Q and A

Soul man

Al Green

Al Green / Smooth, crooning, charismatic Al Green is a musical legend who needs no introduction. The Weekly caught up with him via phone ahead of his Jan.


Palace intrigue

Experts at the Palace

Experts at the Palace / This week marks the launch of the Experts at the Palace lecture series at ‘Iolani Palace. Presented by the University of Hawaii’s Historic Preservation Program, this year’s series focuses on the Hawaiian monarchy and the kingdom.


Things that make you go M

M. Ward
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M. Ward / M. Ward is the kind of musician that seems to have it all figured out.


Hopenhagen?

Maxine Burkett
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Maxine Burkett / Maxine Burkett, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law, is currently attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Burkett also serves as the inaugural director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP).


Hawaii news auwe

Angela Campbell
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Angela Campbell / In October, local advocacy group Media Council Hawaii filed a lawsuit aimed at halting the consolidation of local television stations KHNL, KFVE (K5) and KGMB, on the grounds that it violated federal antitrust law. The Media Council asked the Federal Communications Commission to issue an emergency order to prevent the grouping, which went forward as planned on Oct.


When the giving gets tough

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Hawaii People’s Fund / Last week, the Weekly spoke with Nancy Aleck, executive director of Hawaii People’s Fund, an umbrella social service organization that helps to fund non-profit groups actively working for social justice. We asked Aleck how non-profits, particularly the grassroots groups HPF is known for assisting, are faring in this recession, and for her thoughts on what kinds of support these groups really need.


On the home front

Senator Daniel Akaka
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Senator Daniel Akaka / As U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka approaches the 20-year milestone of his time in the Senate–some of those years highly productive, others less so–the 85-year-old chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs says he’s still looking forward.


X-Woman

Kathryn “Kathy X” Xian, Girl Fest Hawaii
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Kathryn “Kathy X” Xian, Girl Fest Hawaii / When Kathryn “Kathy X” Xian isn’t busy as a filmmaker or performing duties as Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s director of communications and development, she is the “non-executive director” of Girl Fest Hawaii–an annual event advocating violence prevention for women and girls through the arts. Despite the organization’s strictly all-volunteer basis and refusal to accept government funding, this year’s conference has managed to garner more support than ever.


Deserving Lebanon

Walid Raad

Walid Raad / Artist Walid Raad was born in Lebanon in 1967 and lived through the early years of its civil war (1975–1990) before being sent to the U. S.


Seaweed rebellion

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David Helvarg is an award-winning journalist who once covered wars in Central America and Ireland, and now focuses on writing about the oceans. The San Francisco-based activist has written several books about the need to defend our marine environment.


Catch as Katch can

Katch One
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Katch One / With the streets of Hawaii as his canvas, underground artist Katch One was once a snot-nosed tagger who roamed all sides of the island to satisfy his art fix. Not anymore.


Thirst for film

Park Chan-wook
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Park Chan-wook / Park Chan-wook was studying philosophy and working as a journalist and film critic when he switched gears and began to make films of his own, releasing Moon Is the Sun’s Dream in 1992. Now one of South Korea’s most successful directors, winning the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, his newest film Thirst (see review online at [honoluluweekly.com]) begins its Honolulu theatrical run on Friday.


Familiar face

Matt Costa
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Matt Costa / If you haven’t heard of singer-songwriter Matt Costa yet, you’re about to. Well, technically, you just did.


New heights

Michael Arcega
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Michael Arcega / The venerable monkeypod trees on the grounds of The Contemporary Museum have sprouted new growth–a series of 101 small tent-like structures attached to branches and tethered to the ground with colorful ropes. This is the work of Bay Area artist Michael Arcega, who has spent the last two weeks completing a site-specific installation entitled Overlook.


Books

Central character

Chris McKinney

Chris McKinney / This is starting to feel like Chris McKinney’s time. While his early novel The Tattoo launched him into the consciousness of local educators and literary types, his latest offering, Mililani Mauka, explores new emotional and physical terrain, and promises to grow the Honolulu Community College professor’s audience.


Critical transformations

With Hawaii hosting the 2009 Association of Asian American Studies conference comes the opportunity to reassess how scholars in Hawaii approach the subject. UH-Manoa Associate Professor of English Candace Fujikane recently released the book Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaii with co-editor Jonathan Okamura.


Government

Telling secrets

Ben Wizner

Ben Wizner / In the seemingly never-ending debate over what constitutes torture, what obligation the U.S. government has to protect human rights and where a line can be drawn when it comes to individual freedoms, maybe no point has been more maddening to civil liberties advocates than the state secrets exemption.


Music

Just Cruz

John Cruz

John Cruz / John Cruz, one of Hawaii’s most cherished musical talents, has been building his mainland fan base for years now. The “Island Style” singer-songwriter is off on tour again this week, with a few dates in California followed by a trip to SXSW (South by Southwest), one of the country’s biggest venues for up-and-coming acts.


Cunning linguist

On March 12, linguists from across the globe will descend on Hawaii to discuss the loss of language around the world, and how to prevent it. Professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Nick Thieberger is one of the conference’s organizers and took time to chat with the Weekly about what languages we’re losing and what it will take to preserve entire cultures, one word at a time.


You are what you eat

Pamela Ronald / Though genetically-engineered crops, often referred to as GE crops, have been produced since the 1980s, they have made their way into virtually all processed food. But it seems only recently that the controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms has been heating up again.


Surfrider Foundation expands in Hawaii

Stuart Coleman

Stuart Coleman / Stuart Coleman, the writer and educator best-known for his 2004 bestseller Eddie Would Go, was recently named the first Hawaiian Islands Field Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, the California-based environmental organization dedicated to ocean conservation. He spoke with the Weekly this week about past successes and plans for the future.


Web Exclusive

Franken-fighter

Jeffrey M. Smith

Jeffrey M. Smith / In the past 20 years, Hawaii has hosted more than 4,500 open-field tests for experimental genetically engineered plants—more than any place in the world. Currently, 169 such tests are under way on corn, sorghum, soybeans, canola and rice.


Dirty dining

Peter Oshiro

Peter Oshiro / You know the horror stories: Cockroach infestations, waiters who spit in the soup, sneezed-on salad bars and food poisoning from even the finest restaurants. During a time when salmonella taints everything from spinach to peanut butter and mad cow disease is just a cheeseburger away, how safe is it to eat out?


Politics

A movie in the making

Neil Abercrombie

Neil Abercrombie / Standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with his Congressional colleagues last Tuesday, Rep.


Mr. Apo Goes to Washington

Todd Apo

Todd Apo / City Council Chair Todd Apo decided to brave the winter chill in Washington, D.C., on his own dime so that he and his wife could catch a glimpse of one of the most anticipated presidential inaugurations in American history. Today, he’s getting down to business.


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