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Island Films / Four movies made in our Islands, some with local actors in significant roles, are now available for your home viewing pleasure. Samsara, that psychedelic sequel to Baraka, is one trippy flick.


New Kids On The Block

It’s My Party; I Can DIY. Want To?

New Kids On The Block

New Kids On The Block / Tonight, we’re doing something different. We’re going to throw you a warehouse party with a dance floor, strobe lights, a veejay and a caterer.


Invite Update

What: Honolulu Weekly Literary & Arts Party When: Thu., Jan. 17, 6-8:30 p.m.


Kids These Days

Shirts and Giggles

Kids These Days

Kids These Days / Wherever there is a bad idea that can’t be amended, there is also a wary elder echoing the age-old adage, “You can’t polish a turd.” Thanks to recent scientific strides from the Discovery Channel series MythBusters, that myth was officially put to rest; you can totally polish a “high-gloss” turd using a glossmeter. Similar is the polished aesthetic behind 23-year-old Chad Maluyo’s Crappy Kids clothing line.


Off the Chain

Holo Can You Go?

Off the Chain

Off the Chain / Sculpting a new you for the New Year? Consider cycling indoors.


Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

A Case For Inner Beauty

Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Did you know that cosmetics and personal care products are the leading reason for calls to poison control centers in the United States? Every day, one out of every 13 US women, and one out of every 23 men, is exposed to cosmetic ingredients that are known or probable human carcinogens, according to the Environmental Working Group.


Simple Joys

Letter Rip

Simple Joys

Simple Joys / When Kelli Ann Harada answers the phone, you can immediately hear in her voice the adorability so apparent in her artwork. No one else could’ve started [doodlipoop.com], the webstore featuring punny and heartwarming designs on stationery.


Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

More Beer, Less Guilt

Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Why organic beer? It’s better for the environment and thus our overall health, from the growing of the barley and hops without petrochemical pesticides and fertilizers, to the strict limitation on chemicals used in brewing and cleaning the factory equipment.


To Read, or Not

Oh, the Vanity!

To Read, or Not

To Read, or Not / Untold Stories of a Real Estate Diva, a self-published book by Honolulu Realtor Stephany Sofos purported to be a tell-all of the Honolulu real estate industry, is more of a depressing symbol of our current publishing economy than anything to sit and enjoy reading. Despite Sofos’s promise of well-dished dirt, Diva comes off as, well, the work of a diva: a first draft that somehow got printed, composed of garbled, vainglorious, run-on sentences.


Adult Beverages

Stay Classy

Adult Beverages

Adult Beverages / Need some sharp ideas to get you half seas over and three sheets into the New Year? We did, so we asked Kyle Reutner, the managing bartender at Town restaurant in Kaimuki and co-owner and -founder (with business partner Maria Burke) of Imbibe Hawaii, to help out.


to Get and Give

World of Wool Craft

to Get and Give

to Get and Give / If thinking about one more mall trip makes you feel like crying, here’s a place where you can find great last-minute gifts, hilarity and charity. Art & Flea’s third annual Ugly Sweater Party will feature more than 60 local vendors carrying an abundance of handmade items, vintage pieces, antiques and local art.


New in Kaka’ako! . . . again

Behold: the Aerium

New in Kaka’ako! . . . again

New in Kaka’ako! . . . again / The dust that never seems to settle in Kakaako isn’t borne of gang fights or the constant construction on Ala Moana Boulevard (I mean, will that ever end?). It’s from new and unique shops that seem to open up every 20 minutes.


Holiday Grinds Simple Steamed Pudding

Simple Steamed Pudding

Holiday Grinds Simple Steamed Pudding

Holiday Grinds Simple Steamed Pudding / We couldn’t resist sharing this recipe, just in time for the holidays, from Weekly contributor Wanda A. Adams.


MIH: Impossible?

The State’s incentive to “Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha,” recently announced by Governor Abercrombie, is based on the idea that consumers confine holiday shopping to local businesses selling locally created products. But, what does being “Made in Hawaii” mean, and how strict is such a label?


What to Wear

Pass the Salty

What to Wear

What to Wear / At a backyard gathering, Blair Townley is wearing a black and white trucker hat with the words “Get Salty” emblazoned on the front. Everybody grins at it.


Made in Hawaii: Practical & Useful Gifts

Remember the episode of Boy Meets World when Cory’s dad bought his mom a trash compactor as a gift for their anniversary? She was not a happy camper until (spoiler alert!) he forked over a pearl necklace.


Potted Trees from Helemano Farms

Consider this: plants as gifts. They last for years and provide a multitude of benefits.


Salt Pots

Salt shakers are out, salt pots are in. Lanikai Pot and Plant’s salt pots are little dishes that sit in the center of your dining table, complete with a small wooden spoon and Hawaiian sea salt to season your dishes in a more elegant and pure way.


dish + hand soap - ocean plastic

We can recycle plastic containers with 1s and 2s on them, but what about the rest? Millions of tons of plastic make it into our oceans each year, not only making it hard to walk on the sand without stepping on crap, but screwing up our sea life.


Scrub It Kook Soaps

I never know what to buy the men in my life. All they seem to want are boxers and video games, and I can’t pick out either.


Heart Stumps

Earrings, pushpins, and other small trinkets are easy to misplace. Heart Stumps, hollow birch or cherry wood tubes held closed by an elastic band, are the perfect solution.


Mamalani Organic Deodorants and Body Powders

Especially for the active, staying fresh can be a problem. Many deodorants double as antiperspirants, which contain aluminum and chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.


Hawaiian Koa Pens

Not enough things are handwritten anymore. Computers may be faster, but they miss that personal touch that comes with someone’s signature curvy letters.


Makana’s Box

Since Wei Fang and Kina Mahi have spent more than a few years off-island, chasing degrees and careers, altogether realizing how homesick Hawaii can make you, they’ve created a remedy to rough Hawaiian withdrawals. Makana (in Hawaiian, gift)–a monthly subscription service of curated gift boxes–was founded because they want to share the natural wealth of our paradise by simultaneously supporting all the best that is Hawaiian-made.


Kama‘aina Causes

The Right to Read

Kama‘aina Causes

Kama‘aina Causes / The first book I ever remember reading was Green Eggs and Ham. I don’t know where it came from or where it went–all that mattered at the time was that it was mine, and it fostered my love of not only literature, but of education.


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