In The Mix


Massive music
at Ho‘olaule‘a

ONE YEAR AGO yesterday, I sat up in bed at 3 a.m. and wiped makapiapia from my eyes as I tried to wrap my mind around the horrific images I saw on television. I was up early again this year, watching live coverage of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on various channels.

While it's important to continue living our lives as we did before Sept. 11, 2001, we cannot forget -- we must not forget -- what happened that day. Mahalo to all who wore red, white and blue, attended memorial services or observed a moment of silence yesterday ...

MORE DETAILS are emerging about this weekend's 18th Annual Downtown Ho'olaule'a as we get closer to the official start of Aloha Festivals. Of the eight stages of entertainment featured tomorrow night, my pick for the best entertainment would be either the AT&T Wireless/Island Rhythm 98.5 stage near the Dillingham Transportation Building, or the Bank of Hawaii/KCCN FM-100 stage next to the Executive Centre.

Inoa'ole, Koa'uka, Darrell Labrado and Kapena will play at the AT&T/Island Rhythm stage starting at 6:30 p.m., while Bank of Hawaii and KCCN counter with Sudden Rush, the Hobo House of Hits (O-Shen, Believe, Namahana and Chief Ragga), Natural Vibes and Sean Na'auao. Entertainers scheduled for other stages include Kalapana, Keahiwai, O'Brien Eselu and Pound 4 Pound.

Admission to the Downtown Ho'olaule'a is free, but event organizers hope you spend $5 on an Aloha Festivals ribbon. Money raised from ribbon sales helps keep these events happening, so do your part and pick one up. And be sure to check out tomorrow's Star Weekend for a comprehensive listing of various Aloha Festivals events, many of which are free of charge to attend ...

SATURDAY BRINGS a new party to the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki. MYTH50 Clothing hosts an evening of live Hawaiian and island music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the 21-and-over crowd. DJ Relax will get things going with hip-hop, reggae and ska in the mix before Ho'onua takes the stage. DJ Eddie L will also be on hand to help out on the decks.

An interesting side note about MYTH50 Clothing: The company was started by Major League Baseball player Benny Agbayani a while back, and brother Brendyn Agbayani is the one responsible for promoting Saturday nights at the Hard Rock ...

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