Party pics: Jameson Bartenders’ Ball 2015

The annual Jameson Bartenders Ball, sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, is known as one of the best “bartender appreciation” events of the year, and for good reason. The invitation-only event, open to bartenders and bar/club management only, is a crazy night to celebrate Honolulu’s hard-working bartenders in style. This year’s party, held at The Republik, included entertainment by a live band and DJ, and Jameson products of all flavors!

Jameson Bartenders' Ball 2015

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Party pics: Bacardi Memorial Day Pool Party 2015

In what has become a Memorial Day tradition, the Bacardi Pool Party raged on the seventh-floor pool deck of the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel Monday afternoon, with Bacardi Limon, Kaimana bikinis, food, floaty toys, and all kinds of madness to be had.

Bacardi Memorial Day Pool Party 2015

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Lantern Floating Hawaii 2015

Photo by Trenton Kakazu

Photo by Trenton Kakazu

An estimated 50,000 people from around the globe came to Magic Island to remember their loved ones at the 17th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, a beautiful, emotional event made possible by the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple and its head, Her Holiness Shinso Ito. The program included hula, Hawaiian chants, taiko drumming and the symbolic torch lighting of the Light of Harmony by key leaders of the community. At the end of the program, in a longstanding Buddhist tradition honoring the souls of the departed, lanterns were set afloat from the shore, bearing with them the hopes, well wishes and remembrances of those present.

Photos by Tracy Chan and Trenton Kakazu.

Lantern Floating Hawaii 2015

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Party pics: Grand Opening of The District

Five weeks after Element Group’s newest club opened its doors to the public, the new nightlife hot spot in what was formerly Bar Seven celebrated its official grand opening with former Las Vegas resident and Hawaii Veteran DJ TOMA, backed up by local hip-hop DJ Osna.

Grand Opening of The District

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Party pics: Nocturna Lounge’s 4th Anniversary

Nocturna Lounge, Restaurant Row’s popular, state-of-the-art gaming/karaoke lounge, celebrated its fourth anniversary Saturday with food, a cake, prize giveaways, free karaoke and $3 drinks all night. It was a packed house all night, with groups of friends crowding in to play Street Fighter, sing karaoke songs or just hang out at their favorite weekend spot. Happy birthday, Nocturna!

Nocturna Lounge's 4th Anniversary

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Photo by Tracy Chan