By Nadine Kam
Photos by Cheyne Gallarde
If you don’t mind being nearly nekkid and swapping the clothes off your back for others’ threads, then tomorrow’s Swap and Bop is for you.
The second event begins at 9 p.m. May 30 at the Mercury Bar in Chaplain Lane downtown. Some simple rules apply:
1. Don’t wear anything you can’t part with.
2. When the siren sounds you MUST swap clothes with the closest person next to you! Except those with Voyeur bracelet who just want to see the clothes fly.
3. All items of clothing must be clean and in good condition.
4. No nakedness or fighting over clothes is allowed.
5. Have fun, and don’t forget to pose for the paparazzi in your new getups.
6. You must be 21.
General admission is $5, though participants can get in free with a clothing donation at the door. Voyeur bracelets granting you immunity from the swap are $10.
Clothing donations and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Next Step Kakaako (H-5 Charities). H-5 is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending homelessness through innovative approaches that build confidence and accountability while empowering individuals to become self sufficient.
The Next Step Project is the first homeless shelter created by Gov. Linda Lingle in response to the after-dark closure of Ala Moana Beach Park in May, 2006. This project is entering into its third year as a provider of shelter in urban Honolulu.
For more information on all Swap and Bop events, go to www.myspace.com/swapandbop
Also, if you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, Shasa Emporium’s got a weekend sale for you: