Music: The World is Ours – Jai Wolf
Shoot/Edit: Josuha Bowlin
Mahalo to Aaron De La Cruz, one of my favorite artists period, for flying to Oahu courtesy of my POW! WOW! Hawaii family to resurrect the art car!!!! WOW! What an amazing birthday gift!! For the birthday the doctors didn’t think I would see!!!
Search the hashtag #CWBMW on Instagram to see what Aaron did four years ago to my car as a part of his Long Walk Home solo exhibition in Hawaii. And make sure to check out the crazy-epic murals and other works he has produced (prepare to be blown away).
The pink tells a different story – one that will hopefully inspire others when they see that yes, even with stage iv breast cancer that’s spread all over my brain and other organs… YES I am still here.
Now whenever you see this beauty on the road you know that
1. CW is alive!
2. You can CHOOSE HOPE!
3. Life is a gift! Use it wisely!
i know what you’re thinking – why would we want to look back at such a terrible year. let that crap go already. i know i know.
2016? the worst.
i’m usually a pretty optimistic glass-is-half-full kind of person and have been my whole life but 2016 got to me too.
the most obvious is what happened in politics, but my cat sophia loren the love of my life since paul and the only one who was with me day in and day out during those very difficult treatments passed away. my cancer not only came back but EXPLODED (the doctors words) all over my lungs liver and brain, i lost a friend that was immortal to me, i had to take a huge step back from everything that made me feel alive – socializing, doing events and parties, being at work, DJing, just being out there. in the scene.
if you were there you know. if you couldn’t make it, trust me your positive vibes were received loud and clear.
to be fair, that was not my party. i mean it was my party, but that was not executed by one person. it took the selfless participation of many others working for no other reason than to share the love. that? is what we call a community.
moana events was key and morgan and jennifer nailed it. there will never be a way to repay them so i accept their generous donation (and the It Girl All Black welcome registration) (!!!!).
you saw kamea hadar there yes that’s the pow wow kamea hadar. and that was lana lanegress and pow wow jasper wong. i am floored you guys it was wonderful to experience your artwork in action and share it with people. whoever took the white canvas jasper painted inside please message me so i can get it back.
gah, those records spinning outside by maria and nara with the food (town was grilling cheese sandwiches ahgfjkgjghajgh) and jenn brought her famous vegan mochi and poni’s food trucks and those pretty string lights but it doesn’t stop there.
i was defeated trying to figure out a way for mega-artist aaron de la cruz to come back to oahu and paint my car again. yep. art car ii. thank you kamea and pow wow for making that happen. what a special sidebar. thank you joshua for capturing that.
inside the venue was a dream. huge mahalo to tamara rigney and cristina luck for making that possible. all the greenery around the stage and the epic centerpiece with the bottles in the back. and to michael and alysia for setting up the celestial tours with their light alchemy and tarot and stones!
as for a venue i couldn’t have asked for a more effortless experience. jimbo and bubbs and their team over there are super on point. i have to say even the greatest yet. promoters, can you pls do more stuff there? i know parking is shitty but nobody drives at night really. you know what i would love to see there? weird dance music artists like ryan hemsworth or a chillwave show with petit biscuit. can someone make some calls and get that done?
hugest mahalo to my youngs family for showing up in full force (yes that was THE bonner paddock you saw by the bar) esp our president for taking care of my family’s bar tab and staying longer than he planned because i wouldn’t let him go without seeing at least ONE already sweaty song. to hugh duncan – the man who runs the craziest business and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of beverages and does it so well that he makes it look easy. i never finished college and i had a visible tattoo and was way too bubbly in my interview with him, and i know he wasn’t really interested in hiring me. becker made it happen. not only did hugh duncan come around and finally like me and believe in me, he got up on the stage and made the most heartfelt goodbye toast i’ve ever had. i hope you guys saw that. i am thankful diane caught a part of it (the best part!). to go from working systems and computers and the government service and all that to the liquor industry was a steep learning curve. these guys really taught me a lot. i am going to miss being around all that craziness.
thank you to all the bands that performed; Verses Undefined, Castle Park and Already Sweaty. MY #GirlGang that donated their musical curating talents for us to dance. Bozz for having such great chemistry when they perform together. Singer/songwriter Max Louie music. Most of all bird for managing the stage.
great seeing stylies Matt Bruening and Rance pull off yet another wonderful fashion display. his inspiration and work and THAT SHOW has always given me a lot of fire at my parties and as long as i’m doing them i’ll try to keep him involved.
