Island Wise
On the body

One Loco Boutique

On the body

On the body / Crazy Fish Boutique, the second storefront at the Royal Hawaiian Center from mother-daughter team Mary and Glendy Lo, is everything you’d expect from the duo who also owns Royal Fish. Inside this shop, you’ll find lots of pastels, butterflies, fish, and a chandelier that pulls all the girliness together in one fell swoop.


For the Home

Maui Must-See

For the Home

For the Home / Every once in a while, you’re driving along until you see a shop so alluring you have to snag a parking space as soon as possible. This happened to me in Wailuku on Maui when Native Intelligence, a gift shop devoted to things Polynesian, moved from a tiny Market Street location to a roomier space I remember from my childhood as a car dealership.


A one-night only pop-up art benefit

The Comeback of Koga

A one-night only pop-up art benefit

A one-night only pop-up art benefit / Sculptor John Koga curates and promotes some of the most innovative art shows in neighborhood galleries and garages. The man’s skilled in transforming spaces into art ecosystems, with artists, pieces, buyers, collectors, charities, local and national celebrities all in attendance, all in an effort to bring different communities together to form a larger network.


Sexy Spandexy

When the alluring swimsuit designer Alyssa Ferguson walks by, you do a double-take, but when a girl walks by wearing one of her swimsuits, you just stare. That’s because Ferguson’s line of swimsuits, A Love Story by Alyssa Ferguson, is a crocheted set of Brazilian-style eye candy.


Go Big, or Go Home

For the first time in Hawaii, printmakers will have the very unique opportunity to take part in steamrolling their art while continuing the timely conversation on local food. PrintBig!


An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Perc Down

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Although 85 percent of US dry cleaners still use the highly toxic solvent known as perchloroethylene, or “perc.” Perc fumes produce the pungent, sickly sweet smell that greets you at a conventional dry cleaner’s. Exposure to this chemical, which the state of California has ordered to be phased out by 2023, can cause dizziness, headache, nausea and skin and lung irritation.


On Throwing Things

Experience Clay

On Throwing Things

On Throwing Things / You know you’re a lucky city when you have a potters’ guild. And we do.


On Your Plate

Superhour

On Your Plate

On Your Plate / There’s a new mobile app in town, and it happens to be one worth writing about. [HappyHourHawaii.com] has just solved a big problem for those of us hoping to get out of our pau hana rut.


Made in Hawai’i

Re-treating Art

Made in Hawai’i

Made in Hawai’i / Seems like there are retreats for everyone: triathletes and yogis, bikers and scooter riders, horse and fishing enthusiasts, even ceramicists, where artists share ceramic-making tips and techniques with each other, living and sleeping and eating this age-old art form during a long smoky weekend. That was at Camp Mokuleia, held in Waialua this past May, and for the past month the resulting works have been exhibited at The ARTS at Marks Garage.


Through the Lens

In This Corner…

Through the Lens

Through the Lens / Spend enough time in Chinatown and you’re sure to see Cheyne Gallarde, killing it with his sharp style and sharper eye for the camera. A resident in the Chinatown Artists Lofts on Maunakea Street, he runs Firebird Photography there, is a professional photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer and is also the referee of the online Photoboxing competition–although “The word ‘competition’ takes the fun out of it,” he’s quick to say.


An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Get Wild

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Wild Alaska salmon, now in season, is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Grab it fresh when affordable (sockeye’s $9/lb.


On the wall

Painted Ladies

On the wall

On the wall / Artist Fatima Casadei spent much of her life growing up in tattoo shops, years designing and illustrating body art, before ever picking up a machine and placing her first tattoo. “I left the tattoo shop to adventure off on a 10-year career as a burlesque performer and Vaudeville producer,” she says.


For the history buff

A Room of One’s Own

For the history buff

For the history buff / After years of conservation work, the historic Damascus Room of Doris Duke’s iconic Shangri La is now open. The room dates from the late 18th Century and includes elaborately painted wood ceilings, and panels and doors with gold calligraphy.


Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Green Toys

Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Babies take and treat their toys very personally and, well, intimately, chewing and mouthing them with abandon. Unfortunately, as most parents have become aware, there are some pretty toxic toys on the market.


Made in Hawaii

The Hole Story

Made in Hawaii

Made in Hawaii / “Living in Hawaii is such a huge contrast from the Grunge era of Seattle in the mid-‘90s,” says jewelry artisan, Diana Novoselic of MaDi Designs Hawaii. “My brother was the bassist for Nirvana,” the Grammy award-winning band that basically defined that decade in music.


On Speaking

What It Means To Be Heard

On Speaking

On Speaking / In case you didn’t know, there’s an Oceanic spoken word movement happening here in Hawaii, and this Friday and Saturday mark an important achievement in the movement’s ability to connect contemporary spoken word artists and the Pacific traditions of orature. “If you’re interested in any kind of artistic civic engagement and sustainable futures for our Pacific communities, then this is for you,” says Lyz Soto, co-executive director for Youth Speaks Hawaii and Pacific Tongues regarding the Spoken Word Symposium: Building a Community of Oceanic Voices and Performances.


The Language of Mark Making

Lynn Young makes books. A poet and visual artist, Young’s passion for book-making has turned into scores of fans begging her to teach the craft.


An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Speaking of Paper…

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Some of you have inquired about where to find recycled office paper. We want to help.


On the wall

Collecting Paper

On the wall

On the wall / Andrew Rose of Andrew Rose Gallery wanted to offer an exhibition wherein the gallery’s represented artists would be presented side-by-side with internationally-renowned artists to acknowledge the level to which the Honolulu gallery scene has risen. On Paper–the gallery’s first exhibition of artworks on paper–came to life last Friday.


Fascination Incubation

We hear about collaborative “pop-up” events a lot, and occasionally readers will email me asking, “What exactly does pop-up mean, and is this really worth my time?” Well, pops-up are: 1) temporary retail shops or eateries, and 2) almost always worth your time. Take for instance the current collaboration between Surf Line Hawaii/Jams World and the Hawaiian Fashion Incubator (Hifi), the newest pop-up sensation since The Pig and The Lady.


On Finding a Buzz

Make Lager Not War

On Finding a Buzz

On Finding a Buzz / Trying to figure out something new to do this Fourth of July? Instead of swigging back a six-pack, why not swing into Home Brew In Paradise to check out their beer-and-wine-making supplies, including new syrups, hops and malts?


An Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Note on “Natural”

An Excerpt from Do One Green Thing

An Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Always bear in mind that some truly natural substances can be irritating and toxic: think of poison oak and ivy. In 2009, for example, the FDA ordered that carmine/cochineal, a color made from an insect, be spelled out on ingredients lists because it can be highly allergenic!


On Collecting History

The Moral of Buying Art

On Collecting History

On Collecting History / Starting Friday, Mauna Kea Galleries will feature original Webber Engravings from the 18th Century as a special showing and benefit for the Monk Seal Puuhonua. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the sales of these engravings directly benefits the initiative.


On Empty Spaces

Auction Hunting

On Empty Spaces

On Empty Spaces / Chuck Watson, a well-known businessman and former president of Hawaiian Dredging and Construction Company was also occupied by “hammering through all hours of the night,” says Carol Moore. The owner of Moore Ideas, she is helping to get the word out about an epic Watson art auction taking place this Saturday.


An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Sun Blocked?

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / The most important ingredient to avoid in sunscreen is Benzophenone (BP-3), also known as oxybenzone. Why: It’s rated a high hazard by Environmental Working Group ([cosmeticsdatabase.com]) and it gets under your skin.


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