Category Archives: Night Life

New Years Eve Block Party at Restaurant Row

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This New Years Eve there is always a lot of options to pick from when trying to find a way to celebrate the coming of another year. This year the M Nightclub and Tantriq Entertainment are hosting a New Years Eve Block Party at Restaurant Row in Honolulu. This event will be something to remember as we greet 2015 in style.The block party will begin at 9 p.m and is a combination indoor and outdoor venue. Tickets can be purchased here, if you were unable to purchase tickets in advance there will be a chance to pay upon entering the block party on New Years Eve.

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This New Years Eve Block Party will take place between 9 p.m and 4 a.m. Come on down and enjoy the Star Studded New Years Eve party. The theme for this years event is “Old Hollywood”, and will feature all of the glitz and glamour that was celebrated during that time. Guests will reminisce about the past year and look forward to their future endeavors in the coming year. There will be a complimentary champagne toast, and classy party favors for every guest. The New Years Eve Block Party at Restaurant Row will also allow guests to catch an amazing view of the fireworks show at midnight. Fashionable attire is required in order to attend this soiree, and guests are encouraged to dress in the theme of the evening, which is “Old Hollywood”.

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This amazing event is for 21 and over only, and will feature drink specials from Grey Goose Vodka, and Budweiser. There is also a VIP guest list and packages begin at $400 for 4 people. If you would like to get VIP access you can email ” info@mnlhnl.com ” and request a VIP package.. If you need more information or have additional questions you can ask via the same email address or just call (808) 529-0010. Free parking is available to all guests who attend. I hope everyone has a safe and fun New Years Eve celebration.

Written by James Bredeson

New Years Eve Celebration at Kakaako Waterfront

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There are quite a few New Years Eve celebrations going on this year. The New Years Eve Celebration at Kakaako Waterfront has been voted Hawaii’s best show for the last four years running. There is something for everyone at this one stop block party. This is one heck of a party, the area is separated into many different sections that offer all different types of entertainment for your enjoyment. Prices vary depending upon the experience you want at the New Years Eve Celebration at Kakaako Waterfront. You can click here for a list of prices.

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The first two areas offer E.K. Fernandez rides and carnival games as well the well known “Eat the Streets” experience. There will be over 40 food trucks and vendors for you to make your way through and sample all kinds of wares. E.K. Fernandez will provide plenty of rides and games including a giant LED ferris wheel.

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Area Three will be home to the live bands section. There will be many amazing live bands playing for the crowds enjoyment including national recording artists; Steel Pulse, Jimmy Weeks Project, Kaipo Kapua, and many more. Area Four is where you will find the DJ Stage. The DJ’s will be spinning the latest and hottest Las Vegas mashups and hip hop top 40 hits. This area will also feature some of the nations hottest DJ’s like, Far East Movement and Caked up. This hot DJ’s will be helping us bring in 2015 with their countdown performances.

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Areas 5 & 6 are for the VIP and Super VIP elevated skydeck. This exclusive area is an elevated skydeck that offers a 360 degree view from the deck around the entire event area and a magnificent view of the firework shows. There is one every hour starting at 9 p.m until midnight. With your VIP access pass you will get access to the skydeck, exclusive bars, bottle service and food. You must be 21 or over in order to have access to the VIP skydeck.

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The last area is home to some other attractions that are fun and include, a mechanical bull, fire dance performers, and many other attractions for you to check out. One ticket will get you access to all of these areas (except for the VIP and Super VIP areas), including the fireworks and all the music stages. What better value can you get for your New Years Eve Celebration! Hope everyone has a great and safe time this New Years Eve. You can click here to check out how the areas are mapped out and find parking.

Written by James Bredeson

The History of “Aloha Friday”

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We have all heard the phrase “Aloha Friday” out here in Hawaii, but have you ever asked yourself where it came from? Today I decided to find out and share the knowledge with you. It is well known that aloha Friday is the last work day of the week, however did you know that aloha Friday started the worldwide phenomenon of casual Friday? We will get to that but first lets go back in time and see how it all began.

The city and county of Honolulu used to allow their workers to wear casual sports shirts during the summer months in 1946. These were the warmest months during the year and it allowed for the employees to be comfortable while working. Then in 1962 the Hawaiian Fashion Guild began promoting the wearing of aloha attire in the workplace, particularly as business attire. So in the early 1960′s, fashion designers began designing the aloha shirt with subdued colors and patterns. So the Hawaiian Fashion Guild began a campaign called “Operation Liberation”. They then distributed two aloha shirts to every member of the Hawaii House of Representatives and the Hawaii Senate. Soon after that a resolution was passed in the Senate that recommended aloha attire be worn throughout the summer, starting on Lei Day. 

