Laura King, known throughout Hawaii’s dance community as “Jesennia,” moved here in 2005. Five years earlier, she had already started a company called AKai Silks in Colorado, after being inspired by “the quality of life [in Hawaii], the ‘ohana, and optimal weather conditions for creating silk,” which encouraged her to eventually call Oahu home.
On Beaching It / City and beach parks are often the perfect spot for family picnics, parties, showers and birthdays, but believe it or not, there are pages of rules and regulations which many of us don’t pay attention to until we’re faced with a big fat fine. So we’re breaking it down for you: First-come, First-served Most picnic sites can be used on a first-come, first-served basis, except for Ala Moana and Kapiolani beach parks, which require reservations during the summer season (from now until after Labor Day).
Kite-flying enthusiasts know where to go for epic distance, and where to buy the best in locally made handmade kites., a mystical place found on the windy shores of Maunaloa, Molokai. Owned and operated by Jonathan and Daphne Socher, Molokai’s Big Wind Kite Factory offers something special for those interested in the natural high of kitemaking.
An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Brewers are permitted to use non-organic hops if they can’t get “sufficient quantities” of organic. If you want to taste a truly 95 percent organic brew, ask companies if they use organic hops, and seek out regional organic microbreweries, which don’t require the quantities of hops that big national companies do.
On the lawn / Patrick Dougherty knows a lot about three things: carpentry, nature, and how to direct attention from the naked Occupy Honolulu girl on the corner of Beretania and Ward Avenue to Honolulu Museum’s front lawn. Since early February, Dougherty’s work has stunned us, perplexed us, caused us to take a trip down Where-the-Wild-Things-Are memory lane, all the while analyzing his seven-part sculpture with earthy curiosity.
An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Keeping food out of contact with plastics containing BPA and phthalates is one simple, painless way to reduce exposure to these man-made toxic chemicals, which have been found in more than 90 percent of Americans in “body burden” studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
On the body / We’ve all heard horror stories about the rise in college tuition; in fact, this past February, President Obama publicly scrutinized the education system and raised the problem as an election issue. But instead of turning to more government, perhaps we should look no further than press-on nails.
From pen to poem / In case you missed it, April 26 was Poem in Your Pocket Day, but don’t worry, Hawaii Book Blog launched Poem in Your Aloha Shirt Pocket Day featuring poems by Kohana Au, Don Blanding, Teal Takayama, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sue Cowing and others. How does it work?
James Cave Say you wake up one morning (like Wednesday, because that’s a day when all these good places are open at the same time) and you’re already dressed, your breath smells good because you slept with gum in your mouth, and, because of that American Pickers marathon you watched the night before, you want to experience some real, local history without gazing upon a single tourist. Can’t be done, you say?
Known for its extensive collection of Hawaiian art, historical and science exhibitions, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, and the renowned Hawaiian Hall are dedicated to preserving relics of Hawaiian monarchy, mythology and indigenous histories. Most of us know Bishop Museum well, but if it’s been a while since you’ve said aloha to the large humpback whale, or to local artists Solomon Enos and Meleanna Meyer, perhaps you’re in need a visit.