Crater show needs a tweak
WILL THE Diamond Head Crater Celebration return for a third time in 2008?"
That was the question that kept popping into my head as I wandered around inside the crater on Sunday. And unless promoter GM Entertainment decides to tweak its approach to the concert, fading interest in bands from decades past could mean the end of an event that still has potential for greatness.
Adding Natural Vibrations to the lineup at the last minute was a good look; relegating them to the cabaret stage at 3:30 p.m. definitely wasn't. Johnny Helm also turned in a quality performance early, although he had to cut his last song short in order to make way for Yvonne Elliman on the main stage.
Another highlight was seeing Raiatea Helm and Willie K performing inside the crater as part of Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band. Not only did they perform a few songs in Hawaiian, but Helm also got to showcase her falsetto talent in front of the crowd.
I want to see this concert continue, but there needs to be a conscious effort to focus more on the younger generation. Bands like Earth, Wind and Fire can still be involved, but they need to play earlier in the day. Put Natty Vibes on the main stage after dark, and add other local bands like Go Jimmy Go and Missing Dave to the mix.
And there has to be a headlining act that will appeal to a broader cross-section of local residents. Just imagine how cool it would be to watch Matisyahu perform under the stars inside Diamond Head ...
CONGRATS TO Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, which celebrated the completion of it's ambitious Waikiki Beach Walk project with a VIP party on Friday.
Guests grinded on free pupus and downed complimentary cocktails outdoors, while Billy V. handled hosting duties and eight-0-eight performed live. I ended up in Ruth's Chris Steak House after a quick walk around the grounds, where I met manager Peter Dietrich and got a reminder of how good their food is -- the prime rib they served was da bomb!
Ruth's Chris also got my vote for best featured cocktail during the party; the "Smoking Cosmo" served on Friday arrived with dry ice to provide the smoking action, and the bartender's heavy pour was definitely a pleasant surprise.
Now if I could just convince special events manager Emi Espinda to feature live entertainment inside the restaurant ...
PARTY FOR a cause: NextDoor hosts a benefit on Thursday with entertainment by Tempo Valley and Paula Fuga.
"Teach One" is a new annual fundraiser that aims to benefit keiki affected by homelessness. NextDoor's Lacy Matsumoto says the goal is to gather school supplies, clothing and toys to help improve the quality of life for those kids.
Kamaile Elementary is the beneficiary for the first "Teach One" event (the $10 cover charge will go to the school); bring a donation of school supplies and get in for $5 ...