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Spring Arts Dance

Island Hopping

Spring Arts Dance

Spring Arts Dance / Spring Arts Dance Make a resolution to enrich your life with dance, whether by appreciating other people doing it, or by getting down with your own bad self. Dance can be many things: entertaining, difficult, amazing, sexy, nerve-wracking, even spiritual.


Spring Arts Music

A Righteous Spring

Spring Arts Music

Spring Arts Music / Spring Arts Music The musical offerings this season initially presented themselves with a sense of doom–the symphony is flat-lined, her musicians scattered to the winds; presenters have a fraction of the gigs they used to field. With what will we fill our ears?


Spring Arts Visual Arts

Let’s Get Visual

Spring Arts Visual Arts

Spring Arts Visual Arts / Spring Arts Visual Arts Galleries and museum walls will exhibit concepts from visiting artists (Phoebe Cummings), as well as our own, some of whom have earned a piping hot and fresh art degree (UH’s 35th Annual Graduate Exhibition). Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams show up, as do local guys Mike Keany and Adam Funari, and humor is the nail that hangs Thurston Twigg-Smith’s collection of contemporary art (Serious Fun) that will force your tongue into your cheek.


Spring Arts Theater

Staging An Exhibition

Spring Arts Theater

Spring Arts Theater / Spring Arts Theater Plop a Picasso beside a Degas. Mount a Rothko next to a Rembrandt in the middle of a medieval triptych and see if anyone notices.


Spring Arts film

Springtime for Cinephiles

Spring Arts film

Spring Arts film / Spring Arts film Hawaii’s film scene never sleeps, thanks to our irrepressible homegrown talent, restless curators, thriving niche impresarios and ever more adventurous commercial programmers. Here’s what’s coming up.


Food Section

LOVE STORY Whatever it is about crispy, bubbly fat that makes for tantalizing edibles, bacon has it all. The pairing of bacon with any food group is satisfactory by default, but there’s something about its trendy partnership with maple syrup that takes the cake–or in Sure Shot Cafe’s case, the scone.


Tableware Section

DRY HUMOR For decades Cane Haul Road shirts and other objets d’art have helped to define a treasured style of local humor: sly, gnomic, Dada, kinda gross. Stemming from the sketchbooks artist Grant Kagimoto has kept for the past 35 years, the designs have now made it into the kitchen through a line of dishtowels.


Dishes from Fishcake

Peg O’ CUPS Marked by his signature style of scaled-down pegs protruding from the bases, Daven Hee’s ceramic cups and bowls look neither Asian-influenced like most teacups nor completely Western–like the bowls one finds along the shameful shelves of Walmart. Rather, they are unassuming and contemporary–not impractically artsy, just uncommon enough.


Joy to the Girl

Kealopiko

Joy to the Girl

Joy to the Girl / When Jonatha Giddens, a UH grad student in marine biology, attended the Hawaii Conservation Conference last summer, she also found a chance to shop. “Kealopiko, one of my favorite local companies, had a booth there,” says Giddens.


Joy to the Girl

Muu Muu Heaven

Joy to the Girl

Joy to the Girl / The mission of this delightful, homey, white-walled shop, filled with gorgeous, witty, retro-chic and nature-mindful clothing and accessories, is to give new life to repurposed materials. Owners Deb and Eric Maschia are committed to creativity that’s environmentally sound, and every eco-conscious designer in the Islands who’s worth their sea salt has found encouragement and support here.


Joy to the Girl

Sig Zane

Joy to the Girl

Joy to the Girl / Give your lady a blouse or dress made by the artist Sig Zane, and you will gain lasting local cred. “Every single item is made on the Island [of Hawaii],” says manager Ipo Kahele.


Joy to the Girl

Owens & co.

Joy to the Girl

Joy to the Girl / In the heart of Chinatown, the big, cheery windows of Owens & Co. displayed endless possibilities for dressers and nesters.


Joy to the Girl

Homecoming

Joy to the Girl

Joy to the Girl / At this small, overstuffed boutique, owner Emilie Fuji and her staff welcome you as if into their own walk-in closet, complete with chartreuse loveseat. This season features Hawaii-made duds from three local designers.


Dressed to Skill

Aloha, Partner

Dressed to Skill

Dressed to Skill / Roberta Oaks’ new menswear line is trim and durable; she personally stomped the pearl snaps into her shirts. But that doesn’t mean people will walk all over you.


Dressed to Skill

Hats of Weaves

Dressed to Skill

Dressed to Skill / Whether or not your head is cold, the fact is you look hotter in the right hat. It’s a lost art.


Dressed to Skill

Short and Sweet

Dressed to Skill

Dressed to Skill / Guys like to keep their clothes simpler, but bulky reversible wear can sometimes make it look like either you have a diaper in your pants or “My grandma made this for me.” Not anymore, with Organik’s new line of drawstring cotton shorts–a collaboration with vintage brand Jams World. “I wanted to bring back old school Jams, using exclusive fabric from the ‘80s,” says Organik founder Ed Fernandez.


Dressed to Skill

Stud Adornment

Dressed to Skill

Dressed to Skill / Oliver Mens Shop in Kailua is a sartorial dream pit with money magnets at the bottom (not that I needed another hole to throw my money down). Basically, if you get anything for your man from this shop, you’re doing something right, but pay close attention to the jewelry.


Dressed to Skill

Viva el Barrio

Dressed to Skill

Dressed to Skill / You know Barrio Vintage, the hip stop in Chinatown that you’ve already read about a million times because you read this paper like religion, but look! Hung between old overalls and jogging shorts from the mainland is a selection of some of the best in vintage Hawaiiana.


Dressed to Skill

South by South’s Best

Dressed to Skill

Dressed to Skill / The prescient thing about Andy South is not that she was on Project Runway, or that she is filming a documentary about her life (granted, both of those are above average). The thing is that through her new Atelier, which opened in September in Honolulu with a full spread of high-end womenswear, South is designing, manufacturing and packaging all of her pieces under one roof.


Culture

The Whole (Musical) Luau

Culture

Culture / From “Adios Ke Aloha” to “Yacka Hula Hickey Dula,” the first 1979 edition of Hawaiian Music and Musicians was just one part of the life-long effort of a remarkable man, George Kanahele, to define and refine Hawaiian-ness on political, cultural, spiritual and artistic levels. Its 543 well-researched and tightly written pages by 33 principal contributors (and at least another 30) laid down the tracks to a enthnomusicological masterpiece, over 200 entries deep.


Culture

How ‘Bout Gabe?

Culture

Culture / Gabe Baltazar’s story is also the story of music in Hawaii and of jazz as it morphed from Big Band to Bop and beyond. He speaks the language of jazz, describing the “cats” he gigged beside with a touch of humor and irony, and no shortage of honesty.


Culture

Strumming Histories

Culture

Culture / In this extensively researched work, authors Jim Tranquada and the late John King pay hommage to this seemingly simple little instrument. The ʻukulele, for many of us, is synonymous with memories of backyard parties, pau hana kanikapilas, and times spent learning songs from Tutu.


Culture

Under Western Eyes

Culture

Culture / Carrie Winter was only 23 years old when she decided to leave her home in Connecticut to come to the Hawaiian Islands. After recently becoming engaged to Charles Kofoid, she seized the opportunity to teach at Kawaiaha’o Female Seminary while her fiancé pursued a degree at Harvard.


Culture

Soft Sell

Culture

Culture / The American obsession with hula is a complex one. On one hand, tourists from the continental U.S.


Culture

Persian Nights

Culture

Culture / This book accompanies a traveling exhibition, “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art,” which opened in New York on September 7, 2012, at the Museum of Arts and Design. Both book and exhibition tell many stories of Shangri La, as the Black Point estate came to be known.


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