Destination partying is definitely something I would recommend for anyone coming of age. Ibiza or Corfu were the hot spots to hit in my day, easily accessible by plane and with mega fun dance music playing all the time–a holiday package where all of your entertainment and leisure is pretty much decided and scheduled out for you?
A year ago, I cruised with Caleb Shinobi, in his eyepatch and Alexander McQueen platforms, at one of the first events then-promoter Andreas Counnas pulled off at Aloha Tower. Now, Counnas is set to open the next level in nightlife: The Sunset Room, and I am more excited about the giant lanai at this 7,000-square-foot space than the sound system and all of the headliners set to fly in for the first month!
Last December, I struggled to pull together a huge end of the year party in a warehouse so big it felt like it was an airplane hangar. Bringing in risers for a DJ stage, having artists paint the walls and renting tables and chairs didn’t do much to make the place appear any smaller, and the amount of people I expected to come was considerably less than what it would take to fill the place.
When it comes to the nightlife, it seems like there are plenty of good motivators to get everyone out of their comfort zones and out the door; free stuff, DJs and music everyone knows, good-looking people and great parking all seem like golden carrots bright enough to bring anybody out, but more often than not Honolulu at night is the same scene, with the same crowd. Look at First Friday.