The Waipahu Haunted Plantation Returns!

Hawaii Haunted Plantation 2009

A reader commented my entry about the PCC Haunted Lagoon asking about the very, very frightening Waipahu Haunted Plantation, so I thought I’d share the information with everyone.

the Waipahu Haunted Plantation is back this year and will be open for 7 nights and promises 2 new scare zones. Frankly, the number of scare zones I encountered last year was enough so hopefully I won’t have  a heart attack this year.  Scarier than the Haunted Lagoon and Blaisdell’s Shockhouse combined, the Haunted Plantation is definitely the creepiest haunted house in Hawaii.

Perhaps the creepiest thing about the Haunted Plantation is that I wouldn’t be surprised if it were actually haunted. Last year’s walk had us wandering on a pathway between a row of old plantation houses. That’s all I’m going to say.

The parking situation is pretty crazy, so I recommend carpooling with your friends, going early, or getting someone to drop you off and then pick you up after (which is what my kind girlfriend did for us).

Also, a word of advice:  shell out the extra money for the fast pass. It’s just $5-6 (I can’t tell if the flyer or website is correct) more expensive and will get you out of waiting in line for hours. When I went last year, the regular line was looping around like crazy and the fast pass was a godsend.

They’ve also added some ghost stories that you can listen to if you really want to hear ghost stories while at the old Waipahu plantation. It sounds pretty awesome and spots are limited, so I recommend pre-ordering these from the Waipahu Plantation if you really want to go.

More info after the jump!

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Lady Laie Returns at the Haunted Lagoon!

Polynesian Cultural Center Haunted Lagoon

October is one of my favorite months of the year. Why? Well, usually by now the weather has gotten cooler (with the exception of this year. It’s still damn humid) and Halloween is right around the corner. Last year, I went to PCC’s Haunted Lagoon, Blaisdell’s Shockhouse, and the Haunted Plantation, and this year I plan to do the same and also add a few more places to my list.

If you don’t mind the drive, I’d highly recommend checking out Polynesian Cultural Center’s Haunted Lagoon. This one didn’t make me scream and run (like the Haunted Plantation did), but I really thought the ride was well-executed.  Lots to look at and definitely lots to scare you. The ride lasts about 25 minutes and it looks like this year they’re offering a fast-pass to bypass the line. I recommend that so you’re not waiting too long and having to make the long trek back to town too late.

You can purchase tickets at the PCC website and at the event, but I recommend stopping by any of these places to get your discounted tickets:

  • 7-11, Price Busters, and 76 Gas station Promotion: Visit these locations and grab a $3 off coupon (Starting October 1st)
  • Pepsi’s “Haunted Wednesdays” Promotions: Visit Times or Foodland, purchase any Pepsi product and recieve a special coupon good for $5 off your ticket price.  (This special $5 offer is only applicable to Wednesday’s Haunted Lagoon tours.) (Offer starts October 7th

More info about the Haunted Lagoon is after the jump. Stay tuned for more Halloween stuff!

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Chiko’s Tavern Damaged in Fire

Thankfully nobody was injured in the blaze, but still, this must be devastating for them. What’s with all the fires going on? Wasn’t I Love Country Cafe on fire just the other day?

Fire Tears Through Chiko’s Tavern
taken from KGMB9

An investigation is underway after fire broke out at Chiko’s Tavern on McCully Street. The blaze was first reported just before 2:30 this morning. Heavy smoke was seen coming out of the bar.

Fire officials say the blaze was contained to the lounge area. Chiko’s was closed at the time, so no one was injured. Damage is estimated at $150,000. There’s still no word on a cause.

We’ll have an update tonight on KGMB9 News at 5.

Get Ready to Say HOLLAAA at SOHO Tonight!

holllaaa at SOHO

I’ve already planned out your second weekend of the month routine from now on, so read this entry and the next entry I’m going to write. Tonight (and every second Saturday for the next few months after that) is DoSomethingTonight’s La Cutie and Bri of HeyDay Graphics newest party called HOLLAAA at SOHO! La Cutie has promised some addicting 90’s jams and I know how 90’s music makes you want to shake your ass and do something questionably dorky dance moves. I love it!

I think the guestlist is already closed, but cover is only $5 and a portion of their proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS foundation.  HOLLLAAA, people!

A Fine Frenzy’s Bomb in a Birdcage is Perfect for the Long Drive Home

A Fine Frenzy - Bomb in a Birdcage

I’ve been waiting to review A Fine Frenzy’s newest album,  Bomb in a Birdcage, for about a week now. But let’s face it, you have to be in the mood to listen to her music. If not, what should a fun car ride will turn into a depressing sobfest. Trust me, I’ve learned this the hard way by listening to her first hit “Almost Lover” at the wrong time and sending myself into an ugly crying fit while sitting in traffic on the H-1.

Some musicians rely on fancy effects and instruments to make their music enjoyable, but A Fine Frenzy’s Alison Sudol knows that her best instrument is her voice. When she hits those high notes, there’s an aching in her voice that will make you reach for the tub of Ben&Jerry’s in the fridge and a big frickin’ spoon.

Not everyone will like this kind of music. Like I said, you have to be in the mood for it. This is not the kind of music you pump in the car with your friends on the way to the booty club. This is the kind of music that will hurt a little when you listen to it and you’ll be somewhat relieved it can sound so good.

For an album entitled, Bomb in a Birdcage, the sound is actually quite light. Nothing made me want to cry in a closet like her first hit “Almost Lover” did–thank goodness. While “Almost Lover” holds great personal significance to me, I can’t listen to it all the time and that’s really a shame. A Fine Frenzy definitely has the voice and talent. Thankfully Bomb in a Birdcage definitely has higher replay value.

Sounds like: perfect night driving music.

Here’s a cover she did of “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie: