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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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).