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Party pics: Hawaii Cocktail Week launch party

Hawaii Cocktail Week kicked off last night with a launch party at Coxist Studio hosted by Hawaii Bitters. Check out our party pics from the event

Posted February 17, 2013 by Ed Morita

We were there for the launch party of the first ever Hawaii Cocktail Week! One of the many parties-within-a-party at last night’s massive Honolulu Night + Market, Hawaii Cocktail Week started with an event hosted by Hawaii Bitters at Coxist Studio.

Master mixologist Joey Gottesman, kept the party going with cocktails highlighting the much anticipated Hawaii Bitters, which had three flavors available to sample – Lilikoi, Kona Coffee & Macadamia Nut and Manoa Chocolate & Ginger.

There was also plenty of dancing, a hookah lounge outside and even body painting. Here are our party pics to kick off Nonstop Honolulu’s coverage of Hawaii Cocktail Week.

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Hawaii Cocktail Week launch party

Photo by Ed Morita

You can find a complete list of Hawaii Cocktail Week events, at


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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