Party pics: Super CW’s Sunny Daze CD Party

Christa Wittmier, aka Super CW, threw a bash at The Safehouse at Republik Friday night for her new mix CD, Sunny Daze. A summer-infused house/club music setlist, DJs ADHDJ, Zilla, Gnaraly and Deko joining her on the decks and people dancing on the floor made for good vibes all night.

Super CW's Sunny Daze CD Party

Super CW's Sunny Daze CD Party

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It’s almost Halloween! What’s new (and what’s canceled)

Hooray, it’s almost Halloween!

If you love the Halloween season as much as I do, you’re probably already out shopping for costumes and keeping an eye peeled for spooky accessories and decorations. Here’s some insider information on what’s new; who’s already announced Halloween parties; and sadly, which iconic parties are canceled this year. Later, we’ll be running a roundup of Halloween events, so look for that.

spiritnSpirit Halloween stores in Honolulu: Last year was the first year Spirit Halloween stores arrived in Honolulu. This year, the national chain is back with two stores — one in the Ward area (at the former Nordstrom Rack space at Kamakee and Queen streets) and at 683-771 Iwilei Road, off Nimitz near Party City. A one-stop shop for all things Halloween, Spirit has an extensive selection of costumes, accessories, effects & makeup and creepy decor.

Trending on their website right now: “Frozen,” “Batman,” “Star Wars,” “Game Of Thrones,” “Walking Dead,” “Maleficent,” “Ninja Turtles” and “Day Of The Dead.”

IMG_4918Cancelled: Crazy, Sexy, GHOULIf you’ve ever been to a Crazy, Sexy, GHOUL party, you’ll know why it’s sad that this huge Halloween bash has been canceled this year. Commonly known as the best pre-Halloween party in Hawaii, the event typically sold out The Waterfront at Aloha Tower, with almost 4,000 people dressed up in elaborate costumes. But a giant party that was open to everyone was never the intention of its organizers, Diamond Head HUI. So this year, they’re regrouping, reassessing and taking a break to get back to the original vision of a smaller, more exclusive gathering, with all the proceeds going to charity.

“The plan is to return in 2015 with an exclusive party of 1,500 guests, where everybody in attendance knows somebody in Diamondhead HUI,” organizer David Hayakawa said in a message earlier this month. “We considered reducing the size of the party this year, but telling 2,500 people that they can’t get tickets seemed like a recipe for a disaster, so we decided to shut down for the year while we prepare for a new GHOUL in 2015.”

Projected hot spots:

HHallowbaloo: Saturday, Oct. 25
Chinatown Arts District, 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Free admission to block party
Halloween falls on a Friday this year, which means no holds barred for the nightclubs and promoters hosting events. Rather than throw the giant Hallowbaloo Block Party in Chinatown on Halloween night and compete with everyone else, promoter Mark Tarone has decided to do the big event on Saturday, Oct. 25, a week ahead of the madness. With live music, special guests, street food and insane costumes everywhere you turn, this block party has been putting Halloween in Honolulu on the map. More information

M gotham cityGotham City Masquerade Block Party, Friday, October 31
M Nightclub and Restaurant Row, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
$15 general admission
Restaurant Row’s third annual Halloween block party promises to be one of the major hot spots on Halloween night, with free admission til midnight, a big costume contest with a combined total of $1000 in cash prizes, plus the Batman theme. Limited eye masks will be provided for early guests. More information

ARTafterDARK:’Nightmare on Beretania Street,’ Friday, October 31
Honolulu Museum of Art, 6-9 p.m.
$10 regular admission, free for museum members
ARTafterDARK gives a nod to classic horror films with this monthly event, which conveniently falls smack on Halloween night. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their terrifying best. More information

9Halloween in Waikiki, Friday, Oct. 31
Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki, all night
Bar and club cover charges vary
Thousands of people converge on Waikiki just to walk the streets in costume and partake in the festive atmosphere on Halloween night. Various bars and clubs along the strip will be throwing their own Halloween parties.


Party pics: First Friday September 2014

We dropped in briefly on First Friday this month to capture scenes from some of the lively happenings around the Chinatown Arts District, including a Diamond Head-themed showcase of mixed media at The ARTS at Marks Garage, Red Lantern at the Chinatown Courtyard, and the Hotel Street block.

First Friday September 2014

First Friday September 2014

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HFWF 2014: After-party @ Republik

This year, the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival after-party was moved to The Republik on Friday night, with food tents featuring innovative sample plates by six of Hawaii’s top chefs and guest mixologists from New York creating cocktails inside, with live music by Irie Love and NESIAN N.I.N.E. The star of the show was DJ /Chef Hubert Keller, known both for his signature French restaurants, Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and for his skills and enthusiasm behind the decks.

Spotted: “Man v. Food” star Adam Richman, and Honolulu nightlife industry leaders, including Pint & Jigger’s Dave Newman, Pig and the Lady’s Kyle Reutner and Surrender Bar owner Michael Chong.

Most buzzed-about: Tiki master Brian Miller’s flaming pineapple cocktails with Kona coffee-infused Appleton rum, Chef Colin Hazama’s amazing ahi pastrami plate with chicharrones and sweetbread.

HFWF 2014: After-Party @ Republik

HFWF: After-Party @ Republik

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Photos by Tracy Chan and Eric Baranda

Video by Ed Morita

Party pics: Bacardi Labor Day Pool Party

Party people from all over the island turned out in droves for another epic holiday edition of the Bacardi Pool Party, this time on the pool deck of the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel. Fun, sun, Bacardi drinks all ’round and special guest DJ ColeCo rocked the Labor Day party, thrown by Contrast Magazine, Super CW and Compose.

Bacardi Labor Day Pool Party

Bacardi Labor Day Pool Party

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Photos by Tracy Chan and contributor Kaimana Pine