Sand Bar BLAST

Boaters have been partying at the Kaneohe Bay sand bar for decades, but never on a scale quite like this. MidWeek joined a thousand or so folks who showed up for an epic party

Yu Shing Ting
Friday - September 16, 2005
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Dancing to music by NEKEN, which played from a
small barge

It was a blast, and now a thing of the past. By word of mouth, 700 to 1,000 people gathered at the Kaneohe sand bar this past Labor Day weekend for some fun in the sun. It was a B.Y.O.B. event with people bringing coolers packed with grinds and drinks. Some even brought picnic tables and barbecue grills. Others brought their keiki and even pets.

Thanks to the Vertical Junkies Crew and the Manatad ohana, there was live music by Neken and Liquid Courage, free giveaways, and even garbage bags for those who forgot. Reef also donated some clothes and slippers.

George Goings stays cool while firing up
the grill

“We (the VJ Crew and the Manatads) all go out to the sand bar a few times every month just to hang out and have fun,” says Russ Inouye of the VJ Crew. “As you can see, it is an awesome place to hang. Sometimes we go fishing in the bay or diving on the outer reefs or surfing at some eastside secret spots in the bay, and end up at the sand bar to finish off a fun day in the water.

“We don’t have any set times we do the parties. We kicked things up another notch when we had a few friends who all had birthdays on the same weekend. One thing led to another, and more and more people started to come out and party. We hooked up with Neken, Kaneohe’s new breed of live music. They always talked about how fun it would be to play in front of their friends and family members on the sand bar. We put our heads together and thought it would be fun to try it out.”

Well, it was more than fun. And as word got out, the crowds only got bigger and bigger. Some describe the sand bar parties as a cross between the Girls Gone Wild videos and MTV’s popular Spring Break parties.

Girls — and their hair — gone wild

“Big sand bar parties only happens about twice a year,” says Inouye, whose VJ Crew organizes Rockstar Fridays at the Hard Rock Cafe and NJOY every Saturday at Chai’s Island Bistro. “I think for us, we’re done. It got too big too fast! For the safety of everyone it would be best to just keep with our little barbecues on the sand bar with our kids and a few close friends. No stress that way. God created the sand bar to relieve stress, not create more. It was fun, and many memories were made that will never be forgotten.”

Things were just ducky for Kalai Miller

George Goings and Kanoa Sehenk of Kaneohe are regulars at the sand bar. On this day, they knew there would be a crowd, but didn’t mind the party.

“I heard about it from my friend Keoni from Natural Vibrations,” says Goings as he fired up some chicken, kalbi, short ribs and hot dogs on a grill. “It’s fun.”

“This is awesome,” adds

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