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Spring Arts

Ah, Spring. Such a beautiful time of year.

Food as Weapon

Albert Einstein was Dr. Vandana Shiva’s hero as a little girl growing up in India.

Climate Change in Hawaii: It’s Here

For years we’ve been hearing ominous rumblings about climate change and its many implications for the planet, especially Hawaii and other islands in the Western Pacific. The scenarios fueled by a rapidly expanding body of science are sobering: rising temperatures and prolonged droughts, dying coral reefs and dwindling fish stocks.

Word Up

As the entries piled up, it became clear that this year’s Literary Contest would be a horse race in all three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction. Overall, the quality of the writing was higher, and the voices and visions were from throughout the Islands, from Chinatown to Waipahu to Molokai.

Poetry Winners

First Place Damien’s Tears

Poetry Winners

Poetry Winners / Poetry Winners First Place Damien’s Tears Big Tutu says the salt in her jar Was gathered by a haole nurse Off east Kalaupapa, Where tide pools appear at sunrise But vanish by night. Plenty black crab over there Scuttling across the lava.

Poetry Winners

Second Place Frigate Bird

Poetry Winners

Poetry Winners / Poetry Winners Second Place Frigate Bird Haleiwa’s name declares it the hale of the ‘iwa, the house of the frigate bird. Most days you can spy one of those big-winged, fork-tailed rascals soaring over head in flight no plane or kite could match, cruising fast lanes of upper air, soaring effortlessly for hours, then, with a slight shrug of shoulder and tilt of tail, accelerating a long, down-wind dive, wings brandishing their swords for a rapid descent aimed at the head of a smaller bird, startling it into spitting up its meal, which the ‘iwa snatches mid-air.

Non-Fiction Winners

First Place The Queen of Molokai

Non-Fiction Winners

Non-Fiction Winners / Non-Fiction Winners First Place The Queen of Molokai Brownie’s on horseback. A plane’s mosquito-like hum causes her mare to veer into roadside kiawe so she pulls back on the reins till the humming quits.

Non-Fiction Winners

Second Place Jii Chan

Non-Fiction Winners

Non-Fiction Winners / Non-Fiction Winners Second Place Jii Chan Jii-chan he Watashi no koto yoku shiranai to omou. Watashi no jinsei ni go kai shika attenai node, sono toki demo watashi no kangae wo hakkiri nihongo de ienakatta.

Fiction Winners

First Place Kalihi Valley Girl

Fiction Winners

Fiction Winners / Fiction Winners First Place Kalihi Valley Girl I’m only telling you this because I’m like nice and all and you’re the new girl at our school. I mean take a look at you, like seriously.

Fiction Winners

Second Place The Cockroach Incident

Fiction Winners

Fiction Winners / Fiction Winners Second Place The Cockroach Incident I once had a roommate who’d kill cockroaches on our kitchen counter and just leave them there. Every time I’d come home, I’d find these smeary, half-splattered cockroach carcasses all over the counter.

Country’s Time

First coined in the 1970s, the sentiment “Keep the Country Country” still runs deep. But that mantra hasn’t insulated the North Shore of Oahu from the pressures of urbanization, which are squeezing the region on numerous fronts from Haleiwa to Laie, all connected by the sole two-lane highway but lacking a comprehensive plan.

High Surf, Higher Stakes

On January 28, 2009, the day before the most recent Eddie Aikau Invitational surf meet was called, a crowd on the beach at Waimea Bay watched the crowd in the water: wannabes as well as the invitees tuning up for the contest. The surf was easily 20-plus feet Hawaiian, and one unfortunate soul, caught in the rip, was being swept inexorably towards Jump Rock and exploding white water.

Gifts for Your Gourmand

Our list of the best in locally made food gifts is broken into two parts: delectable foods and surefire items to include in y

Locally Made

M.I.H.: What’s it spell? Made in Hawaii has been the Weekly’s mantra since we started out as a locally made newspaper 21 years ago.


As the holidays approach, traditional visions of turkeys, hams and Cornish hens dance in our heads. Unfortunately, in the Islands, we are heavily dependent on a supermarket meat selection produced by an industrial system lacking integrity and accountability.

Architecture matters now!

“I want to see a conversation about how architecture affects everybody on a daily basis,” says architect Pip White, president of the Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “I want people to begin to understand how urban planning and design impacts their lives.

Winter Books

Writers are born of readers, and reading is all about understanding different people and places and judging–for yourself–what’s wrong or right, or both. Stories give our lives their shape, and you’ll find plenty to enjoy, fact and fiction, in this issue.

Defend Dillingham: or get ready for El Hell

What’s gonna happen to Dillingham Boulevard if we let the city put the Hannemann/Caldwell elevated train right on top of it? It’s a question Honolulu needs to answer at the voting booth on Nov.

Green House-cleaning

In urban Oahu’s storied Distr. 20, a Green Party candidate who refuses corporate contributions is seeking to unseat the veteran Speaker of the state House of Representatives.

Local Farms Local Food

Local, local, local. Here it is: Our first special issue devoted to local food, its importance, its place today and its future tomorrow.

Light Drinking

It’s old news that writers and therapeutic drinking are eternally self-destructive soul mates. But since working at the Weekly, I’ve become surrounded by the rare breed of writers who don’t.

Lofty Business

Artists in Honolulu are banding together to form mutually beneficial communities among themselves–as well as with the communities in which they live and work. Veteran Rich Richardson of Arts at Marks Garage and the Artists Lofts in Chinatown, who’s been at it for a decade, and youthful innovators Jasper Wong and Jeff Gress of the Lana Lane Studios in Kaka’ako, have ambitions as big as the city they’re trying to redeem from dereliction.

GMO Transparency

Taking control of Hawaii’s food supply is not an issue pitting hippies and liberals against economic progress. Rather, it is about understanding how the agrichemical farm industry seeks to control our food system by keeping us in the dark as to what, exactly, is in our food and being released into our environment.

Fall Arts 2012: Sonic Wave Report

The growth of Honolulu’s arts scene has been fueled by community demand and a shared goal of accessibility, and by the artists at the heart of a passionate multi-media environment energized by Hawaii’s ideals and artistic openness. This fall, we’re looking forward to indie rock’s Electric Palms Music Festival (next week) as well as Future Islands, Pink Mist, and Kill The Noise later in the year.

Cayetano vs Caldwell: Who’s the real Eco-Candidate?

With Ben Cayetano opposing the Honolulu Rail on environmental grounds, and Kirk Caldwell supporting the Rail as green, it’s time to take a look at which one is the more credible advocate for the environment. What are their histories?

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