Category: Art

Google Art Project Saves Fleeting Street Art

One of the urban delights of traveling around Honolulu is spotting the many works of street art that turn drab warehouse walls and forgotten corners into brilliant works of art. Many of the best known examples come from Pow Wow Hawaii, an annual street art festival in Kakaako. This year was its fifth...

Jen's Contemporary Photography in Hawaii 2015 Entry #3

Contemporary Photography Exception Exhibition

Last month, when I wrote about Pacific New Media’s 2015 Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition, I blathered on about how much photography had changed, and how smartphones were the primary way most people captured and shared images. How fun would it be if a husband and wife, an Instagrammer and an avid iPhonographer,...

Pacific New Media Juror’s Award:"Untitled, Mother and Aunt," Jon Shimizu, August 2014

Entries Sought for Contemporary Photography Exhibition

Pacific New Media (part of the UH Mānoa Outreach College) is inviting local photographers to submit their work for their 7th annual “Contemporary Photography in Hawaii” exhibition. And yes, photos that have been posted on Instagram are eligible. I asked. “It’s open to anyone,” PNM Director Susan Horowitz tells me. “Last year we had...

Electronics at HiCapacity

Bill Would Back Makerspaces in Public Libraries

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would allocate half a million dollars to host makerspaces in public libraries. As longstanding hubs of knowledge for communities, it makes sense for libraries to expand their offerings — from books to internet access, and now tools for tinkering and creating. Last month, Sen. Glenn Wakai...

Oahu Fringe Festival

Fourth Fringe Festival in February

The fourth Oahu Fringe Festival , a celebration of live performing arts, is set for February 12-15, 2015, and this year, the festival will expand from Chinatown into Kakaako. I’ve followed the evolution of the festival since the first one came together in 2011. Modeled after the Edinburgh Festival, which goes back more than...

Local Artist Ripped Off by App Maker

More than two years ago, local designer Valentino Valdez — my friend and partner in Kukui High School — participated in an online challenge with the Comic Jam Hawaii artist group. Participants were pushed to draw something every day, and on July 2, 2012, he posted an adorable drawing of Superman done in...

Sisters Sing of Hawaiian Overthrow

The history of Hawaii has inspired an unlikely advocate in the form of a pop/folk musical duo from North Carolina. It was 122 years ago today, Jan. 17, 1893, that the kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown. Two years later, Queen Liliuokalani was imprisoned in Iolani Palace by a Western mililtary tribunal,...

Hawaii’s First Sketch Comedy Fest Needs You

My first introduction to Kimee Balmilero was on “Hi-5,” a kids’ show on Discovery Kids that my family would watch. (We had our TiVo set to always have the last ten episodes on tap.) My wife, who has a good sense of these things, said, “Kimee sounds local.” Sure enough, a...

Haunting Video of Māmane at Kohala

Haunting Video of Māmane at Kohala

A new time-lapse video captured by photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost will surely give you “chicken skin.” Yost has been taking pictures for 40 years (much of them while also working as a software developer), and today he is a photography teacher as well as a budding filmmaker. His work...

Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo on Sunday

Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo on Sunday

Hoping for a new chance to “relive our hanabatta days,” three local organizers are launching what they hope to be an annual expo for comic and toy collectors this Sunday (perhaps fittingly, the day after “Free Comic Book Day“). The Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo is the brainchild of Francisco Figueiredo, Carey Ishizuka,...

Third annual Fringe Festival starts Thursday

Third annual Fringe Festival starts Thursday

Honolulu will again join a global celebration of the arts with the Oahu Fringe Festival, which has now grown to a three-day event since it first landed in Chinatown in 2011. Fringe festivals are part of a tradition going back to 1947, where the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe was held...

Surf magazine, app ‘nude’ launches

Surf magazine, app ‘nude’ launches

“Surfing is an elegant endeavor that was born, practiced, and perfected here in Hawaii. Our goal with nude is to cohesively portray surfing’s beauty, history, and elegance into a publication that will speak to both surfers and non-surfers alike.”

First ‘IconLocal’ Supports the Homeless Community

First ‘IconLocal’ Supports the Homeless Community

This past weekend, Honolulu hosted the first-ever “IconLocal” in support of The Noun Project. The workshop brought together local designers and civic-minded geeks with local community service providers to develop a set of symbols and icons to support the homeless and the groups dedicated to helping them. “IconLocal Hawaii” was...

Firing Up for the Fringe Festival

Firing Up for the Fringe Festival

The world’s largest arts festival kicks off halfway around the globe this weekend. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe sold over 1.8 million tickets in 2009 to see over 18,000 artists from 60 countries. This year, several students from the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NHISPAC) have traveled to...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The sixth annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, on the municipal grounds between Honolulu Hale and the Fasi Building. It’s a great event for kids and families, for sure, but also for any voracious reader. I look forward to...

Hilo Designer Spots Movie Art

Hilo Designer Spots Movie Art

When music lovers watch movies, they often obsessively catalog the songs featured in the soundtrack. When geeks watch movies, they often notice which specific gadgets and tech tools are depicted. And slaves to fashion obsess over what the stars are wearing. When Hilo designer Liz Ambrose watches movies, she fixates...

3-D Printing at RAPID Technology

3-D Printing at RAPID Technology

RAPID Technology is a Honolulu-based 3-D printing and rapid prototyping firm. With 3-D printers by Z Corporation, the company offers designers, architects, engineers, and even artists a fast and intuitive way to visualize and interact with their work. Last September, RAPID Technology Chief Operating Officer Russ Ogi joined us on...

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Saturday brings the sixth annual “Museum Day” across the country, in which hundreds of museums across the country offer free admission to re-introduce the public to their collections. This year, there are nine participating museums in Hawaii: ‘Iolani Palace (Honolulu) Bailey House Museum (Maui) Honolulu Academy of Arts (Honolulu) Mission...