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To market, but where to?

The first local-grown-only, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation-sponsored farmers market opened in a Kapi’olani Community College parking lot at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday in June, 1993.


Where to buy local

Where to buy local — besides the obvious, the farmers markets, and by investing in Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) box programs (See list, pg. 28.)?


Come to Table

Forget farm-to-table, organic, even popup. They’re old news, established already, here to stay.


Hele mai ‘ai ka ulu!

The most plentiful and most likely to be free local food you may never have tasted, or don’t think to use is, without question, ‘ulu, breadfruit. Unless you are a South Pacific Islander, you probably “know” two things about breadfruit: It’s green.


A table on the farm

Down a hot, dry road in the Lualualei Valley, Kahumana Organic Farm and Café rests in the midday sun. There are big, shady mango trees, offices, retreat centers, and living spaces.


A Gastropub Triple Bypass

For a while there, it seemed like a new one opened up every month, but as it turns out, the brick-and-mortar gastropub trend stopped at three–Pint+Jigger, Real a Gastropub and Dash, with Miso & Ale (a pop-up pub), roaming around here somewhere. So what’s the deal?


Isle Ales

Next time you want to get together and blow some foam off a beer or two, consider the following: Four-month old Hawaiian Islands Brewing Co., in the old Brew Moon spot with Vice Nightclub and Inferno Pizza, is the lovechild of microbrewers Frank Wenzl and Greg Yount (former Head Brewer at Brew Moon) and features house-made beers on tap in flavors like Diamond Head Gold and Lei ‘O Mano IPA. They’re always experimenting, too, so check back for a rotating selection of new brews.


Mixology Menus

As the season turns to shorter days and longer nights, cocktails are trending in the areas of higher proof and bigger spice. At Town, in Kaimuki, barkeep Kyle Reutner says, “We are switching into a Fall-focused menu.


Atmosphere

Beachside Tourist behavior kills me. There’s something perpetually entertaining about the fanny packs, speedos, exhaustion and stress of these people, trying to keep up with the bubble of Waikiki culture that I could watch all day long.


WINE, OH!

The long good pour: Brasserie Du Vin Although wine snobs may insist on outsize ballons, I like a smaller glass filled almost to the brim. It’s the traditional way a host makes you feel welcome, and lets you know you’re in a generous place.


Live Music

Music has the power to liven up bars without transforming them into nightclubs, which is perfect for those of us who want to throw back a few without getting crazy on the dance floor. At Surfer, the Bar, Turtle Bay’s casual bar and supremely intimate concert venue, overlooking the waves at the eponymous reef break, weekly karaoke nights (Sundays), Hawaiian Music Mondays, Kanikapila (Tuesdays) and special events keep the themes traditional and the music fresh.


Pub Grub

Take a bite of this. Strong flavors comfortably arrange themselves on your palate, and you’re happy, because these fried and greasy dishes make your bar experience that much better.


Music: Da Skinny on ND

Why don’t more indie bands come here? Feeling welcome might help.


Music: Classic rock, blues, punk, pop

Despite a few recent setbacks, BAMP is pushing ahead into the fall with some stellar acts coming to the biggest and best venues on the island: the Republik, Blaisdell and Kakaako Waterfront Park. On top of these great shows, watch out for international Filipino pop stars, one of the world’s greatest guitarists and several local favs.


DJs: Spin Zoned

Summer 2012 was one for the memory books–possibly one of the best in years. And top-flight DJs seemed to be a weekly reoccurring theme highlighted by Cut Chemist, Z-Trip, Shadow, The Crystal Method, Christopher Lawrence, Exile, MSTRKRFT and suave beat creator Onra.


Jazz & Classical: Beyond Life Support Jazz Classical

Our challenge as an audience of classical music and jazz is to fight for our right to music. Our weapon is showing up for a few great shows and listening to some marvelous performances.


Opera: It’s a HOT change

After more than 50 years in business, Hawaii Opera Theatre is entering a new season in more ways than one. Gone are the days of cram-packed shows during January and February–come October, the theatre will unveil a new Grand Opera schedule featuring one production each in October, February and April.


Theater: Fall into Drama

Though summer and winter–or dry and wet–are generally considered Hawaii’s only two seasons, there’s at least one good reason to remember that in some spheres there’s another noteworthy season in the mix: Fall, bringing the opening of a whole new schedule of theatre for the island. ‘Wicked’ The untold stories of the witches of Oz steal the Blaisdell Concert Hall stage.


Dance: Lunging Forward

Dance companies in Hawaii aren’t just schools that teach every genre and style. They’re production spearheads, bringing everything from world-famous acts such as Cirque du Soleil and the Shaolin Warriors, to local traditions such as Ballet Hawaii’s annual production of The Nutcracker, to the Honolulu stage.


Film: Floating Pictures

Fall is home to our biggest annual festival and the coming months offer a steady diet of independent cinematic delicacies. Hawaii International Film Festival Now in its 32nd year–its second with partner Halekulani–HIFF plans a tight, focused 2012 festival: 140 films, down from 200 last year, according to Executive Director Chuck Boller.


Literary: Dat Sputtered, Sprinklah Tongue

100 things from 100 stories in celebration of 100 issues of Bamboo Ridge Press. 1.


Visual Arts: A Future Retrospective

Lucky for us, inspiration from which our working artists can draw is in no short supply. It’s all around us, and gallery spaces across Oahu are showcasing work that challenges our systems and beliefs, teaching us that there is more than one way of seeing the world.


Caldwell and the Superferry

The Superferry foreshadowed the Honolulu Rail in that, to the detriment of both projects, government agencies attempted to shortcut environmental standards while rushing the work to completion. In 2007, mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell played a pivotal role in an exemption strategy that originated with Gov.


Cayetano’s record as Governor

Cayetano governed during a period of serious economic problems and made relative few statements about the environment. In a State of the State address, he said, simply, “Every day, I am thankful I live in the most beautiful place on earth.” He called for “keeping wild places wild.” Two of his top-level appointments were crucial to his environmental programs.


Restoring the Flow

The Hawaii Supreme Court’s recent decision in a longstanding water dispute goes beyond the issue of how to fairly allocate the flow from four Maui streams. It also underscores a yawning, ongoing disconnect between state law and decisions made by the state Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM).


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