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