Island Wise
Sound Waves

Sing It, Sister

Sound Waves

Sound Waves / When I think of Canadian imports to Hawaii, I think of extremely beautiful and talented women: Evangeline Lilly, Grace Park and now, Erin Smith, the energetic and incredibly sexy frontwoman of Maui-based The Throwdowns. She hails from Toronto but has spent the past eight years in Hawaii, winning awards on her own (Best Female Musician by Maui Time for four years in a row).


Art

The Gift of Breath

Art

Art / There’s something so incredibly mesmerizing about the glassblowing process. The slow turning of the glass over heat as air steadily fills the molten lump and transforms it into a piece of art is a captivating, almost therapeutic, experience to witness, but there aren’t very many well-known glass artists here on Oahu.


Black Weekend

AmEx, the Great and Patronizing

Black Weekend / It was a good week for credit card companies. A Trans-Union report was published last week saying Americans’ credit card debt and delinquency has risen over the previous quarter.


On the Wall

Carnival Knowledge

On the Wall

On the Wall / Illustrator Kris Goto lives not between the lines, but within them. Her contours follow the curves of a theme that wanders through phases, each connecting with its sequel.


Sound Waves

New Music

Sound Waves

Sound Waves / Local music is more than slack key and native yodels. Here are three new releases showcasing our musicians’ boundless creativity.


IN HER WORDS

Melissa May White

IN HER WORDS

IN HER WORDS / Melissa May White had a seed of an idea to water and grow our local fashion industry by creating within it an organization that supports and connects new talent with the larger fashion establishment. Through their Hawaii Fashion Incubator (Hifi), White and co-founder Toby Portner have proven an integral driving force behind the current fashion resurgence, leading up to a possible Hawaii Fashion Month, later to be heard more about in the coming months.


It Came From Japan

The Maids are Here

It Came From Japan

It Came From Japan / Walk down Harajuku and they’re everywhere: Frilly, leggy girls (or guys, in some parts of Japan) dressed in maid costumes, waiting to serve you tea, play games and give you massages. The service?


On Stage

Sparking Awareness

On Stage

On Stage / SPARK, by Obie Award-winning writer Claridad Svich, is a play about three sisters embroiled in the aftermath of war, dealing with such heavy topics as what happens when soldiers come home, how we carry on and the importance of family strength. SPARK is being performed all over the U.S.


Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Pest-Free, Locally

Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Pesticides contaminate the soil and water, spread in the air, and kill birds, fish, amphibians and beneficial insects such as honeybees. Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers oversturate the soil and run off into waterways, causing increased proliferation of algae, which results in oxygen depletion, fish kills and oceanic dead zones.


One More Time

Final Show

One More Time

One More Time / Good things don’t necessarily come in threes. Hall and Oates.


On The Table

Tastebud Trek

On The Table

On The Table / The foodie community in Honolulu never seems to stop growing–just look at all the gastropubs, pop-ups, food trucks, block parties, farmers markets. This is not a bad thing.


Mālama ‘āina

Speak for the Trees

Mālama ‘āina

Mālama ‘āina / Arbor Day is on Friday, and on Saturday, in the Hawaiian Electric Company & Partners Arbor Day Tree Giveaway, fruit trees, palms, shrubs and native plants will be up for a free adoption. Not only an age-old tradition–Queen Liliuokalani is known to have planted royal palms on Arbor Day each year–planting trees also protects our environment by limiting the need for air conditioning.


The End?

Last Chance

The End? / Mish Mash, the sweet little year-and-a-half old vintage shop with an attitude that held a strong force on the frontlines in Chinatown with Otto Cake will, sadly, raise its vintage lamé surrender flag at the end of November. Store owner Nicole Franco says the reason for deciding to close amounts to “a combination of things .


Poetry

I Was Not Even Born When You Turned Into A Candy Dish

Poetry / And I knew then that you were good. And I took everything back down to the river in gratitude.


HW 2nd Annual Literary Contest

Hello, procrastinating writers! Due to an overwhelming response, we’ve extended the deadline for contest submissions to Nov.


Made in Hawai’i

This Road Leads to Roam

Made in Hawai’i

Made in Hawai’i / There’s an ice cream truck on the North Shore that, instead of selling manapua and candy, is now driven around the Island by pretty women who sell one of a kind, hand-made surf culture-inspired art and clothes. Called ROAM Hawai’i, this vagabond collective–Marissa Eveland, Melissa Jasniy, Cassandra Rull and founder Brooke Dombroski–are doing high fashion their own way.


On the Wall

The Blur of Conceptual Art

On the Wall

On the Wall / The term “conceptual art” may be hard to comprehend. Isn’t all art drawn from a concept?


IN HER WORDS

Maile Meyer

IN HER WORDS

IN HER WORDS / The owner of Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i, who is also involved in ii gallery in Kaka’ako, the Lana Lane Artists’ Studios and the Maoli Art in Real Time (MAiRT) movement, Maile Meyer works to make sure Hawaiian and local perspectives are represented. Meyer sat down with us to share her ideas in the first installment of an ongoing series that features cultural leaders in their own words.


Galleries

Chinatown Bubbly

Galleries

Galleries / A toast to Chinatown and its multitude of art galleries is the theme of the High Noon Champagne Gallery Tour, hosted by The ARTS at Marks Garage. This neighborhood can be daunting to navigate, especially when exploring solo.


Made in Hawai’i

Man Bling

Made in Hawai’i

Made in Hawai’i / From the labradoodle to the black and tan, juxtapositions of extremes are just magically pleasing. Jewelry by Justine draws from this very enigma.


Art Wheels

Adair Hill, owner and creator of Art Truck Hawaii, believes art should be accessible and affordable. That’s why he started Big Banyan, a website that sells unique local, global and student artwork.


On Stage and Online

Everyone’s a Critic!

On Stage and Online

On Stage and Online / Ever see a play, musical or performance and either liked or disliked it so much you wanted to share your thoughts–in writing people would actually see? Your moment has arrived.


hi style

Getting Lucky

hi style

hi style / Some people write books. Others paint pictures.


On the walls

Waiks by Daido

On the walls

On the walls / Schools are well into the fall semester now, and midterms are looming close. Whether you’re a student or alumnus, sometimes a beautiful photograph is just what you need to get out of your stressed head.


Like Mother, Like Daughter

Meet Carla and Sasha Capone, the mother-daughter duo behind a new online boutique, Beach Wahine. Launched in June, the store features local designers who share the Capones’ love for the beach lifestyle.


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