Drew Astolfi is the state director of Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) Hawaii–a grassroots, faith-based organization founded in 1996 to work on social issues in our community. Its statewide membership reflects Hawaii’s cultural and socio-economic diversity.
Michael Dimock / Recently, Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change (ROC) in California, met with some of Hawaii’s administrators and organizations involved in agriculture and food, such as Russell Kokubun, chairman of the Board of Agriculture. ROC works to develop a network of leaders and organizations interested in establishing a sustainable food system in California by 2030, connecting food producers with funders, businesses, environmentalists, nonprofits and institutions.
Michael Voltaggio / Last week, Season 6 Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio came to Hawaii…not to cook, but to check out the Waikiki Edition and to vacation, which for a chef means a lot of eating. The Weekly caught up with him at an event at the Edition to ask for his thoughts on his first Hawaii visit, his new obsession with Leonard’s and life after Top Chef.
Kariel / No, this is not a cartoon character about to burst into song with a crab from Trinidad and a pre-pubescent tropical fish. This is Kariel, a blond Oregonian transplant who’s got a Model Mayhem profile and teaches aquarobics classes at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina–all in her mermaid tail.
Daniel Ellsberg / In 1971, Pentagon consultant Daniel Ellsberg leaked 7,000 pages of documents on the Vietnam War to the New York Times. The documents revealed that at least two successive presidents–Kennedy and Johnson–had obscured the reality of the conflict in Vietnam and led to further erosion of the public’s support for the war and, more critically, to further erosion of the public’s confidence in government.
7th Annual GiRL FeST Hawaii / Kathy Xian’s 7th Annual GiRL FeST Hawaii begins this week and the lineup for the multimedia art festival and conference to prevent violence against women and girls through education and art is awe-inspiring. There will be the island premiere of the film Salt of This Sea, a drama about a Palestinian woman in Brooklyn who travels to her home country.
Frances Moore Lappé / Forty years ago, before the ideas of eating with a smaller carbon footprint and eschewing factory-farmed beef were en vogue, Frances Moore Lappé wrote Diet for a Small Planet, a book that exposed the excessive waste in the grain-fed meat industry and championed instead a plant-based diet. This book and her work since then garnered recognition around the world; Gourmet Magazine named Lappé among 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair and Julia Child), whose work has changed the way America eats.
Tantra of the Tachikawa Ryu: Secret Sex Teachings of the Buddha / John Stevens’ Tantra of the Tachikawa Ryu: Secret Sex Teachings of the Buddha is a graphically sexual, arousing and entertaining tale of a young monk who learns the ways of tantra from the alluring Zen practitioner Lady Hotoke. The experience of writing the book gave Stevens, who lived in Japan for 35 years but now calls Oahu home, the energy and drive to conquer a life-threatening bout with diabetes.
Adam Lambert / After losing to Kris Allen on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to record his smash debut album For Your Entertainment, spawning the hit single “Whataya Want From Me.” Before he arrives for his Blaisdell appearances, Lambert took time to speak to the Weekly about his sexual identity, his beach attire and that kissy performance on the American Music Awards. Happy 10/10/10.
Craig Watanabe / Like many of the old-time coin dealers, Craig Watanabe, owner of Captain Cook Coin Co., believes that treasure hunting is the nature of a true collector’s being. He’s a wholesaler most of the time, but on rare occasions, Watanabe retails his coins at trade shows, collectible shows and conventions.
Rakaa Iriscience / Before the launch party for his first solo project, Crown of Thorns, at Don Ho’s, Rakaa Iriscience plans to relax, reconnect and pay respects to a dear friend. The Weekly caught up with the Dilated Peoples emcee, who grew up in Waimanalo and now lives in Los Angeles, to talk about creativity, living aloha in LA and his connection to Hawaii’s hip-hop scene.
Sebastian Junger on Restrepo / He’s still best-known for his gripping book The Perfect Storm, later made into a hit film starring Mark Wahlberg, but Sebastian Junger is one of the great combat journalists of his or any generation. He’s been reporting from Afghanistan longer than US troops have been fighting there, and has been on the receiving end of Taliban fire more times than he can count.