King Kamehameha Day: Lei Draping Ceremony

It seems to me that barely a week goes back without a festival or celebration of some kind going on on Oʻahu. I do try my best, but still only make it to… Continue reading

Light and Dark in the Øresund

This piece I had published at Matador got me thinking again about Sweden. My last visit there was last summer, and it was the first time I had seen my friend–a Tokyo mizu-shobai… Continue reading

Food Talk: Ala Moana Center

I’ve never been much of a mall enthusiast, and would hesitate to recommend that Honolulu tourists spend precious vacation time in a shopping center, but there’s something about Ala Moana Center. It’s at… Continue reading

Puʻu o Mahuka Heiau

School’s out. The bus to the North Shore started to choke just before the Dole Plantation as groups of kids in board shorts crowded on. I made a smart-ass comment to myself that… Continue reading

J-Select

…The book is also set for release in Australia. “They changed the name there from An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan to A Western Reporter on the Police Beat in… Continue reading

Walking into Ladonia

I was quite willing to go along with my friend’s idea to visit some sculptures buried in the depths of a forest in southern Sweden, but as I stubbed my toe against the… Continue reading

Burly days

As a long time citizen of the underworld, I like my entertainment to run from the bawdy to the downright obscene. Honolulu, mixed-up trickster that she is, is happy to indulge with a… Continue reading

Soho Nights

I have to confess to being absent for too long when I find out, a year late, that an old friend has written and published a book about the place where we met.… Continue reading

16th Annual Honolulu Festival

At the Hawaii Convention Center from March 12th-14th Charle Morimoto Families – Japanese Drumming Taiko Kozo – From Tokyo Anela Hula Studio, from Japan (there are more Hula studios in Japan than in… Continue reading

Hawaii Music Monday: Bari Bari 13

On my last visit to Tokyo it seemed like the rockabilly-guys-in Yoyogi-Park phenomenon was fading. Well, there was just this guy one time: …So I was delighted to find out that Japanese Rock… Continue reading