Thursday, January 27, 2022
“Shaka, the Power of Aloha” is a documentary film project that explores the origin and meanings of Hawaii’s Shaka gesture. The film is produced by Bizgenics, a Hawai’i-based 501(C)(3) nonprofit that specializes in creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship programs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMq3f9H2UE
Author's Note: I met Julie Christensen while doing research on a family history project. (We didn’t know each other before that). Julie’s mom went to high school with my late father’s best friend, Hank Carbonell.  My father, an introvert, didn’t...
This is the second part of a two-part inteview I did with Julie Christensen. As alluded to in the first part of this conversation, I met Julie Christensen while working on a family history project. Julie’s mom went to high school with my late...
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko is someone who never shrinks from a challenge.  A former writer and producer for Hawaii Educational Television, she is best known as founder of the Hawaii International Film Festival and was the festival's director from 1981 to 1996. Currently she’s president of...
Vilsoni Hereniko, known to his friends as Vili, has come a long way from his native Rotuma, a Polynesian outlier in the far reaches of the Fiji archipelago. Inspired by the island's folklore as told to him by his father, the Honolulu-based filmmaker and Professor at the...
“Bromance” has been a staple in cinema, literature, and popular culture for a long time. Perhaps the latest incarnation of this genre is Barrack Obama and Bruce Springsteen's "Renegade" podcast series. Not to diss Bruce and Barrack but they have nothing on Desmond...
Gracing hotels, resorts and high rises around Waikiki and throughout the Aloha State, there's nothing more iconic than the coconut palm. However, when the corona-virus pandemic forced hotels and the tourism industry to shut down, it threw into stark relief the coconut palm's importance...
President Barack Obama regularly referred to his home state of Hawaii as a big, harmonious community, where he was born and spent his boyhood and adolescence. In fact, his Hawaiian background is, in many ways, a key to understanding who he really is. There...
During the past two years, when tourism in the Aloha State imploded, digital media was one of the few shining stars in our beleaguered economy. The Honolulu International Film Festival is a key component in expanding this sector. By providing a watering hole...
Editor's Note: The world keeps on turning. In spite of the chaos of the last year, we’re moving forward and, whenever possible, even with a little panache. Kurt Stewart, our writer-at-large in Europe, recently bought a 230-year-old house in the center of Portugal. With the help...