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.
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.
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.
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 / 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.
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 / 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 / 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 / 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.