NYE at the W

Ring in 2008 with an all-night, hotel-wide party

The delicious dilemma facing New Year’s Eve party-goers in Honolulu is deciding where to ring in the new year. The choices are many: lively public and neighborhood fireworks displays; raucous street life in Waikiki and Chinatown; and parties at almost every hotel and nightclub on Oahu. One could spend the entire holiday bouncing between events. Adding to the intensity of the evening, police will be out in force, traffic will be chaotic and taxis will be in high demand.

Something a little more contained is being offered at the W Hotel. F/M Productions is taking over the W, from the lobby to the penthouse. They are offering packages designed to make the night a smooth transition from dinner to entertainment to VIP services to the notoriously comfortable beds ready whenever revelers decide to finally rest their heads.

“Flash and Matty [of F/M Productions] did New Year’s Eve here last year and it was very successful,” says general manager Lyle Takeuchi. “Then they called me on Jan. 2 to ask ‘how can we make it better next year?'” He laughs an easy laugh. “I said, let’s see how we can make it happen, and we started planning from there, blocking rooms, rates, that kind of thing.”

Robert “Flash” Hansen and Matty Boy Hazelgrove of F/M Productions have established their name – as well as a core audience of high-spirited young professionals – with their monthly Skyline parties. “They bring a great following,” confirms Takeuchi, who embraces the modus operandi of Ws worldwide in hosting “events that are on the forefront of places to be.”

While the final talent lineup has yet to be announced, two personalities who made NYE 2006 such a success are back for one more go round: percussionist Ricky Rocks and “butcher couture artist” Adam Saaks. Rocks brings live instrumentation to DJ sets, playing along on his drum kit with rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic beats. Saaks slits up T-shirts with precision cuts, knotting or looping the resulting strips of fabric into a sexy, creative garment. Local DJs will undoubtedly round out the night’s entertainment, but no names were set at press time.

Package pricing also was not yet available, but will include a two-night stay for three people, dinner for six at the in-house Diamond Head Grill, in-room bottle service, VIP entry and table for the big night and exclusive access to the spacious penthouse suite (dubbed the Grey Goose Lounge for the evening). For more information, check the website or call 808.723.1449.

Season Finale New Year’s Eve W Honolulu & Diamond Head Grill www.flashandmattyboypresent.com

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