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I am pleased to announced that Dr. Allison E. Francis will join Hawaii Reporter as Arts and Culture Editor. Her beat will include writing cinematic and theatrical reviews as well as covering the musical and fine arts scene. Currently, an Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the English Department at Chaminade University...
I hate cigarette smoke. I just do. It weaves through the tight curls in my hair, adheres to my skin like chalk dust,  and condemns my nose and throat to frenetic fits of sneezing and coughing. But for the pleasure of experiencing the vocal gymnastics of singer/songwriter/actor/producer/Grammy and Tony award-winner...
Hawaii-based filmmaker Cindy Iodice (Writer/Director) is the recipient of the prestigious Accolade Award of Recognition for her short film. The Bridge is a narrative fictional story about Pono, a tenacious seven-year old Hawaiian boy who lives with his family in a five-story tree house, deep in the rainforest of...
By Rob Kay American Epic, the upcoming PBS documentary on roots music which premiered on HIFF’s opening night, couldn’t have had a better advance man than blues legend Taj Mahal. The much beloved, former Hawaii resident and his New Hula Blues band, were the perfect opening act to tee off...
by Rob Kay Kimberlee Ke‘ala Bassford is an independent, Honolulu-based documentary filmmaker with a passion for social issues, cultural and women’s stories. Born and raised in Honolulu, she graduated from Punahou and holds a BA in psychology from Harvard and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley. Ms....
I will be the first to admit I know very little about the world of transgender women. (Or, for that matter, transgender men).  However, my understanding of the subject expanded exponentially after seeing Janice Villarosa’s documentary “Shunned, what it takes to be a woman” at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Shot...