Saturday, January 22, 2022
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....
Iʻm a photographer who canʻt stop taking pictures of the intense moments of light that I see every day. Usually, that involves flowers. I have a knack for seeing the incredible beauty  shining forth when struck by a bundle of photons at just the right angle. Since I sold my professional...
When I first read the description of Mad World, the debut feature of Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Chun on the Honolulu Film Festival website it seemed well...pretty damned depressing. This initially tempered my enthusiasm to view the film, but my better sense prevailed. I was curious to see what this young director had to express about...
Vicky Heldreich Durand has had a life-long love affair with surfing. She recently launched a memoir, Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer, which chronicles the life of her mother, Betty Pembroke Heldreich Winstedt, a legendary surfer in the days when woman surfers were...
This fall, the two Bs—burlesque and belly dance—shake up the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre fall programming. In September, Violetta Beretta and the Cherry Blossom Cabaret return for the fifth annual Hawaii Burlesque Festival & Revue. This year the festival stretches over three nights, each with a different theme, and features...
Growing up, I heard the term "redbone," when my uncles and aunts referred to one of my cousin's skin color--a soft chocolate with hints of "Injun" blood, as my Auntie Joyce would say.  Since that cousin had Native American ancestry, this blood would invariably show up as a red...
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...
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...
As a founding member of the hui, Facing the Future (FtF) in 2004, I collaborated with a team of community engagement professionals to plan, produce and bring sustainability speakers to Honolulu. We were the only folks producing events on sustainable learning at the time. Skepticism over climate change was high,...