On Stage / High flyin’ martial arts and movie stunt-like acrobatics characterize the mysterious Shaolin Temple of China’s Henan Province, soon to visit our little haven of Honolulu. The 22 Buddhist monks of The Shaolin Warriors appear again on the Hawaii Theatre stage for seven nights of shows to kick off a 44-city nationwide tour.
Concerts & Clubs / “The purpose was to find the musicians out there that just have the love of Hawaiian music and give them the opportunity to play in Waikiki,” says Luana Maitland, music director of Kani Ka Pila Grille, which held the finals of their 4th annual Talent Search last month at the Made In Hawaii Festival. “This year [had] a lot to do with the stories of the actual people.
Concerts & Clubs / Following in the footsteps of the great Russell Simmons, Shaquille O’Neal brings his national comedy tour to the Blaisdell Concert Hall this weekend. “The Big Aristotle” has gone from post-ups in the paint to stand-ups on stage in Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam, a nationwide tour, which includes primarily East Coast dates, and treks across the Pacific to bring the funny to Honolulu, where Gary “The Funniest Serviceman in America” Owen hosts a night of skits, stories and R-rated entertainment.
For Poni Askew, CEO and Founder of StreetGrindz, and mastermind behind the wildly popular Eat The Street food truck extravaganza, “excited” is an understatement as her next project nears birth, having been in the works for more than a year and a half. Honolulu Night + Market, Askew’s next, highly anticipated, cultural event, will showcase the best of food, art, fashion and music–all within the creative sphere of a market.
Concerts & Clubs / I’m a sucker for indie artists who take a grassroots approach to stardom and success rather than 15 seconds of star power on Shark Tank. Perhaps it’s the ole’ rags-to-riches story I admire–garage band plays local party, plays local dive bar, plays three dozen college parties and finally gets a real gig which leads to another real gig which finally leads to an epic gig in Hawaii with record royalties drizzling in by the following winter.
Concerts & Clubs / In their pursuit of music salvation, alternative rockers The White Jacket intend to push your state of mind to the brink. Hard Rock Cafe Waikiki will serve as host to the slick rocker’s album release concert party Saturday night as the up and coming group hash out the tunes to celebrate their debut album 5,000 Miles From High St., a collection of 10 spanking good original songs.
Stage / Rip the plug out of the socket and prepare yourself to soak in the acoustic sound of Bar Seven, the popular Kapiolani Boulevard hotspot that transforms into a hotbed for the island’s most aspiring live musicians and bands. Open Mic: Tournament Edition is like a battle-of-the-bands with an acoustic twist.
Extras / In the early ‘80s, John Hina was a man of destructive behavior, getting caught up in gangs and drugs and the lifestyle that rough, at-risk neighborhoods can produce. Since then, he’s found redemption in art, becoming the PRIME we know today, a community worker and mentor of urban youth, an artist of over 50 street murals and the founder of 808 Urban, an organization that helps these kids express themselves and develop strong character through street art.
‘Ohana / For the last six years, Distinctive Women in Hawaii brought us stories of women who’ve helped to shape the multi-cultural fabric of Hawaii. This year’s lineup of events includes a multi-media exhibit of New York City’s “The Hawaiian Room” of the Lexington Hotel, as well as a must-see, dynamic presentation of Honolulu’s famed Glades Show Club, where female impersonators once performed a must-see Chinatown attraction during the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Concerts & Clubs / Onolicious, ‘opu-filling carbs come in many forms, and yes, the avid Hawaii hip hop fan loves rice too, as in the food. Rice, in this case, however, is the starchy metaphor for fortified beats and rhymes, stuff “The Got Rice Show” on KTUH has cooked and fed to its hungry listeners every Wednesday night.
Concerts & Clubs / The Moana Hotel, the first hotel in Honolulu, is now known as the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, and has operated since the beginning of the 20th Century. Its live music entertainment dates back to 1935 when the popular “Hawaii Calls” radio program was broadcast from the courtyard to stations across the world.
Concerts & Clubs / The creative tendencies and skill levels of Hawaii’s best DJs will be put to the testat the Dirtstyle Vinyl Challenge this Saturday at the Diverse Art Center. Returning to the skill-driven format reminiscent of DJ battles of the 90’s, the Challenge pays respect to reputable battles like the DMC and ITF while providing its own signature twist.
Extras / While“normal folks” go about their pau hanas and Dolan pizza binges along Bethel Street in the heart of the Chinatown/Downtown divide, Feast of Friends continues to lurk in the shadows. This weekend Camera Obscura and sexy-voice Lana present The Ritual, a mixed-media event taking its inspiration from horror, religion, sexuality and vampires.
Learning / The changing of the seasons is important in traditional tea ceremony, so it’s appropriate that the Honolulu Museum of Art offers Bontemae: Tea Ceremony Workshop at summer’s end. Though tea procedures vary from school to school, the year is traditionally divided into two main seasons: the sunken earth period and the brazier period.