When one thinks of Paris, the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay comes to mind. In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art. In Honolulu, one thinks of…beaches? Hawaii may be an unexpected locale for a world-class art museum, but here’s where “the best small museum in the country” is located, according to former Director of the National Gallery J. Carter Brown. “The Honolulu Museum of Art’spermanent collection of artworks is truly a gem, on par with some of the most prestigious museums in the world,” says Museum Director Halona Norton-Westbrook. “That’s ... Read More
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Sunshine Arts, with locations in the Kahalu’u section of Kaneohe and on the ground floor of the Waikiki Marriott, didn’t start out as a gallery representing the largest collection of Hawaii based artists in the world. No, it did not. Instead, according to Owner Jim Franklin, it started with a mat cutting machine, $20 and a borrowed credit card. “I was playing guitar five days a week at Aloha Tower in the mid-90’s,” recalls Franklin. “One day I ran out of money, and my couch surfing friend Holly Kitaura, now ... Read More
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve written about activities you can do while you’re stuck at home #socialdistancing, from the educational to the entertaining, and other unique virtual experiences. Now, we’ve got even more for you to check out while staying in, including aquarium visits, walking tours and music playlists! Though they're temporarily closed to the public, the Waikīkī Aquarium still has experiences to share online Waikīkī Aquarium, long known as a pillar of education, conservation and just inspiring awe and wonder, still continues its mission despite not being physically open ... Read More
Social distancing doesn’t mean Friday nights at the movies are a total bust. If you need a break from Netflix’s offerings (or your family), here are some cinematic options for you! From local productions to local movie houses, we've got you covered: The award-winning 'Mauka to Makai' and other short films are available for stream via HIFF The Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) had to cancel their Spring Showcase this year, but that doesn’t mean that we’re totally without film fest-worthy fare to enjoy. At the beginning of the ... Read More
Rainy day? Not a problem here! We get them from time to time, especially during the ‘winter.’ But don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with a few great ideas for a day well spent indoors. Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center If your idea of art is jewelry, why not spend part of a rainy day watching how it’s made? Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center offers a factory tour on Liona Street that’s an education in fine jewelry making. Each guest views a seven-minute video and then a guide walks ... Read More
It’s important to keep the mind stimulated. That’s especially true now that most everyone is being encouraged to stay in. Sure, it’s also the perfect time to binge a season or five of that Netflix show you’ve been meaning to get to, but when you grow weary of just vegging out and want to expand your horizons with some local history, literature or marine science, we’ve got the list for you. Knowledge-seekers and students of all ages will appreciate something here. You can experience World War II via Pearl Harbor ... Read More
These are certainly strange times we’re living in. For some, being forced to stay in may feel like heaven, for others a prison. For those who are still working from home, it may just be business-as-usual, though in more comfortable attire. (I, for one, find that I can think better when working barefoot.) But let us consider those that are simply without work, their jobs or businesses shuttered. Other businesses are still managing to hang on, keeping their operations running one way or another, navigating troubled waters while still being ... Read More
Hawai‘i Island’s top visitor attraction is Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, but along the way you’ll find delicious treats and isle experiences that are simply too good to ignore. Punalu‘u Bake Shop is a must stop! Breathe deep and the delicious scent of freshly baked goodies will lead you to Punalu‘u Bake Shop. As America’s “Southernmost Bake Shop” located in rural Ka‘ū, this oasis is a popular landmark for visitors and residents on the way to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. “It’s a nice rest stop where people can see our sweetbread ... Read More
So you get to Hawai‘i and everything’s closed. That sucks. We hear ya. To protect the further spread of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus), the state governor and county mayors have issued orders which have effectively shut down various activities and facilities, including popular events and tourist destinations. While that can put a damper on your vacation that you’d planned for months, there are ways to still enjoy the wonders of Hawai‘i’s sites and attractions. All you need is a computer or mobile device. A Mediterranean-styled courtyard at the Honolulu Museum of ... Read More
By Fern Gavelek Neighborhoods like Chinatown and Waikīkī tend to get all the attention, but if youʻre into history and cool architecture, Honoluluʻs Captiol District is certainly worth checking out. Located in Downtown Honolulu, the Capitol District boasts architectural treasures with fascinating histories. Metered parking is available at the Frank Fasi Municipal Building lot on the left-hand corner of King and Alapa‘i Streets. TheBus offers several routes to the area. Hawai‘i State Capitol415 S. Beretania St., between Richards and Punchbowl Sts. Marking its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Hawai‘i State ... Read More
By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor The Chinese Courtyard, one of the beautiful open-air spaces at HoMA We’ve all got that super secret place that we like to think no one knows about except you—it could be that hole in the wall with super-cheap drinks, a municipal lot with tons of parking, or that plate lunch place with free, unlimited wi-fi. The people who do know understand the power of the knowledge they hold and will guard their secret closely. Put another way, if you know, you know, and if you ... Read More
By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor 'Watcher of Waipuna' at Kumu Kahua Theatre [Photo by Chris Kwock] While Hawai‘i is often heralded for its food scene, and some attention is given to its local music scene, you hear very little about its theatre scene. Which is a shame, because Hawai‘i’s theatre scene is vibrant and unique, and worthy of our attention. Once upon a time, Hawai‘i theatre felt limited to stagings of popular Broadway musicals, like “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.” There's nothing wrong with those, but why support a ... Read More
By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Photo: La Mariana Sailing Club Tiki. Love it or hate it, the imagery of this unique style permeates our thoughts of old Hawai‘i and what some people think the islands were, are, and/or supposed to be. The mere mention of the word ‘tiki’ evokes images of tacky aloha shirts, grass skirts and plastic lei while strumming on a cheap, toy ‘ukulele. Throw in a carved wooden representation of an indeterminate deity and a colorful rum cocktail with an umbrella or another prop sticking out of it and, ... Read More
By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor Once upon a time, “geek” meant the opposite of cool. If you read comic books or played Dungeons & Dragons, if you enjoyed math or science or had a hobby outside “the norm,” you were often the target of ridicule and shunned by the popular crowd. Today? Media inspired by comics and games is big business, geeks like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have inherited the world, and everyone from Hollywood to your grandma is in on the action. Geeky passions run deep and they ... Read More
By Richard Melendez, Digital Editor “Going out” means different things to different people. Varying factors include age, location, and whether or not there are children in the picture, among other things. In Hawai‘i, going out can mean club hopping in Waikīkī or just cruising with “the guys” in someone’s carport with some poke and a cooler full of beer. Going out can mean dinner with your significant other, night fishing with family, sushi for one at your favorite hole in the wall, Friday night fireworks off of Magic Island, or ... Read More
By Kent Coules, Publisher O‘ahu, known as “The Gathering Place” is home to the State Capitol, Honolulu. It is where the royal family settled following the consolidation of Hawai‘i into one kingdom in 1810. There is something to be said for that. They could have settled anywhere; they chose Honolulu O‘ahu is the second oldest and third largest island in the chain and is home to the majority of the state’s population When considering which island is the best fit for your next vacation, here are ten reasons why O‘ahu ... Read More
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