A Different Way To Sell Tickets

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is coming home for two Hawaii concert shows.

Grammy award winning pop singer Bruno Mars will be featured in two concerts in Hawaii this coming November 10 and 11 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The November 10 show is sold out and tickets for the November 11 show go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, June 16) morning at the Aloha Stadium box office and online.

Many people who waited in line at the stadium to buy their tickets or tried at home to get them through the internet were met with frustration and disappointment. Bruno Mars tickets were sold out before the end of the day. People waiting in line were turned away after a certain point, and countless others who tried to buy online were frustrated to learn that “bot” programs bought many tickets for resale at higher prices by third parties.

It seems the same thing will probably happen when tickets for the second show go on sale tomorrow. The line at the stadium was stopped shortly after 9:30 a.m. today. Those lucky enough to beat the cutoff at the stadium are waiting another night for when the box office opens tomorrow. Good luck.

Similarly those wanting to buy online will probably face the same problems they did last week.

Surely many tickets were sold for the 36,000 or so lucky ones last week. But the popularity of the local born singer has made demand for the second show tickets extremely high.

A possible solution.

What should be done to assure that tickets are sold only to the fans (mostly local residents) and not to commercials entities via bots?

My solution would be to allow people to come to the stadium, sit in the seats and have ticket sellers authorized by the stadium and concert promoter to meet every single person seated in the stadium and take their ticket orders with an iPad or other tablet device tied into the payment system and master seat map for the performance being sold.

Curtail all online sales until the people who are at the stadium buy their tickets. Whatever is leftover can be sold online… or as they probably do now, just lop X amount of seats on the side for online sales only. Indicate the online sale allotment in pre-sale information.

If the maximum amount of tickets any one person can buy is 2 or 4, then round down the 36,000 seat number to 16,000 live in person Aloha Stadium ticket buyers. Hire ticket sales agents to take ticket orders iPads and send an e-ticket people’s smart phone and/or email address with a back-up in the cloud just in case. Task done.

While the ticket buying crowd is seated inside Aloha Stadium for the ticket agents to come around, the promoter could use the opportunity to showcase local bands, sell food or something. Make the ticket buying day an enjoyable event.

Surely there are logistical issues to be worked out such as parking, security, sanitation, hiring enough ticket agents and setting rules,  priorities and policies on the actual implementation of the process. It is also possible that this idea may not be feasible at all.

What do you think? Surly this suggestion is only a rough idea, but if planned well it could be possible for the next big show.

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Honokaa Jazz Band In Concert

Honokaa High School Jazz Band

The Honokaa High School Jazz Band is on its 2018 Oahu semester tour . The band is playing at several venues over the next few days. Last night (April 19) they played at Centerstage at the Ala Moana Center. Under band director Gary Washhburn, the band wows crowds with their renditions of popular jazz, pop and rock tunes. The band showcased their virtuosity by covering popular standards such as “Route 66,” “Cry Me a River,” “Moondance,” “The Closer I Get To You,” and several others. Washburn has written music for the band. They played two of his upbeat, toe-tapping, instrumental compositions which showcased the talents of various members on keyboards, drums, sax and brass.

You can learn more about the Honokaa High School Jazz Band from their Facebook page.

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

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IFA Open House This Weekend

One of the fun annual events to attend is the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy‘s annual open house. It comes up this Sunday, April 22 starting at 11:00 a.m. Free admission. Details below:

IFA Announcement Card
Check this out on April 22.
  • UH Manoa Institute for Astronomy • Open House
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 11am-4pm
  • Institute for Astronomy Headquarters
  • 2680 Woodlawn Dr.
  • Across from Noelani School, next to Manoa Public Library
  • FREE admission, FREE parking

Join us for a day of family-friendly activities and talks!

Digitalis planetarium – LEGO display by HILUG – Mindstorms Robotics – Comet making –  Air rockets – Bottle rockets – Pacific Aviation Museum – Model solar system – Sundials – Ask an Astronomer – Infrared camera – Thirty Meter Telescope VR – Solar telescopes – UH Bookstore  – Friends of the IfA – Astrophotography – Camera Obscura – Astronomy talks – and more!

Here are some photos for one that I attended a few years ago:

2015 UH IFA Open HouseSolar viewing through one of the institute’s telescopes.

2015 UH IFA Open HouseModel of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). This must be built!

2015 UH IFA Open HouseInformative stuff about the planets and solar system.

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Hokule’a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii
The Hawaiian sailing canoe Hokule’a made its triumphant return to Hawaii today from its around the world voyage that started three years ago in 2014. The arrival of Hokule’a to Magic Island in Honolulu turned out to be an epic, historic event complete with a flotilla of several other sailing canoes and numerous smaller vessels that went out to sea to greet the canoe. Hokule’a spent the last weeks of its worldwide journey sailing to Hawaii from Tahiti, much like it was on her first trip to and from Tahiti back in 1976.

Volumes of stories have been told about the remarkable canoe which go far beyond the scope that this blog will ever achieve. What we have here is just a tiny snapshot of some of the pictures that we managed to capture on this day of homecoming.

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

All of the photos in this section are also posted to The Hawaii Files Flickr site.

Hokulea and Hikianalia in Hilo, Hawaii

Hokule’a and Hikianalia tied up in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in May 2014 shortly before embarking on the worldwide voyage.

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