Hawaiian performer Chief Sielu is on a lifelong quest to educate and entertain the world about Polynesian traditions, a passion that has taken him to appearances on the BBC, MTV, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Dubbed the "coconut man," the chief immerses all comers in island culture at spectacular luaus. On stage, he and his tribe balance revelry and education with high-energy ritual and knife-dancing performances, participatory dances and art making, and a large supper of Hawaiian staples such as poi and braised surfboard fillets. If you can catch his ear, Sielu might have a lot of stories to share: in the course of his ambassadorial travels, he's lit the Olympic torch in Salt Lake City by throwing a flaming spear and been the subject of the documentary film Chief, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
The inaugural Roots by the Sea festival invites more than 20 of the island’s most popular reggae bands to converge upon Makapu’u Meadows in an all-ages jamboree honoring the birthday of rasta legend Bob Marley. Grassy meadows give way to gorgeous island views as eight hours of mellow Jamaican beats fill two stages. Headlining the rock-steady brigade, celebrated Oahu sextet The Green lets loose with the uplifting harmonies and dancehall hits that put it on Billboard’s Top 10 reggae chart. Among the score of other artists, in-demand Hawaiian party band Natural Vibrations, known to fans as Natty Vibes, produces positive energy with wind-powered dreadlocks, and Father Psalms lays down straightforward tributes to reggae greats and the spiritual life. The University of Hawaii cheerleaders inject the blissed-out atmosphere with the excitement of a dance-off, paying tribute to Bob Marley’s groundbreaking if subtle use of pom-poms in the recording studio.
Since releasing its self-produced EP in 2007, LA-based Hyper Crush has fueled dance floors around the world with in-your-face lyrics set to energetic hip-hop and electro beats. The trio spins party-ready pulses against flashy light shows that get feet moving faster than The Flash running on a treadmill. Hits such as "Kick Us Out," "Flip the Switch," and "Keep Up" kick-start a high-speed chase of lyrics that embrace nightlife, dance moves, and courtship from a modern perspective. Audiences will enjoy ample space for grooving in the newly remodeled Zouk nightclub, a self-proclaimed adult playground boasting a state-of-the-art sound system, four full-service bars, and a slide papered with Sudoku puzzles. Outfitted in retro-glam décor, including smoked mirrors and velvet walls, the club insists on patrons dressed to the nines, urging them to don proper club attire, such as heels, dresses, or collared shirts, in order to get inside.
Since its founding in 1901, The Hawaii Yacht Club has been considered one of Hawaii's best-kept secrets. That's because its grounds, nestled in the Ala Wait Boat Harbor against the Pacific, provides a wide spectrum of sailing, fishing, class, family, and social activities for its members. The group's territory encompasses a clubhouse, a well-stocked bar, and The Galley—an onsite seafood restaurant that offers spectacular views of boats cruising amongst a sunset backdrop. In addition to affordable libations, live music, and late-night dancing being available up to three evenings per week, the weekly Friday Night Racing Series allows members to closely witness the finish of boat competitions as they pull into the harbor. Patrons may also solicit the space for private parties of up to 200 people.
Fire dancers, fireworks and all-night tunes can only mean one thing?it?s the New Year?s Eve ?Party of the Year," top-rated by the Honolulu Pulse in 2012 and 2013. Divided into different zones, the party offers more than 20 live bands- including national recording artists Steel Pulse-and DJs that pump out hits throughout the evening. Partiers enjoy entertainment such as food trucks, beer gardens, an LED ferris wheel, mechanical bulls and laser light shows. Hourly fireworks shows lead up to the big finish, a $25K display set to help ring in the new year at midnight.