maori haka, salsa, robotic dance, breakdancing and other crazy stunts. Take a look!
Here’s a short video clip of part of JGeeks’ performance; please forgive the sound quality.