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

Hawaii Music Monday: GRLFRNDS

“It’s a long and complicated story about how the punks took over the dance floor and the dance floor took over the punks.” So says the blurb on GRLFRNDS’ Myspace page, which also… Continue reading

This Week in Honolulu

News: The Star-Bulletin’s owner bought the Advertiser David Black will try to find a buyer for the Star-Bulletin, or otherwise shut the paper down. This doesn’t look good; Honolulu is looking like becoming… Continue reading