Island Wise

Buttery Soft Silk

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

How to Soak up the Sun…without being fined.

On Beaching It

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 Runners

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

A Hops Loophole

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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.


Moving Beyond the Bad Gift for Dad

Neckties, barbecue-scented cologne–not this year, please. Fact is, unless you can afford to give your dad a new car this Father’s Day, your gift may be lacking in substance and surprise.


On Writing

Memoir Bound

On Writing

On Writing / Starting the day after Father’s Day, the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series launches a sequence of workshops hosted by some of Hawaii’s most innovative writers and artists.


On Boys & Toys

In Case He’s Not…a Wordsmith!

On Boys & Toys

On Boys & Toys / What do Big Boys Toys, MMA and the American Poolplayers Association have in common? A three-day weekend at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.


An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

Less Meat is More

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing

An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Looking for an alternative to Wolfgang’s? Encourage dad to skip red meat at least one day a week (but maybe wait ‘til Monday).


On Lakes & Lures

Bass Masters

On Lakes & Lures

On Lakes & Lures / He probably talks about it: fishing on Sunday. But the reality is that shore fishing on Oahu stinks, and paying for a charter is, for many of us, a month’s rent.


On Finding the Right Words

You’ve Got Mail

On Finding the Right Words

On Finding the Right Words / When’s the last time you saw your dad send or receive a real, live letter? 1986?


Encased in Glass

On days when there’s no surf, or it’s too windy, or waves are just too big, artist Jan Hayashi walks Oahu’s beaches looking for sea glass. “Some of my friends even pitch in,” she says.


On the lawn

Stick Man

On the lawn

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

It’s a Wrap

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 tongue

You Might Actually Scream

On the tongue

On the tongue / According to a 2009 Harris Poll study that surveyed adult eating habits, 97 percent of Americans love eating ice cream. That means only 3 percent of Americans don’t eat ice cream.


On the body

Lay Off the Loans With Press-On Nails

On the body

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

Finding Something Besides Lint

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?


The Writing Instrument

Aaron P. Lau, or “Stinky” as he is affectionately nicknamed, is fascinated by wood.


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Modern Day Paper Problem

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Excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Recycling paper produces far fewer greenhouse gases than producing virgin paper. One ream (500 sheets) of 100 percent PCW paper saves five pounds of CO2, according to [stopglobalwarming.org].


One Day in Kalihi…

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?


Bishop Museum

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.


Lion Coffee

Explore the grounds. Start your field trip right, at Lion Coffee, the very place where beans are roasted and bagged, packaged and shipped, and if the wind is just right, you’ll smell mac-nut beans roasting from blocks away.


KoAloha ‘Ukuleles

JC preps the bodies for assembly. If you have time before pau hana, check out KoAloha ‘Ukuleles, not just for the instruments they produce, but to witness first-hand how instrumental they are in the redevelopment of Kalihi’s community.


Alicia’s Market

You’ll come to Alicia’s with an empty stomach. You’ll leave with a full heart.


Surfline

It’s all outdoors inside Surfline. Surfline by Jam’s World is a company that’s been at the front of the surf culture wave since the ‘60s, and their new shop on Puuhale Road, is what the manager, Hanale Halualani calls a lifestyle store.


La Mariana Sailing Club

One last toast before blackout Recoup from this history spree by binging on a Zombie, made fresh for you at the tiki bar at the La Mariana Sailing Club. It’s one of the last true tiki bars still pumping out dangerously delicious concoctions.


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