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Guide to Kawaii Kon 2017

Thirteen years and 15,000 otaku after it began, it’s back. Kawaii Kon 2017 happens at the Hawaii Convention Center this weekend, April 7 to 9. So to help you navigate this world of anime, manga, gaming and cosplay — and…

Your guide to Comic Con Honolulu 2016

Didn’t we just have another convention? Well, you can never have too much of a good thing, can you? While some fans in the local geek community may be feeling the burnout, I welcome our new convention overlords. I’d rather…

Hawaii Anime and Comic Convention Guide 2016

It’s that time of year again, when elusive otaku and comic book nerds reveal themselves and venture forth into the daylight to gather among others of their kind. You can find these creatures everywhere – at work, the mall and…

Anime Matsuri 2015

The debut of Anime Matsuri started off slow, probably because of Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday, but we spotted some amazing cosplay. The debut of the new anime convention, thrown by a crew based in Houston, featured panels, vendors, special guests,…

Anime Matsuri Hawaii gets underway

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Party pics: GamerExpo 2015

The show must go on for GamerExpo 2015. After a last-minute venue and date change, the GamerExpo 2015 moved to this past Sunday at Ala Moana Hotel. It featured a cosplay contest with cash prizes, vendors and appearances by professional…

Party pics: Anime Day 2015

Windward Mall shoppers on Saturday got a sneak peek of Kawaii Kon at Anime Day 2015. Along with a cosplay showcase, the event offered anime and cosplay fans games and activities, and early registration for next year’s convention, taking place…

Something new: Cafe.gg for gamers

When I started getting into PC games in middle school, my game of choice was Starcraft. This was a real time strategy (RTS) game pitting the human Terran, futuristic Protoss and hive-mind Zerg against each other in an intergalactic tug…

Guide to Comic Con Honolulu

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out. Only instead of something terrible, it’s actually something great that’s coming. What I heard rippling through the universe was the sound of local geeks…

Otaku in Japan: Capcom Bar

Sadly, I don’t play video games as much as before. It’s a strange formula: The older I get, the less I play. Why can’t I get younger and play more? I’m lucky if I can sneak in a session of…

Party pics: Art + Flea presents 8 BIT!

Art + Flea presents 8 BIT brought back the nostalgia of old-school video games last night at Ward Village. Art for the evening was inspired from the days of coin-operated arcade games, with classics such as Tetris and Super Mario…

Party pics: Nocturna Lounge Christmas Party 2014

Karaoke masters and gaming fiends celebrated the holidays at the Nocturna Lounge Christmas Party on Saturday night. The party raged on through the night and featured free karaoke, food and drink specials. There were also prize giveaways, with taste samples…

Party pics: Taku Taku Matsuri 2014

Cosplayers and self-proclaimed otakus converged Saturday for Taku Taku Matsuri at the Japanese Cultural Center. This second annual event, which showcases anything related to anime, manga and the otaku culture, featured local artists, special interest panels and interactive activities. Highlights…

Gamer Expo HI 2014

Gamers gathered to test their skills Saturday at the Pomaika’i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery for Gamer Expo HI 2014. The expo featured tournaments for popular video games such as League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. and Call of Duty. Besides…

Party pics: Nocturna Lounge 3rd anniversary

Happy three-year anniversary, Nocturna Lounge! The nextgen lounge at Waterfront Plaza celebrated with an exclusive party: $3 drinks, pupus by Tanioka’s Seafood, prize giveaways and free karaoke all night long. Nocturna Lounge 3rd Anniversary ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1…

Party pics: Gamers Ball 2

The second Gamers Ball, an all-ages video-game themed event, was hosted by On the Spot Improv at the ARTS at Marks Garage, with game demos from Play Station, Wii, and X Box set up around the gallery, a Rock Band…

Oni-Con Hawaii 2013

Don’t call it the “other” anime convention. This weekend’s Oni-Con Hawaii attracted thousands of cosplayers, gamers, otakus, and fans of Japanese culture to the Hawaii Convention Center for three days of play. The convention, which runs through today, featured events,…

Party pics: Taku Taku Matsuri

Anime and cosplay was the name of the game this Sunday at Taku Taku Matsuri, a new mini-convention geared towards otaku culture. Otaku is the term for fans who are very passionate about anime, manga, and video games. The event…

Party pics: Porn & Chicken, Nintendo Island

Video games, fried chicken and electronic dance music had dancers raging Saturday night at the newly reopened NextDoor in Chinatown for Porn & Chicken: Nintendo Island. The theme centered around Nintendo video games, with partygoers encouraged to come in cosplay.…

Party pics: Science Fiction Ball

An eclectic gathering of cosplayers came down to Nocturna Lounge on Saturday afternoon in support of the PAC501 Science Fiction Ball. Cover was donation only, with all proceeds from the event being donated to Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii. Attendees came…