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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SoHo and Me

SoHo and Me

Me and some friends at SoHo's Acid Wash '80s party.

SoHo is like an on-again off-again relationship.  There are times when we have fun together, but then there are the times when I never want to see you again.   How are we doing now?  It’s a good day.

My relationship with SoHo started when I went to its grand opening—late.  It was hot, the only thing left to drink was warm white wine or, the ever-popular mix of warm gin with warm Red Bull.  The bathrooms were a complete mess, with some stalls not working and others flooded over—or, was that the sink?  Needless to say, it didn’t impress me nor did I expect to visit again any time soon.

A month or two later, I visited again for its Acid Wash '80s night promotion. All of my friends and I dressed up in '80s clothes and had a great time. DJ Nocturna was spinning some of my favorite '80s music, the place was packed and SoHo really made some changes for the better since the last time I visited. The bathrooms were working and the bar looked complete. However, checking hands for splinters from the unfinished wood and trying not to look drunk by tripping on the uneven, sloping concrete floor was still a constant task. 

80s night at SoHo.

After not seeing each other for a month, I made an impromptu visit to SoHo last Saturday night for its Neon Neon party—a fundraiser for Keep the Country Country and for local skateboarder, Kenneth Brimer, diagnosed with leukemia.  When I entered its second, larger room—most times closed—my jaw dropped.  Twice the size of the first room, it was completely packed with people dressed in hot pink shirts, bright blue tights, and every single one of them wearing glow bracelets and bands around their arms, necks and legs.  There is nothing too special about the room itself, besides its size, but at this point, it doesn’t matter if the walls are bare and that the room is hot.  The only thing I cared about was that every single person in that room was dancing—including me. 

So, yes, SoHo, you may be a bit rough around the edges, and I’m still really not sure what to make of you, but you sure do know how to throw some good parties!


80 S. Pauahi St.
Honolulu, HI

Acid Wash is held Wednesday's from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in Permalink

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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