On The Scene
LEVEL 4 GRAND OPENING PARTY
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A performance by the Jabbawockeez, recent winners of MTV's hip-hop competition, "America's Best Dance Crew," had fans pressed up against the stage as Roy Tokujo and Todd Dougall presented the grand opening of the LEVEL4 Nightclub and Ultra Lounge Saturday at Royal Hawaiian Center. LEVEL4 is the first significant nightclub to open in Honolulu since Beau Mohr opened the Pearl Ultra Lounge at Ala Moana Center in 2006. Although a false report that the doors would be opening at 9 p.m. instead of 10 created some unnecessary static outside, all was forgiven when the Jabbawockeez took the stage shortly before 1 a.m.
Nightclub industry veteran Pete Maharaj partied in the Ultra Lounge bar area with Miss Hawaii 2005 Malika Dudley. Maharaj, who handles late-night entertainment and special events at Aaron's, took the evening off to welcome LEVEL4 to the local club scene. "The opening of a club like this creates excitement that's good for everybody," he said. "God bless them!"
LEVEL4 Director of Nightclub Operations Alvin Yeh, left, Michelle Kennedy, Front Door Manager Don Lee and Zach Lee-Ho enjoyed a quiet moment just before the club opened. Several hundred people waited more than an hour for the doors to open, but blase clubbers who made the mistake of arriving "fashionably late" waited much longer than that. LEVEL4 is one of the few clubs in town that can stay open till 4, and the party went almost that late on Saturday.
Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artists Taz Vegas, left, and Thomson Enos partied with Kaul Kauhi, Tautua Reed and Kalani Kealoha at a reserved VIP table. Table service lived up to expectations on Saturday: The wait staff was attentive and on the job, restocking ice, mixes and bottles as needed, and quickly removing dirty glasses and rubbish.
"Waikiki Nei" cast member Jonathan "iNTREPiD" Sypert chatted with McNeil Wilson account coordinator Kaleihikina Akaka, left, and Trista Ng in the club's outdoor smoking area. Word as of Monday was that "Waikiki Nei" will open on Aug. 5. Call 931-6100 (For an in-depth review of LEVEL4 on a normal night, catch Jason Genegabus' "Barfly" column in HILife next week).