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When the resolution passed it became a common practice for employees to wear aloha shirts on the last workday of the week. Aloha Friday officially began in 1966, and by the 1970′s here in Hawaii it was an accepted practice to wear an aloha shirt every day of the week as business attire. As the popularity continued to grow, businesses located on the mainland started to take notice and eventually adopted the practice. As it spread around the globe, it was called “casual” Friday and people would be allowed to dress down on the last workday before the weekend. Today the practice continues and it allows people to get in the mood for the weekend.

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A local musician took notice of this phenomenon and recorded a catchy tune in 1982. Whats the name of that tune you ask? Why it’s “It’s Aloha Friday, No Work Til Monday”, and was recorded by Kimo Kahoano. You can hear it playing on almost every radio station in Hawaii on a Friday morning. Since then it has long been considered Hawaii’s version of “Thank God It’s Friday”, TGIF.

Written by James Bredeson

Gameday entertainment at Hawaii Bowl

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It’s not only the football that we look forward to on gameday, the entertainment is also watched. From the pregame entertainment to the halftime show, the gameday entertainment is an integral part of a football game. This years entertainment will feature Maunalua, Dita Holifield, and Jordan Segundo. This years gameday entertainment at the Hawaii Bowl is sure to be very entertaining.

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First of we have Dita Holifield singing the National Anthem. She is a great singer as well as a local DJ and songwriter. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Dita Holifield made her way to Hawaii and has made a name for herself throughout the country music scene. She has been asked to open for many people over her career including, Willie Nelson, Brooks and Dunn, Leann Rimes, Joe Diffe, and Brad Paisley. With her resume and amazing vocals the National Anthem will be in excellent hands.

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Next to perform will be Jordan Segundo, who will be performing Hawai’i Pono’i. Hawai’i Pono’i is the current State Song of Hawaii, in case you didn’t already know that. Jordan Segundo started his current national recognition by competing on … you guessed it “American Idol”. He was a season two finalist. Due to the exposure provided by his performance on the show Jordan was invited to play for President Obama at the annual Democratic Party Convention Banquet here in Hawaii. He has performed at multiple L  A Lakers games, sang with Kenny Loggins at his CD release party, and shared top billing with Jennifer Hudson for concerts. I think he will do a masterful job of the State Song.

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Maunalua will be taking on the halftime show at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The band was formed in 1993 and their first album was released in 2000. Their first album, which was titled “Moanalua”, was wildly successful and won the Hawaiian Album of the Year at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Their last album was released in 2007 and the group won another award for “Group of the Year”. Moanalua performed at the Presidential Inauguration Luau in 2009 for President Obama in Washington DC. Later in 2009 they were the stars of the “Curators of Hawaiian Music” concert series playing at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Their next album is planned for a December 2014 release. They will be performing three of their classic hits and the island Christmas classic “Mele Kalikimaka”.

This years gameday entertainment at the Hawaii Bowl is sure to fire up the crowd and keep everyone interested. I can’t wait to see how all of these wonderful performers do at their respective gigs on December 24. Hope to see everyone support the local talent that is all over this years gameday entertainment at the Hawaii Bowl. You  will be able to watch the game live, or on your television or mobile device on ESPN or the WatchESPN app respectively.

Written by James Bredeson

Pearl Harbor Annual Festival of Lights

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I took the time to check out some more holiday decorations this weekend and it was an amazing experience. The guys over at Pearl Harbor went all out with their Annual Festival of Lights! I was looking for something to do and came across the information for this and checked it out. The displays on the ships and submarines were impressive and it was great to see the Navy and Air Force go out of their way to spread some holiday cheer for everyone to see. I know there was a lot of thought and work put into these displays and to see what they come up with for this year was exciting.

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There was a good group of visitors that had gathered at the Merry Point Landing for the evening boat tours in order to view the show of lights. Merry music and children’s joyous exclamations rang out through the evening air. It was a great experience and heartwarming to see the displays and be a part of the holiday spirit. Service members and families from around the island also attended the festivities, and for many it was a rare occasion to see ships and submarines up close.

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I found that this was a great opportunity to get out on the water and see the ships and holiday spirit. It is something that I would like to do each year, because each ship has something different every time. It is fun and exciting to see which ship or submarine has the most holiday cheer. During the festival, ships and submarines also participate in an annual light decoration contest. They also competed in other categories that included best decorations, best hospitality, best Christmas skit, best choir and a scrooge award. If you have never had the chance to check out some of these magnificent displays I would definitely take the time to check these displays out.

