Festivals & Fairs / Collidiscope 2013, held at Camp Timberline in Kapolei, is a departure from your usual night out. With themed “camps” that participants build based on their own designs, interactive art, musical performances and a variety of workshops, you can lose yourself, find yourself and lose yourself all over again.
Festivals & Fairs / Next weekend, hula devotees from around the world will flock to Waikiki for the sixth annual International Waikiki Hula Conference. Attendees will have the chance to learn about Hawaii’s traditional dance while paying tribute to Hawaii’s last king, David Kalakaua, whose nickname, “The Merrie Monarch,” is the Hilo-based hula festival’s namesake.
Concerts & Clubs / Mercury Bar head of promotions Robert Bidigare became interested in “tiki culture” after his girlfriend introduced him to some of the Polynesian-inspired kitsch’s finer points. With Tiki Tomba!, Bidigare aims to combine the fun, laid-back atmosphere of the pop-culture trope with a meaningful display of local talent.
Concerts & Clubs / When John Mayall plays the blues, other musicians stop and listen–and more often than you’d think, they end up playing in his band. The list of former mates is an almanac of blues greats: Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Billy Gibbons, Mick Taylor, Steve Miller, Billy Preston, Otis Rush and Jeff Healey.
Stage / “Some of these items I’m just in awe of,” says Barrio Vintage co-owner Bradley Rhea, describing the clothing he’s brought back from the mainland for the Bario Vintage Fashion Show. Displaying some fantastic prints, wild proportions and, of course, being at least a full generation dated, these outfits will turn heads and do what vintage is supposed to: make you wish you lived back then, and make others wish they had snagged those tight cords first.
Festivals & Fairs / In Hawaii we like to do things a little different, like cut out as many prepositions as possible when we speak, put soy sauce on everything from sticky rice to green mango and wait until a Mini Cooper gets stuck in a pothole before we decide to fill it. So, celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the fourth of May is our way of adding local flavor to this delicious occasion.
Stage / Everyone knows the tale of farm pig Wilbur, the rambunctious runt of the litter who befriends a special spider named Charlotte. That said, you ain’t seen it spun quite like this before.
Galleries / For fishcake’s current exhibit Small Photos, curator Keiko Hakano challenged 11 local photographers to think small. “Most of them are used to big works, like 20×16 frames.
Stage / Whether you’re into modern dance, break dance, butoh, folk dance–or some combination thereof–UH Manoa’s student-choreographed dance concert, Spring Footholds, is going to have a shoe in your size. “This is an incredibly varied concert, with so many different things going on,” says dance program director Gregg Lizenbery.
Concerts & Clubs / A hip-hop concert at the Blaisdell that does not feature a national recording artist’s name on their marquee is uncharted territory. This will change Saturday at The Hip Hop Show–possibly the largest collection of local hip-hop artists in the 50th state.
Earth Day / “Coastal stewardship is a growing trend as Hawaii awakens to the understanding that part of the lifestyle of enjoying the ocean comes [with] the responsibility to care for it at the same time,” says Kahi Pacarro, executive director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (SCH). The group encourages people to spend 4/20 going green with the third annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup and Music Festival.
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.