Karaoke masters and gaming fiends celebrated the holidays at the Nocturna Lounge Christmas Party on Saturday night. The party raged on through the night and featured free karaoke, food and drink specials. There were also prize giveaways, with taste samples from the Ciroc girls.
Aerial acrobats dazzled the crowd at Falling Up: Aerial Circus Kaka’ako, held in Kaka’ako Agora on Saturday night. The event was hosted by Shelley Simpson, who had a past near-death experience when she fell 15 feet during an aerial performance. She celebrates her good fortune by organizing the annual Falling Up event, which raises money for the Oahu Fringe Festival.
Saturday’s show featured acrobats on trapezes and aerial silks, performing burlesque and even pouring champagne. There also was a silent auction, along with food and drinks.
Hoku Kon, Oahu’s newest comic, science fiction, gaming and fantasy convention, held a preview day Sunday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki. The preview gave a taste for what’s to come at the inaugural Hoku Kon, organized by the same people who run Kawaii Kon and scheduled for July 24-26, 2015, at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Sunday’s gathering featured cosplayers along with art, hobby and craft vendors. Various geek-themed activities were scheduled throughout the day, such as a trivia contest and cosplay runway.
Chinatown was in full party mode for First Friday December 2014. We raged with the best of them at NextDoor, Downbeat Diner and Bar 35. We also took a look at the brand-new Bethel Street Tap Room, in the old RaKuen space on Bethel Street, and the annual Hawaii Glassblower’s exhibit at The Arts at Mark’s Garage.
The Republik hosted round three of the Bacardi Iron DJ challenge on Tuesday night. Local DJs battled on the wheels of steel by mixing together six genres of music within a five-minute time limit. A panel of judges made up of DJs Paco, Anit and Compose determined who would be advancing to the final round. Competitors consisted of DJs Jrama, Shift, Taco, Technique, Tittahbyte and Toma. As a result of technical skill and winning the crowd, DJs Toma and Jrama were selected to advance to the final round, which will be held on Dec. 16.