Category: Entertainment

‘This American Life’ Visits Niihau

“The Forbidden Isle” will be featured in an upcoming episode of “This American Life.” Titled “I Don’t Make the Rules,” episode #611 of the popular radio program will visit the island of Niihau, which is privately held and nearly impossible to visit.

Geek Beat: Exploring the Explosive Pokemon Go Craze

There was no way to avoid talking about Pokemon Go this morning, considering how massively popular the newly launched game has become in just a few days. But this morning’s Sunrise “Geek Beat” segment allowed me to spend a little time giving credit where credit is due. Before there was...

Geek Beat: WWDC & E3

Two big tech conferences kicked off this week: Apple’s World-Wide Developers Conference and E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. We shared the highlights on this morning’s “Geek Beat” segment on the Hawaii News Now Sunrise morning news show. Apple’s big keynote covered all four of the company’s software platforms: iOS (for...

Gallery: Kong in Chinatown

Gallery: Kong in Chinatown

Driving through downtown this week, I was suddenly and briefly transported to Saigon circa 1971. It turns out about a block of Chinatown near Kekaulike Market was a filming location for “Kong: Skull Island,” a big-budget monster movie due out in 2017. It instantly reminded me of the hours I spent...

Female Comics of Hawaii Take the Stage

The Hollywood press has proudly declared a “golden age of funny women,” with the mainstream breakout success of female comedians like Amy Schumer prompting think pieces about “the last gasps of mainstream sexism.” But whether it’s a golden age or a “cubic zirconium age,” it’s actually nothing new. Funny women...

Another Anime Convention Lands in Hawaii

More than a year in the making, the inaugural Anime Matsuri Hawaii convention kicks off on Friday. One of the nation’s largest Japanese animation conventions arrives at the Hawaii Convention Center on the same day Black Friday bargain hunters will descend on Ala Moana Center a couple of blocks away. Anime...

Family Sunday Features Duke Kahanamoku

Bishop Museum’s popular “Family Sunday” will celebrate Hawaii’s most celebrated surfer and athlete, Duke Kahanamoku. The museum grounds will be buzzing with educational activities, informational booths featuring local community groups, live music, and food trucks and food booths. As noted here in August, Bishop Museum unveiled an original historical and multimedia...

Environmental Documentary Gets Oahu Premiere

A beautiful, enlightening, and inspirational documentary film about the environmental health of our fragile planet will be featured in a special screening on Thursday. The “Breath of Life” captures a portrait of the Earth through globe-crossing cinematography and interviews with dozens of internationally acclaimed scientists, authors, and activists. Filming locations...

San Francisco Singer Songwriter Sets Sights on Oahu

San Francisco musician Curt Yagi is flying out for a short Honolulu tour next week, following up a set of successful gigs on Maui last year. The award-winning singer songwriter and his band “The People Standing Behind Me” are known throughout the Bay Area for “happy acoustic rock with a touch of...

Geek Beat: Back to the Future Day

We’re in the future? Where’s my flying car? We served up a bit of pop-culture whimsy for this morning’s Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise morning news show, with geeks the world over celebrating “Back to the Future Day.” It’s the day when Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive to...

Hawaii Film Industry Gets New Link to Hollywood

At one end, a group of state government officials, film industry leaders, and creative professionals were gathered at Honua Studios in Kona. At the other, a hundred of their Hollywood counterparts were assembled in Screening Room #5 at Warner Brothers Studios in California. Between them, a new multi-gigabit high-speed connection over a private...

Bishop Museum Retakes the Week with Lasers

Bishop Museum Retakes the Week with Lasers

After six years of six-days-a-week operation, the Bishop Museum is again open on Tuesdays. The return to a daily schedule (with only Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays off) began with the new month, which also brings a limited engagement laser light show and a wearable art exhibit. “We are delighted to provide...

Accelerator Names Next Set of Storytelling Startups

You might not think of a YouTube star as being a startup, but for the Big Island-based GVS Accelerator, an online musical comedy series is a promising investment. The GVS Accelerator hit the road earlier this summer in search of its second cohort of companies. But rather than looking for the next hot...

Weekend Gamer Expo Changes Dates, Venues

Traveling through time and space is easy in video games, but when it comes to planning big events, it’s a little more complicated. Less than three days before it was set to begin, the second annual Gamer Expo has been rescheduled and moved from this Saturday in Waikiki to Sunday at the Ala Moana...

Hawaii Snapchat Story Draws 3.8 Million Views

Millions of Snapchat users were treated to a montage of scenes from across Hawaii. The Aloha State was one of the global locations featured in a “One Week of Islands” series of “Live Stories,” drawing more than three million views. With the median age of a Snapchat user hovering around...

Hawaii Schools Partner with Pixar

While kids in Hawaii will have to wait until next year to see “Moana” just like everyone else, some lucky students in local public schools will get to experience Pixar animation magic right in their classrooms. The Hawaii State Department of Education, working with the state Department of Business, Economic...

‘Winning Girl’ Finally Gets Hawaii TV Premiere

An award-winning documentary about a Hawaii teen athlete who chased her dream of competing nationally in both judo and wrestling will get its local premiere, four months after it debuted nationally. As reported here in May, “Winning Girl” aired on the World Channel as part of its “America ReFramed” documentary series. But no cable providers in...

Historic Hawaiian Music Project Hits Crowdfunding Goal

Hawaiian music legend Cyril Pahinui turned to Kickstarter to fund what he called his “lifetime dream project,” and the community stepped up as his campaign to crowdfund a music video series surpassed its $65,000 goal yesterday. “We received a few texts and calls while at work today with the incredible news,”...

First Jackie Claxton Film Festival Set for Sept. 24

Jackie Claxton is a normal, average girl… except for the fact that she has the special ability to cross dimensions and into parallel universes to save people and battle evil. And later this month, she and her many incarnations and creators will be celebrated at “Claxtonfest,” a unique local film...