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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.

In March 2009, Van Jones was appointed by President Barack Obama to the newly created position of Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Since stepping down in 2009 amidst some controversy, Jones has reemerged as a champion of the middle class.

Now you can have Jack Johnson your way, at home or in concert, thanks to a new album and an acoustic interisland tour. The album, Jack Johnson and Friends–Best of Kokua Festival, drops April 17.

For decades Bill Maher has pushed the boundaries of political satire with TV shows like “Politically Incorrect” and his current “Real Time” on HBO. Maher is also a bestselling author, his newest book, The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.

DJ Paul Oakenfold deserves his own star sign. Right there in between something fierce like Leo and Scorpio–his sonic gravity is just that powerful.

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.



Q&A / Last week, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg visited her brand new haute spot in Hawaii–the first DVF store in the Islands. She spoke to the Weekly about her signature wrap dresses, Hillary Clinton, the secret to confidence and why she doesn’t find it in plastic surgery.

Email interviews are usually impersonal, dry, lacking in zzha zzha zzhoo. So when I had the “opportunity” to exchange e-mails with one of my all time favorite songwriters, I was a little bummed and a bit skeptical that some publicist was going to insert agenda-inspired comments as a boring reply.

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Q & A / As co-sponsor of Act 55, which established the Public Land Development Corp. (PLDC), state Sen.

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.

Celia Kenney At Town, her father Ed’s restaurant, we caught up with 13-year-old Celia Kenney, a Punahou 8th grader who plays Reina, the “bad example” pal of Scottie in the film. Do you think the film toned down Reina’s character a bit?

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.

An international conference takes place Wednesday, Nov. 9, and is designed to bring attention to Pacific Island peoples’ struggle against APEC and globalization.

It’s easy to recognize Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants, of which the movie version opens this month, in Morning Brew, a Kailua coffee house. Standing a bit apart, wearing a faded jean jacket, she is slight of stature, but has the outsize presence of the extra pretty and smart.

Your book alternates between sessions in dusty library archives and the surf. Did you get in the water today?

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.

Will Wiesenfeld, aka Baths, was classically trained in piano from age four. When he got bored with piano, he did what any twelve-year-old (or pirate) would do: abandon ship.

How did you decide what would be on the dessert menu? How did we decide?

Most people don’t consider P.F. Chang’s high-pedigree.

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.



Book / I am listening to Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. You know the main theme: flutes, drums, chants and war cries, and then the mariachi-surf guitar comes in.

Julio Cesar Miranda

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.

R. Zamora Linmark

R. Zamora Linmark / Rolling the R’s author R. Zamora Linmark returns to Honolulu to promote his second novel Leche, a compelling and often funny tale of a young, gay Filipino.

Shawn Steiman’s mother apparently wasn’t worried about her son rocketing off the walls from heavy caffeine dosage. Her lax regulation of his coffee intake–starting before fifth grade–led to his life as the coffee world’s equivalent of a sommelier.

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