Written by James Bredeson

Rock Bottom Bar and Grill

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I was looking for a chill place to hang out with my buddies and we stumbled across this dive bar and thought ‘what the heck, why not?’. We were pleasantly surprised by our time at this place, wholly unexpected. We got over to the spot a little earlier than the normal crowd and the bartenders/servers were relaxed and really helpful. They have great specials each and every day, and a killer menu. What was this awesome place you ask? Why it’s Rock Bottom Bar and Grill!

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We tried a few different things such as the patty melt, garlic fries, mini corndogs, and the garlic chicken. The food was cooked well and was a welcome change from most bar kitchen food. Here is the complete menu for you to look at. This bar also has everything else you would want in a local neighborhood bar such as pool tables, dart boards, beer pong tables, plenty of TV’s, and good music all served with reasonably priced drinks. Sometimes they do have a cover but never more than $5, and usually on nights when they have special events like the UFC fights or the live band.

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We all agreed that this was a very chill place to come relax and hang out with friends. There is plenty of room and we never really felt crowded. They do also have karaoke upstairs as well as another bar and the pool tables. It is located near UH and we found plenty of parking and it was one of the best random spots that I have ever found out here. The address is 2535 Coyne Street, Honolulu Hawaii and it is called Rock Bottom Bar and Grill.

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Written by James Bredeson

Double Decker Tour of Honolulu Hale Christmas Lights

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‘Tis the season and Honolulu is decorated with lights and everyone is in a festive mood. Children are playing and parents are shopping for Christmas gifts, so why not take a break and enjoy a relaxing tour of the Honolulu Christmas Lights? Polynesian Adventure Tours offers a very unique way for you to experience this Honolulu Holiday Tradition. Our Double Decker Tour of the Honolulu Christmas Lights offers you a one of a kind bus tour with spacious open air views of the decorations.

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The Honolulu Christmas Lights plus Waikiki After Dark tour has 3 convenient locations to board on the way to see the beautiful Christmas decorations including; Ward Center, Honolulu Hale and Bishop Square. Once you have viewed the Honolulu Christmas Lights, enjoy the sights and sounds of Waikiki after dark from the perspective of our Double Decker buses. With stunning 360 degree views you won’t miss anything going on all around you. There are many different stops where you can be picked up in order to enjoy this special tour including, Aston Waikiki Beach, the Ilikai, Duke Kahanamoku Statue, and others.

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Families really enjoy the opportunity to travel on a double decker bus and children are always excited to see the Holiday Lights and decorations. Our tours run every day starting at 6:30-10:00 p.m. With this great package deal you get the best of two different tours all in one. Book your tour now, seats are filling up quickly and you may miss your chance. Mele Kalikimaka, and Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson

Honolulu BeerWorks Hidden Craft Brew in Kakaako

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I was introduced to this fun friendly hidden gem this weekend through a couple of friends of mine and I was hooked. This spot looked a lot smaller from the outside, but once we entered the door I was floored. The decor is rustic and very inviting. They boast open seating and a friendly environment, as can be attested to by the picnic table type seating arrangements. There is also a outdoor seating area where we met with our friends for a small birthday get together.

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The menu boasts many types of craft beers and everyone enjoyed the flavors of these amazing brews. They also have a way for you to try many different craft beers at the same time. You submit your list and they bring a small (4 oz) flight of your selections for you to enjoy. Since the flights are $2 each its a great way to try each of the selections if you are up for trying them all. The feeling I got from sitting in the open air section of the bar was one of a friends backyard while drinking beers and talking story.

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The menu is not complicated and offers some salads, sandwiches, soft pretzels, and mac and cheese. We tried the mac and cheese and it was served hot with a nice panko crust on the top and we agreed we all enjoyed it. I also had the Italian Hoagie, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sandwich, it was filling and served with a side of crispy chips and a beer flavored dill pickle that just hit the spot. We also had an order of the pretzel sticks and they were served with two dips to try out as well. One dip was a mustard mix, and one was warm nacho cheese, both worked really well with the warm pretzel sticks.

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Overall I really enjoyed the experience and ambiance of this small establishment in Kakaako. I will definitely have a place to take my friends when they come out to the islands to see me. I would suggest this place to anyone who enjoys micro brews or craft beers and is looking for a fun place to hang out in Kakaako. Perhaps I will even see you there, Aloha!

