Music / All you kids who couldnʻt attend Coachella this year, here’s good news: Three Walls is Honolulu’s answer to Lollapalooza or SXSW. “We felt like there’s a lack of live music festivals here, and we want to support Oahu artists of all mediums,” says Casea Collins-Wright of CoXist Studio, who will co-produce the event with Enrique Zender of Mi Casa Entertainment.
Arts / The Hawaii Convention Center opened in 1998, displaying more than $1 million of artwork purchased by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for installation. But not a single native Hawaiian artist–not even Joe Dowson, Herb Kane, Sean Brown, Rocky Jensen or Marie McDonald–was even considered for inclusion, remembers Vicky Holt Takamine, Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) co-chair.
Theater / In the compelling production of Donald Margulies’s Time Stands Still at Hawaii Repertory Theatre, the brightest objects in the Williamsburg loft of two war journalists are the red Middle Eastern rugs and an orange carved-wood box. These pretty souvenirs come from the same places as the couple’s other baggage, the horrific memories they can’t get out of their heads.
If it weren’t for a fateful dentist appointment, Saosin vocalist Anthony Green wouldn’t have gone home and started jamming with old friend Colin Frangicetto, who was recovering from the breakup of his band, This Day Forward. A few experimental tracks later, the two began Circa Survive, an ambitious rock outfit combining Green’s ethereal vocals with Frangicetto’s myriad instrumental talents.
Theater / Not your usual tourist destination, the darkly foreboding forest of the Vosges draws many to honor the World War II battle sites that earned the 442nd Regiment and its Hawaii-sourced 100th Infantry Battalion their “Go for Broke” reputations. Here is where Major General John Dahlquist fed them into a German meat grinder to rescue a “lost battalion” of 211 Texans, resulting in 216 Japanese-American deaths and 856 wounded.
Entertainment / Mailani For her third solo album, Manawa, Mailani sings contemporary Hawaiian music with a well-balanced array of past and present compositions. Kamaaina favorites like “Aloha No” and “Green Rose Hula” are embellished just right, and the arrangements pay appropriate tribute to musicians and composers from Hawaiian music’s golden age.
Learning / The newly renovated Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium at Bishop Museum shows us that the night sky is more than just pretty sparkles. After a $1.5 million retrofit, the space boasts a seamless dome, new chairs, carpet, LED lights, a brand new Chronos II star machine and Digistar 4 video system.
Green / Take a dip into Bundit Kanisthakhon and Kirk Malanchuk’s creative pond known as Tadpole Studio (TS) and you emerge renewed and inspired, emotions synonymous with their remodel of arts enterprise R/D. Reflecting on the new R/D reveals TS’s approach to design and aesthetics: How to make the most of what’s already there.
Museum / Anyone who thinks that contemporary art has forgotten the magic of craftsmanship should see two solo shows at the Honolulu Museum of Art–Little Worlds: Video Sculptures by Tony Oursler and Undulation: rise and fall: Recent Work by John Tanji Koga. Oursler is on the culture-radar right now for directing “Where Are We Now?”, David Bowie’s first music video in ten years.
Film / It started seven years ago, when Showdown in Chinatown (SIC) founder Torry Tukuafu and a few of his co-workers from Lost were in an argument about who among them was the best filmmaker. They decided the best way to settle it was to see who could write, shoot and edit a short film within 24 hours.
Learning / The Library of Hawaii opened its doors as the first public library in the Islands in Feburary, 1913. This year, it celebrates its centennial with exhibits and programs that look back on the evolution of the building from the Library of Hawaii to the Hawaii State Library (HSL) and its flagship enterprise, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS).
Sweet Yo’ Self Don’t let Singles Awareness Day bring you down–use your freedom to treat yourself to a fancy night out the way no lover ever could. Who knows, you might even meet someone you’ll spend Valentine’s Day 2014 with.
Theater / “They really went for it–all the way!” a woman exclaimed in line at the restroom during intermission of Boeing, Boeing at Manoa Valley Theatre. The ladies’ room, in case you don’t know, is a great place to gauge an audience’s reaction partway through a play–especially when the play in question deals with a man juggling three lovers, stewardesses in every sense of the era, but what we more politically correctly refer to now as flight attendants.
For as long as we can remember, Chinatown has been notorious for drugs, homelessness and filthy streets. Some claim nothing has changed–and that it never will.
Bicyclists have long been overlooked by four-wheel riders on Honolulu’s congested streets. In the gleaming, armored pecking order of the road, cyclists are too often dismissed as lane hogs, hand-signaling nuisances and unfortunates who can’t afford cars.
The fate of some 1,525 acres of land at Hoopili in ‘Ewa may have been decided last Wednesday in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. The decision might have gone differently, but the appellant attorneys’ strategy seemed to collapse as Judge Rhonda Nishimura picked it apart based on technical errors.
Last Thursday, May 9, the Caldwell administration revealed its action plan for solving Honolulu’s homeless problem. But at the City Council’s budget meeting the same day, Budget chair Ann Kobayashi wanted to know where the money for “Housing First” (see Cover Story, pg.
The Mayor Wright Housing project has been slated for major redevelopment by the Hawaii State Housing Authority (HSHA); requests for qualifications will be going out to developers in three to six months. Nonprofit group Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) wants to make sure the project’s tenants have a say in the redevelopment process, which could include major renovations or a total rebuild.
The Honolulu City Council held a special Committee on Transportation meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to go over its Complete Streets initiative with input from the department directors of Design and Construction (DDC), Planning and Permitting (DPP) and Transportation Services (DTS). At prior meetings, including the Moiliili workshop, community members pressed the idea of combining Complete Streets with Caldwell’s repaving projects, which Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and some councilmembers have said makes sense.
Not much to agree with my friend Doc Berry (“Limits of Growth,” April 17). None of the scenarios he posits will ever materialize.
In your Diary of May 8 (“End of the 27th)” you reported on SB 1214, passed by the Legislature. In their nimble way, the Legislature tacked the wheel boot prohibition on a bill that was intended to abolish the Commission on Transportation.
On Friday, May 3, at 3:45 p.m., I was driving town bound through the Wilson tunnel on the Likelike. I was parallel to another car, and there were several other cars following closely behind me.
Congratulations Honolulu Weekly on the recent Pai award for investigative reporting (“Boss GMO,” Jan. 4, 2012).
When the biofuel guys say that costs are “confidential” (“Big-foot Biofuel,” May 8), I reply that since I am the one who is going to end up paying the cost, I have a right to know. Frankly, when everybody tries to hide the costs, I smell rat …
The Foster Botanical Garden never ceases to inspire for an urban setting it is like a step back in time (“See the Flora,” May 8). If Koko Crater Botanical Garden contains the world’s largest plumeria collection as suggested, it may be thanks in part to the Prussian born Dr.