"Aloha shirt to Armani" is what we call the night scene in Honolulu -- mostly casual, but with ample opportunity to dress up if you can bear to part with your flip-flops. To read about the entire range of options, from luauas to music clubs to pubs, click over to the specific sections on those options (luaus are under performing arts).
On the last Friday of every month (except Nov–Dec), the place to be after the sun goes down is ARTafterDARK, a pau hana (after-work) mixer in the Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St. (www.artafterdark.org; tel. 808/532-8700), that brings residents and visitors together around a theme combining art with food, music, and dancing. In addition to the exhibits in the gallery, ARTafterDARK features visual and live performances. Previous themes have ranged from “Plant Rice”—with rice and sake tastings, rice dishes, Asian beers, live Asian fusion music, and a tour of the "Art of Rice" exhibit—to “[‘]80s Night,” “Turkish Delights,” “Cool Nights, Hot Jazz and Blues,” and “Havana Heat.” The entrance fee is $10. The party gets going around 6 and lasts till 9pm. The crowd ranges from 20s to 50s, and the dress is everything from jeans and T-shirts to designer cocktail-party attire.
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