Ars Gratia Artis


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  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


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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 […]

Young expatriates hold key to building a better Hawaii


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Below is an article graciously written by David Shapiro, a sharp journalist at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  This all came about because I emailed Mr. Shapiro to get his thoughts on the Brain Drain after having read one of his quips about young people being one of Hawaii’s largest exports; I knew he would have an […]

Stemming the Brain Drain through Local Commitment


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Through a chance meeting at a local style send-off for a mutual friend returning to New York City, I met Professor Christine R. Yano of the Department of Anthropology at UH-Manoa.  I shared my story as a kama’aina fresh back to the island after nearly a seven-year stint on the east coast of the U.S. […]

Saving the Ham for Portuguese Bean Soup


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“I know this sounds lame but do you have traditional Hawaiian food at Thanksgiving?” wrote a New York buddy of mine in a text message. “What?” I replied back. I knew what he meant. I chuckled. “You know…like the pork and the poy. All that stuff,” he wrote. “Ohh. Actually no. We do Turkey/Ham/Mash. The […]