Social Lite

Winding down and wrapping it up with Hawaii Five-0.
Image: Christa Wittmier

This week is what I affectionately refer to as my “hell week” at my day job. “Affectionately” because it’s impossible for any of it to be hell, but it was back-to-back events that are long, grueling, awesome and cumbersome. It gives zero free time and less than zero party time. I have no idea what’s going on right now. So I’m pretty excited to get back out there. A week away feels like an eternity. Yes, it might be the same places, the same faces, but these are the places that matter to me and make me happy. I might have heard that song already but you know what? The familiarity is what makes me feel comfortable and alive. I can’t wait to go out this weekend, you guys.

I was very sad to miss Gnarwal’s hugely anticipated EP release party at Mercury Bar. It’s pretty exciting how far that band has come. I remember meeting frontwoman Erica Westly up at the Dollhouse a few years ago, and she mentioned in a shy but somehow super-confident way that she was in a band. I could tell just from the way she talked about the band that they probably kicked so much ass. Listening to the tracks they are dropping online and seeing them play here and there, well, they definitely do. Taking the time to be in a band, align schedules, write music, and perform takes a lot of discipline–actually recording an album even more. If you are one of the few that hasn’t seen them yet, they do play tonight at Mercury Bar. I would recommend catching that show. I love that their record dropped just in time for Record Store Day this past weekend. I’m ordering a white one if they didn’t already sell out.

The only night I managed to get anywhere was Sunday, which was one for the books. Cycle City hosted one of the best wrap parties yet that Hawaii Five-0 has had. I didn’t even know you could do events there. They are pros. The place was transformed. Hogs were moved off the motorcycle showroom floors and replaced with cocktail tables and a stage. Anuhea jammed to a hugely receptive crowd of almost 500 guests and I found myself spending way too much time staring across the room at an extremely attractive Alex O’Loughlin, laughing and talking with his crew. I remember the first time I met him and he turned my hand over after shaking it to look at the tattoo on my wrist. He kept holding my hand as I told him how each star represented a different country that I had traveled to, and I found myself drawing out the story as long as I could so he wouldn’t let go. That is one sexy man. Grace Park, Masi Oka, Taylor Willy and Daniel Dae Kim were also there with Executive Producer Peter Lenkrov to celebrate the wrap of Season 2. For two years in a row, the scheduling was not in their favor as they all had to go to work super early the next morning but it didn’t stop them from dancing their faces off until the very end. I seriously love those party monsters. Congratulations on a great second season. I can’t wait to see who comes out to guest-star for Season 3 (please bring back Reggie; please bring back Reggie).