Moments before I’m scheduled to speak with folk luminary Will Oldham via phone, my new recorder breaks. In lieu of finding a quite, peaceful nook in Chinatown to record the conversation aloud, I find myself hunkered down in a barren sushi restaurant bathroom, listening to Oldham’s weathered warble bouncing off of the paint-chipped walls.
The Weekly interviewed District 1 city councilman Tom Berg back in July [see “Rail Done Right,” July 6], well before the police were called to a Waipahu Neighborhood Board meeting when he refused to stand down, and an allegedly drunken argument took place with APEC security details. At the time, it was hard not to agree with a lot of what he had to say about the rail project’s misgivings.
The Descendants is a stunning movie, full of surprises, its visual sweep and rhythm tied to Hawaiian music, its pacing as changeable as the weather and tragicomic adventures of our days. She knew it would be true to Hawaii, author Kaui Hart Hemmings told the Weekly, when they were filming on Kauai and it rained.
Shailene Woodley Speaking by phone from Texas on a day set aside for media interviews, Shailene Woodley, 20, who plays Alexandra, Matt King’s 17-year-old daughter, sounds as fresh and spontaneous as if this is her first call of the day (it’s not). “Aloha,” she says.
Star-Advertiser columnist Lee Cataluna just released her first novel Three Years on Doreen’s Sofa. She took some time out from studying for her MFA in Creative Writing at UC-Riverside Palm Desert Campus to talk with the Weekly about the book, her writing process and her impending cult status in prisons.
The Queen and I: A story of dispossessions and reconnections in Hawai’i by Sydney Lehua Iaukea University of California Press, 2011 $24.95 Cross-cutting between territorial and contemporary Hawaii, Sydney Lehua Iaukea’s brilliant memoir/ historical expose provides a gripping and revelatory read, endowed with all the trappings of romance, melodrama and ghost story. There’s a mysterious old family portrait, two young heiresses robbed of their birthright growing up in poverty, and Iaukea’s discovery of uncovered chapters in Hawaiian history, in the long-forgotten papers of her great-great-grandfather, Curtis P.
It’s Sunday morning, and a fresh-faced Dee Jay Mailer is unloading the car with her husband Donny, carrying in bags of Hawaii-produced groceries for their Eat Local week. Mailer joined Kanu Hawaii’s Eat Local Challenge as an individual, but she says she’s also found a serendipitous connection with her role as CEO of Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate (KSBE), which owns about half the farmland in the state and is implementing a strategic agricultural plan to increase Hawaii’s food independence.
Julio Cesar Miranda / July 5: Rest and relaxation may have been on many people’s post Fourth of July agenda, but Waipahu’s own Brian Viloria was up at 4:30 in the morning ready to partake in a 7-mile jog. Following a workout and spar session, in preparation for his title fight against WBO Flyweight Champion, Julio Cesar Miranda, the “Hawaiian Punch” spoke with the Weekly from Los Angeles about why he doesn’t talk trash before a fight, what it’s like to play the underdog role and what it will take for the two-time world champion to get title number three.