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

Party pics: SOJA @ Waikiki Shell

Reggae & dub band SOJA played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Waikiki Shell Saturday in a grand finale to their Hawaii tour, which also landed on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui. Opening were Michael Franti and Spearhead, with indie rap icon Murs making an appearance on stage both before and during the main performance.

SOJA @ Waikiki Shell

SOJA @ Waikiki Shell

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Party pics: REAL Beer Festival 2014

The second annual REAL Beer Festival, hosted by REAL a Gastropub and local nonprofit The Victoria Foundation, took place Saturday afternoon at Kakaako Gateway Park, after being postponed a week due to Hurricane Iselle.

About 1,600 beer lovers attended the event, which featured more than 60 craft beers from all over the world, food from some of Hawaii’s top restaurants and live music and performances and appearances by celebrity brewmasters from around the country. Tickets included a commemorative beer mug, ten beer tasting coupons and unlimited sampling of the beer-centric food dishes.

Part of the proceeds will go to the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation to help with their work toward building a sustainable local agriculture industry.

REAL Beer Festival 2014

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Honolulu Night + Market August: Summer Stage

HFor August, Night Market rearranged Cooke Street slightly, but with the same great mix of live music, street food, fashion, shopping and colorful performances that attracts thousands of people each month. This month featured the debut of the King’s Hawaiian food truck, the same King’s that makes the famous Hawaiian sweet bread. King’s has partnered with the KCC Culinary Arts Program to operate this truck on Oahu, serving local-inspired dishes such as last night’s offerings: Portuguese bean soup and grilled sweet bread, a lechon kawali burger, bahn mi sliders and a fried ice cream roll.

Musicians Erin Smith & her band and Cradle to the Grave also performed on the Cooke Street side, with the Salt + Liko fashion show taking place on an alternate runway behind the Pinch of Salt warehouse. Street performers, including a stilt walker and Maori performance troupe Rongomau from New Zealand, circulated throughout Night Market, adding to the lively atmosphere. The end of Cooke Street was given to Wow Wow Lemonade to expand their operations, and dozens of people lined up to partake in the delicious lemonade flavors, hand-squeezed and mixed on the spot. The new Honolulu Beerworks also got in on the action, debuting their beer garden with a live band and a packed drinking area.

Photos by Tracy Chan and Bianca Bystrom-Pino.

Honolulu Night + Market: Summer Stage

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Party pics: Hawaii Horror Ball

Hawaii’s inaugural Horror Ball, inspired Portland’s event of the same name, was a celebration Friday night at NextDoor of all things horror, from the classic films, literature and art to modern body horror, foreign gore movies and psychological horror that make us shiver with dread.
A few features of the Ball were a live performance by metal band Aphesis (formerly Reverie), a horror costume contest with a $100 cash prize for the attendee with the coolest horror-themed costume (congratulations, Dana of Cosmic Koi for winning with his self-made dark angel outfit!) and a fashion show featuring Kreative Art Services (Robin Pullman), -Darkly Darling (Erica Antoine) and Hunter Vain.

Hawaii Horror Ball

Hawaii Horror Ball

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