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.
Children's / Recipes from Sam Choy, Ed Kenney, Fred DeAngelo, Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong and many more world-renowned chefs from Hawaii empower families to cook homemade meals with ease in Gwendolyn Trowbridge’s Hawaii’s Baby & Toddler Cookbook: Recipes with Aloha for your Growing ‘Ohana. For all age groups, not just those the title implies, this cookbook is organized well, from First Foods to Family Feasts.
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.
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.