The New York-based queer dance party collectives Bubble_T and Papi Juice partner with Lei for their first ever event in the islands.
Photos by Kainoa Reponte
Lei with collectives BUBBLE_T and PAPI JUICE hosted 💦FLOAT 💦 at The Surfjack Hotel on Saturday, January 5th 2019. For their first time in Hawaiʻi, Bubble_T and Papi Juice, two New York-based queer dance party collectives that aims to remove the alienating tokenism and exoticism that queer and trans communities of color often experience in popular culture, including mainstream gay culture. Donations were collected at the door with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The party came to life with live sets by local DJ ShyShonnie, Papi Juice DJ Oscar Nñ and Bubble_T DJ Stevie Huynh. A touch of Confetti System art installed by co-founder Nicholas Andersen shimmered and danced by the pool. Chef and creative director Angela Dimayuga created a signature cocktail called “KIKI GUSH” and Ola Brew provided ice cold beer for our guests.
Though the pool party ended by sunset, the party vibes continued at the after party “Mahu Mix” hosted by Aupuni Space. DJs Stevie Huynh and Oscar Nñ, accompanied by local DJ Gnaraly, had the crowd dancing and singing along well into the night. Thank you to all of you who supported and joined us in welcoming Bubble_T and Papi Juice!