Party pics: Eli-Mac & Likkle Mai

Eli-Mac, otherwise known as “American Idol” contestant Camile Velasco, celebrated the release of her “Dubstop” EP Friday night at The Republik. The sold-out reggae show also featured Japanese reggae star Likkle Mai and opened with local musicians The Vitals and The Jimmy Weeks Project.

Likkle Mai & Eli-Mac

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Likkle Mai & Eli-Mac

Party pics: Champagne, Cupcakes & Chandeliers

Ong King hosted a fun costume party Saturday night, with attendees dressing up in their finest, most dapper clothes to enjoy cupcakes, wine, Champagne and a lineup of performers that included the talented Taimane Gardner and several other live bands, pole dancers, burlesque, fire dancing and a costume contest.

Champagne, Cupcakes and Chandeliers

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Champagne, Cupcakes and Chandeliers

Party pics: NYE Party of the Year 2014

Happy New Year! Oahu’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, Party of the Year at Kakaako Park, welcomed 2015 in style, with Eat the Street food trucks in the parking lot; a ferris wheel and other carnival rides; multiple stages of live DJs and bands; firedancers; stilt walkers and other performers. The entertainment headliners included Steel Pulse, Caked Up and Far East Movement.

There was also a fireworks show every hour, starting from 9 p.m. to the grand midnight finale, including a super VIP elevated platform with a great view of the fireworks and the entire park.

NYE Party of the Year 2014

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NYE Party of the Year 2014

Party pics: Reveal NYE @ RumFire

RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki — newly renovated and with a brand-new oceanfront bar and poolside cabanas — celebrated New Year’s Eve with an uber-classy party featuring aerial dancers; DJs Tina T, Evil One, Mike D and Technique spinning from a perch above the crowd; and a gorgeous, first-rate view of the fireworks at midnight.

Reveal NYE @ RumFire

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Reveal NYE @ RumFire

RumFire debuts Oceanfront Bar & VIP Cabanas

With its recent renovations, RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki has effectively transformed a lounge/lobby area into a second oceanfront bar, complete with poolside VIP cabanas, all done in bright, cheerful colors. The new bar and cabanas will make its official debut Wednesday at RumFire’s New Year’s Eve party, but we got an early look at Monday’s VIP preview.

Here’s a look inside:

RumFire's Oceanfront Bar & VIP Cabanas

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The side of RumFire closest to the Infinity Pool has been closed for renovations, and we were among the first to spy the changes, including a very nice VIP cabana lounge overlooking the pool; a new bar; and a revamped pupu and cocktail menu.