HELP! the Kalihi YMCA

Last November 2013, I joined the Kalihi YMCA Board of Managers. When a friend and Kalihi Y staffer asked me to join, I was over the moon by the opportunity to work with a sterling organization that has done so much for Kalihi. Even my own mother went to the Kalihi Y as a student […]

Ars Gratia Artis

  Yesterday while biding my time before a board meeting I decided to stop by one of my favorite gallery-tiques (<–coined just now for gallery/boutiques) called hi (shortform for “human imagination”). Every First Friday, creative director and founder of hi, Rhandy Tambio displays handpicked artwork on his linen white walls. This month’s showcase features bold portraits […]

We are The Descendants

I’m writing this personal assessment of Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” knowing that I will evoke the same brand of local provincialism that I’ve eschewed upon my return home to Honolulu after a stint on the East Coast. In the summer of 2004, during a celebration of my high school graduation, my tutu’s sister took me […]