On The Scene
‘CONSERVE EARTH’ AT THE ACADEMY
"Conserve Earth" was the theme, and a geometrical dome the focal point, as Atmarama, left, Lacy Matsumoto, G-Spot and Karina Rodrigues welcomed partyers to ARTafterDARK on Friday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Matsumoto conceived the theme of promoting awareness of environmentally friendly lifestyle choices, G-Spot provided the music and Atmarama built the dome. "We've been going out to different locations setting up this geometrical dome," he said, noting that domes are strong, economical and extremely durable housing.
ARTafterDARK advisory board Chairwoman Cori Mackie enjoyed the party with her husband, Ken Mackie. With bar stations operating in four sections of the academy, there was relatively little waiting for beverage service. Grey Goose cocktails were the hit of the evening.
Sei Ichiro, left, Takamasa, Gaylord Tom and Tony Benavente dressed in keeping with the casual theme. Tom said it was a great opportunity to see the museum's current showpiece exhibit, "The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan," but with four bars, two deejay setups and live music in the Mediterranean Court, many people skipped the art option to concentrate on partying.
Deborah Strawbridge, left, Y. Hata & Co. executive John Smiley, Hiroko Adachi, Don Crescimanno and Lilian Leong partied in style with a prime table near the food stations in the Pavilion Cafe. Nightlife veterans will recognize Crescimanno as a pioneer of the nightclub/restaurant party scene. He was presenting "Executive Mixer" parties years before the current "monthly" and "weekly" scene got started.
Army helicopter pilots Nick Stachler, left, and Dustin Healey caught up with Lauren Pecoraro and Jen Sweigart as the party wound down. The next ARTafterDARK party, "Jet Set," will be "departing" on the 29th.