In The Mix
New nightclub is deep secret in Waikiki
EVEN THOUGH Deep Blue, Waikiki's newest nightspot, is located right on Kalakaua Avenue, it's easy to miss if you're not paying attention.
Don't bother venturing into the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, as you might have when "Feng Shui" was going on at Ciao Mein. Deep Blue is accessible via a stairway next door to Furusato at the hotel (both establishments are owned by Chikara Yanagiya, along with L'Uraku here in Honolulu).
According to manager Carl Worthy, Deep Blue will operate as a supper club with live entertainment throughout the week. Early evenings will be devoted to live jazz and swing music, with DJ Christian Ross taking over around 10 p.m.
After performing with surprise guest Danny Kaleikini at a preview party on Oct. 28, jazz diva Azure McCall continues every weeknight except Wednesdays at the club. I'm also pretty sure it will only be a matter of time before an outside promoter is hired to help draw the late-night crowd on weekends ...
OTHER NEWS from clubland: I finally got official word about a new nightclub at Ala Moana Center. Pearl is set to open up shop on the top level of the mall near the Mai Tai Bar. Ocean Club general manager Beau Mohr is one of the main players, which makes you wonder -- is Ocean's going to close to make way for Pearl? Unfortunately, Mohr didn't call me back, so I don't have the answer ... Also on the way to Waikiki is Fashion 45, which will open next month in the space that used to be Maze Nightclub. And after 4 1/2 years at Aloha Tower Marketplace, Henry Kapono will close his namesake bar and performance venue on New Year's Eve. He'll go out with a bang, filming the New Year's Eve festivities for a future DVD release and recording a "Henry Kapono Rocks Live @ Kapono's" live album as well ...
TOMORROW NIGHT is your last chance to check out "Lanai and Augie's Comedy Shack" at Brew Moon Restaurant and Microbrewery. It's the end of a two-year run for the morning show duo from Island 98.5, who will be replaced next week by comedy legend Andy Bumatai.
The change is probably good for Augie Tulba, who releases his new "Made in Hawaii" comedy CD today. He's been working out of state so much recently, it must have been tough to maintain the weekly gig with so many other opportunities out there ...
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