Andrew Bird / The slow cadence of musician Andrew Bird’s commanding voice is enough to capture anyone’s attention from across the sea. In a phone interview with the Weekly from Hong Kong, where Bird is on his first musical tour of Asia, the respected multi-instrumentalist and whistler discussed the changing political and arts climate in Asia, and his own future musical endeavors, ahead of his first appearance in Hawaii.
John Butler is The Harold and Sandy NoborikawaDistinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. We talked to him about the small business climate in Hawaii, how challenging it is and whether anything is changing. We hear so often that this is one of the worst places in the nation to do business.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For as long as we can remember, Chinatown has been notorious for drugs, homelessness and filthy streets. Some claim nothing has changed–and that it never will.
Bicyclists have long been overlooked by four-wheel riders on Honolulu’s congested streets. In the gleaming, armored pecking order of the road, cyclists are too often dismissed as lane hogs, hand-signaling nuisances and unfortunates who can’t afford cars.
The fate of some 1,525 acres of land at Hoopili in ‘Ewa may have been decided last Wednesday in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. The decision might have gone differently, but the appellant attorneys’ strategy seemed to collapse as Judge Rhonda Nishimura picked it apart based on technical errors.
Last Thursday, May 9, the Caldwell administration revealed its action plan for solving Honolulu’s homeless problem. But at the City Council’s budget meeting the same day, Budget chair Ann Kobayashi wanted to know where the money for “Housing First” (see Cover Story, pg.
The Mayor Wright Housing project has been slated for major redevelopment by the Hawaii State Housing Authority (HSHA); requests for qualifications will be going out to developers in three to six months. Nonprofit group Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) wants to make sure the project’s tenants have a say in the redevelopment process, which could include major renovations or a total rebuild.
The Honolulu City Council held a special Committee on Transportation meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to go over its Complete Streets initiative with input from the department directors of Design and Construction (DDC), Planning and Permitting (DPP) and Transportation Services (DTS). At prior meetings, including the Moiliili workshop, community members pressed the idea of combining Complete Streets with Caldwell’s repaving projects, which Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and some councilmembers have said makes sense.
Not much to agree with my friend Doc Berry (“Limits of Growth,” April 17). None of the scenarios he posits will ever materialize.
In your Diary of May 8 (“End of the 27th)” you reported on SB 1214, passed by the Legislature. In their nimble way, the Legislature tacked the wheel boot prohibition on a bill that was intended to abolish the Commission on Transportation.
On Friday, May 3, at 3:45 p.m., I was driving town bound through the Wilson tunnel on the Likelike. I was parallel to another car, and there were several other cars following closely behind me.
Congratulations Honolulu Weekly on the recent Pai award for investigative reporting (“Boss GMO,” Jan. 4, 2012).
When the biofuel guys say that costs are “confidential” (“Big-foot Biofuel,” May 8), I reply that since I am the one who is going to end up paying the cost, I have a right to know. Frankly, when everybody tries to hide the costs, I smell rat …
The Foster Botanical Garden never ceases to inspire for an urban setting it is like a step back in time (“See the Flora,” May 8). If Koko Crater Botanical Garden contains the world’s largest plumeria collection as suggested, it may be thanks in part to the Prussian born Dr.