MAHALO to Nella Media for the CDs (did you get one? let me know what you think), About the Goods, Roberta Oaks, Will Chen, Collete, Flash, and Roxy for the raffle prizes, Paiko for the greenery, Teresa Milton for the photo booth and airbrush tattoos, all of the Young’s suppliers for the delicious cocktails, twilight chris for donating the sound equipment and giving us a huge discount, tim lum, joshua bowlin, marie and noil for filming, and especially Moana Events for executing what is going down in my personal history as the greatest fcking night ever. love u all. video coming soon. i see some galleries going up though if you weren’t there and want to see.
REMEMBER GUYS YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME YOU GOT ON THIS EARTH HOW DO YOU WANT TO SPEND IT?
hello! i’m pretty excited for my party. here’s the link for pre-sale tickets:
guys, this is NOT the event to come fashionably late to! the food vendors might run out of food, you might miss the aerial burlesque, or matt’s epic fashion show, or MY SPEECH, or THE most killer live act. just come early. eat. drink. dance. smile. celebrate with me. ok? don’t worry there’s valet parking. i recommend a taxi or uber.
Thank you so much Tracy and Frolic Hawaii for this feature and such nice words. you too, honolulu magazine, wow you called me a “nightlife powerhouse” i am still so floored by that recognition!
Hey, tell your friends to come? This may or may not be a benefit to help me cover some of my never-ending cancer treatments. (hint: it is). Also, if you can’t afford the ticket message me and I’ll put you to work so you can still come. I would rather have you there! Trust me I know how the holidays are, or any month living in Honolulu city. I had to work three jobs to make ends meet and still lived paycheck to paycheck. It’s so worth it to be here though :)
and WOAH you guys check out the poster art. mahalo to my buddy jeffrey gress for taking the time to make a hand-lettered poster for the event. it’s way beyond anything he’s ever done for me and i’m just sitting here crying with gratitude.
guys, i’m retiring from the liquor industry. officially. there’s no need to get emotional but i think you know what i’ve been through by now and why i need to leave. it hasn’t been an easy decision but one that my doctors and i agree will certainly add more years to my already-short life-expectancy.
i’ll be having an end of the year party to celebrate 8 years of some of the greatest work i’ve ever done. it’s going to be a huge event at an even huger venue and starting now i’m freaked out. please come. PLEASE don’t not come.
why do i always do this to myself. every year i say I’m not going to have a party. then i always do. i can’t help it; the end of the year is the best time to look back and reflect on everything we did. i’ve been doing it for so long. topping it with a party at the same time? to me it seems like a no-brainer. so many of you are home for the holidays. it’s such a fun time to celebrate. and nobody wants to do parties over the holidays.
why else could i have been born on the winter solstice if it wasn’t to have epic end of the year birthday parties?
it’s happening. please save the date. 12-21-2016. 6pm-4am. my friends not on Oahu here’s a good heads up to find a way here. it will be worth it, trust me. go from working at a helpdesk, fixing desktop and software issues for 11 years then throwing PARTIES for LIQUOR for 8 years. it’s going to be a sensory overload bigger than anything i’ve ever done or i’ll go down in flames.
don’t worry about me working too much either; i live for this kind of thing. but i also called in the calvary to pull this off. that’s right… it’s going to be THAT BIG. i’ve already locked in amazing art, food, live music, fashion, cocktails and projection visuals to make you all go “WOAAAAAH” but more importantly let’s celebrate a crazy year and a crazy career. that’s what the end of the year is for.
watch out for a lot of nostalgia as I gather some of my favorites from over the years. you are welcome to contribute as well. if you want to record a video to me with your mobile recording device and email it to me we will include it in the video that night. in case you didn’t know my email is just cw at supercw.com :) if you can’t come but want to make a donation that is ok too. you can use the Eventbrite page for that. oh, and I would get the pre-sales because it will be more at the door.