Night Lights: Christmas weekend & free tickets

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For the first time in several years, I managed to have a rather quiet Christmas weekend. I didn’t go to any clubs, or go out for work. Rather, I devoted myself to more “traditional” pastimes, spending some time with family and friends on the island, seeing a movie, and partaking in (probably way too much) good food. Although I myself don’t really have a “tradition” for the winter holidays, only have one relative on the Island who is also very casual about holidays, abhor Christmas music and generally take a “Bah, Humbug!” approach to the whole thing, I surprised myself by pausing and getting unusually sentimental for a moment. I realized how grateful I am to friends and extended family who make the world a much warmer place.

Here’s one of the few pictures I took this weekend, at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Christmas Eve:

It's not an ad for the cruise ship, I swear. It just looked so cool...

Thanks to you, too, if you’re reading this. I’ve got a belated Christmas present for you.

As you know, New Year’s is coming up, and it’s going to be huge this year, with some new parties in the works and a lot of big annual ones. If you still don’t have plans, you can find my list of happening parties here.

Or… you can win some tickets.

My friend Shane Curtis, who along with Paul Moor, runs the semi-annual FireWater Moonlight Yacht Parties on the Ali’i Kai Catamaran, was kind enough to let me have two tickets to their New Year’s Eve yacht party to give away to YOU.

Party with 82Fifty, GRLFRNDS, DJs Mr. Nick and Rayne, and all the other crazy people on the boat!

Here’s how it’ll work:

To win the code for these tickets (normally they’d be $55 each), I want you to comment on this post, telling me, briefly, what YOU were doing last New Year’s Eve (Keep it clean, please, lol).

Of the people who comment, I’ll pick one person at random (must be 21+), and the winner will get a pair of tickets.

[Edit] Thanks for commenting, everyone! Great to hear all your stories… the winner has been chosen and the contest is now CLOSED.

16 comments
chant808
chant808

Thanks, everyone, for commenting! Nice to hear your stories... good, bad and disastrous! The contest is now CLOSED. Party on, and have a fun and safe NYE!

fionag
fionag

I spent last NYE feezing in the mainland. I'm happy to spending this year in HI, hopefully on a yht watching some fireworks!

Banana
Banana

Entry #2 - I remember what I did now! I had a "friend" that I heard was having a little get-together at her place. I had been there before and googled mapped it, following along for several miles on "street level" from a landmark I knew. I found exactly where her house was and bus info to and from. I fortunately had some money that night. Enough for a bottle and bus fare to and from anywhere on the island. I called said friend, and got the old "There'll be kids here," excuse.

1. It was a Blue Moon.
2. It was New Year's Eve.
3. Apparently, I can't be trusted around children.

It didn't matter that we had done shows in the past and that at the start of the New Year, we'd begin rehearsals for our next big project. Apparently, there was a mutual friend (whom I later discovered lived right here in Makiki!) that was also attending and if she could give me a lift back home AFTER, I could come. I said don't bother. I can catch the bus there just fine and AFTER, if there's no room for me to lay my head (get real), I'll just kick it at the bus stop. The bus started running at 4, which was no big deal for me.

I thought I'd just catch the bus there after I called her. Mind you. I had no phone in those days. Facebook was my only means of communication. I also got the old "internet connection was down" excuse because I said facebook me if I can come and so-and-so can give me a lift home. No facebook message, saying come on down and celebrate the New Year on a Blue Moon with friends! I get the same old excuses. I knew at least two (including the host) of them had a "smart phone" and could've easily fb'd me to come down.

Now, I can hold a grudge, but I've swept this under the rug long ago. I'm only just now reliving the experience. Being all habut on facebook 'cuz I didn't make plans ahead of time. Drinking two bottles of malt liqour, ringing in 2010 all by my lonesome thinking I'm a horrible person.

If I'm lucky enough to be selected to win these two tickets, I'll also hold a contest on my facebook. Rather than make it random, I'll have my "friends" write why I should give them the extra ticket. A MINIMUM of 100 words. Best response gets to escort me to the best NYE party. Sucks to be those that have chosen to hide all posts by me! Bwahahahahaha!

Banana
Banana

Ok. Last year? Jeez. What year was that>? 2009? Ummmmmm. Ok. I didn't end up in hand cuffs....I know that much. Something boring with my parents? I dunno. Oh! Oh!! Ooooohhhh!!!! I most likely spent it at home making sure my house didn't get burnt down by the morons in my neighborhood!

s4xton
s4xton

I was recovering. After Christmas, I slipped and fell breaking my pinky finger. But didn't truly knew it was broken for a few days because I was partying non-stop. Weather was icy that night so I stayed in. Lame. Hopefully this year will be better, especially living in Hawaii.

mizzalish
mizzalish

Cabbed it to the Sheraton along with Hundreds of other party goers. Danced the night away. We did almost die on our way home from our BAD Korean taxi driver. He barely spoke engish, didnt know where jack in the box was on Ward and he even ordered his own meal at the drive through. Oh wat a night.

rebecca
rebecca

we were living in kailua last year and excited to hit the town for some NYE excitement. unfortunately, no one gave us the skinny on kailua's NYE celebrations...mainly that most people on the windward side flee to honolulu/waikiki to join the "real" scene. we had to hunt for a bar in kailua that stayed open until midnight and it was thoroughly underwhelming. this year, we're looking forward to ringing in the new year in a more lively, stylish and celebratory way!

LolaLove
LolaLove

I let my friend dress me up in a ridiculous la'me (the fabric, not lame) outfit and danced in foam at soho...that was after a family friendly house party and the kiddy went to bed. when i left soho i had black chunks of nastiness all over my body. :(

JoeKostas
JoeKostas

I watched this 80's coverband with my family back in Ohio. They we're good but its funny to see middle aged white people dance when they're a little too drunk. It would have been more fun if they played the song i requested..."Cold Blooded" by Rick James.

fionag
fionag

oops-on a yaht :)

chant808
chant808

@s4xton Awww, I do hope this year will be better for you! At least you don't have ice to worry about here :-)

rebecca
rebecca

@chant808 @rebecca @chant808 - funny enough, we moved from kailua to haleiwa a week ago. i know, i know, from one snoozy town to another. although we like to live in small towns, we like to dress up and party with the crowds in honolulu/waikiki, which is where you'll find us on 12/31 (and undoubtedly on 1/1 as well) :)

chant808
chant808

@rebecca Thanks for weighing in, Rebecca! Didya ever find out if anything's going on this year in Kailua, or are you folks coming into Honolulu to join the party?

chant808
chant808

@LolaLove So apparently la'me is unsearchable on Google... what is that, exactly? Ewwww @ the foam chunks :-/