Written by James Bredeson

Upcoming Holiday Parades on Oahu for 2014

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With the holiday season upon us and excited children barely holding on to their patience before the big day, I thought I would make a list of Holiday Parades on Oahu that so everyone might have a chance to share in the spirit of the season. These parades are in seperate areas and spread out so that there is sure to be a parade near you. The festivities begin later this week and last through the majority of the month. On a related note, Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele have arrived at Honolulu Hale for the upcoming holiday season.

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December 4, 2014 Kaimuki Christmas Parade 6pm-8pm This event is expected to feature about 1,500 people marching along with 35 vehicles and 5 floats. The route will begin at St. Louis/Chaminade University and head to Waialae Avenue, continuing to Koko Head Ave, and ending at the Munincipal Parking Lot.
December 5, 2014 Wahiawa Town XMAS Parade 6pm-8pm This Holiday Parade is sponsored by the Wahiawa Community and Business Association, and is expecting to have approximately 300 marchers, 10 vehicles and 2 floats. The parade will begin at Kaala Elementary school to California Ave, to N. Cane Street and will be wrapping up at Center Street
December 6, 2014 Kaneohe Christmas Parade 9am-12pm This early morning parade is sponsored by the Kaneohe Christmas Parade Commitee and is expected to have 1,800 marchers, 40 vehicles, 18 floats, and 5 bands. The parade route runs from Windward Mall at Haiku Road and continue to Kamehameha Hwy, to K-Bay Drive and ending at Castle H.S.
December 6, 2014 Mililani Christmas Parade 9am-10:30am Starting at Mililani H.S. stadium at Kipapa St the parade will move past the Shopping Center onto Moenamanu St, following to Kuahelani Ave to Muehela Parkway and onto Lanikuhuna and finishing at Mililani Town Center. There is an estimated 1,500 marchers, 10 floats, 30 vehicles and 2 bands.
December 6, 2014 Pearl City Christmas Parade 4pm-6pm This event is sponsored by Pearl City Shopping Center. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 30 vehicles, with 10 floats. Beginning at Momilani Elementary School, to Hookiekie St., to Hoomoana St., to Hoolaulea St., and will end at the Pearl City Shopping Center.
December 6, 2014 Honolulu City Lights Parade 6pm -11pm this annual event is sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 40 floats & 15 vehicles. It will start near Aala Park to King St, and will end in a closed off portion of King St., between Punchbowl & South Sts.
December 7, 2014 Pearl City Christmas Parade 4pm-6pm This will be the second Pearl City Shopping Center Parade in case you missed the first one. Again its route will be Momilani Elementary School, to Hookiekie St., to Hoomoana St., to Hoolaulea St., and will end at the Pearl City Shopping Center.
December 7, 2014 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade 6pm-11pm This amazing parade is sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Memorial Committee. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 40 vehicles, 8 floats, and 10 bands. It will begin at Ft. DeRussy, to Kalakaua Ave., to end at the corner of Kapahulu, Kalakaua, Monsarrat Aves. by the grassy area fronting the Honolulu Zoo.

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There will also be many other parades and events in the coming weeks. There will be heavier traffic in these areas so be patient and spread the Aloha. Everyone needs to be safe and responsible and lets make this a great holiday season out here in paradise. Perhaps I’ll even see you out and about at one of these amazing Christmas events on Oahu.

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Written by James Bredeson

Hula Show in Waikiki – Aloha Friday November 14th

Looking for a little before dinner or afternoon entertainment? Look no farther, tomorrow in Waikiki is a hula show. This friday between 6 pm and 7 pm at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound there will be a free open air hula show. The Kuhio Beach Hula Mound is located near the Duke statue in Waikiki at Uluniu and Kalakau Avenue, beachside. This is a perfect setting to take your loved ones to see an amazing hula show. Waikiki is one of the most well known cities in Hawaii and has many great places to relax and grab dinner and a drink after the hula.

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Dress casual and bring out your chairs or beach mats or just grab some a piece of soft grass or sand, and settle in for an early evening show. The show begins with the traditional blowing of the conch shell and a fascinating moonlit evening on the beach in Oahu. This free show features the artistry of Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani and Kale Palai which will leave you transfixed. The show lasts approximately an hour, and you are certainly allowed to bring your cameras and film or take photographs during the show and capture these once in a lifetime memories during your Hawaii vacation. Perhaps I will even see you there tomorrow, Aloha

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Written by James Bredeson