Red Bull Air Force skydivers, high-powered searchlights, a state-of-the-art sound system and five hours of old-style Waikiki hospitality made it one of 2015’s biggest events in local entertainment as Darren Seu, Kainoa Akina, Alika May and Jovan Andow co-hosted the invitation-required preview party for SKY Waikiki on Friday.
SKY Waikiki, on the 19th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza at 2270 Kalakaua Ave., has 7,000 square feet of space divided into a nightclub, open-air lounge, enclosed private room, multiple full-service bars, and views of Waikiki and central Honolulu.
Guest Randy Schoch, a veteran of Honolulu’s restaurant and entertainment industries for more than 30 years, said he was “excited to see the clubs coming back, people dressing up, coming out and having a great time, and making us the great cosmopolitan city we once were.”
Celebrity DJ Brody Jenner arrived before sunset to do a television interview with Renee Bargh on the SKY Deck. Three other celebrities — Mikalah Gordon, Stevie Brock and Jimmy McGorman — were joined by Rolando Sanchez in providing music before the sun went down.
Several visiting celebrities made “red carpet” arrivals: Television actress and 1997 Playboy Playmate of the Month Kelly Monaco; two-time “Dancing With the Stars” winner Cheryl Burke; actress and recording artist Victoria Justice escorted by actor/model Pierson Fode; and, shortly after 9 p.m., NFL great Terrell Owens.
Hawaii’s business and entertainment industries were also well represented. Bank of Hawaii CEO Peter Ho and Elliot Mills, managing director of Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa, rubbed elbows with event promoters Rick Rock, Kyle Mitsumori, Peter Aaron Maharaj, Partymaster Justin Yoshino and Vertical Junkies founder Ross Inouye.