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Superheroes, Supervillains, and The Kawaii Kon

Tom Quach
Tom Quach
Tom Quach
Credit Tom Quach

If you see a large groups of people dressed as comic book heroes near Ala Moana this weekend… here’s why.

It’s time for the Kawaii Kon- Hawai‘i’s longest running animation convention.  The three day event celebrates Japanese anime and manga and video games and the social culture that surrounds them.

Many of the attendees dress up as their favorite character- a practice called Cosplaywhich has become the focal point of the event.  Costumes are often handmade, with incredible detail put into their design to be as accurate to the character as possible.

Comic conventions are growing in popularity across the country, fueled by recent reality television shows, and documentaries.  The largest, held in San Diegoattracted around 130,000 people last year.  Comic books have largely been overshadowed by growing presence of film and television features.

The Kawaii Kon has been running for 12 years, and organizers expect around twelve-thousand people this year.  Although its focus is still on anime, it also features numerous discussion panels, video game rooms, and cosplay events.

It also has a sister event the Comic Con Honolulu which steers the focus back to comic books.  Josh Pugh is the Director of Media Relations for the Convention.

The KawaiiKon takes place this weekend at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  More information can be found at Kawaiikon.com. 

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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