Category: Pop Culture

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

Tuesday night brings the premiere of “The River” on ABC. Created by Oren Peli, the man behind the “Paranormal Activity” film franchise, the show is described as a “paranormal adventure horror” series. The modest production came to the islands with a modest, eight-episode first-season order, following in the much larger...

Photos from the “Hawaii Five-0” Beach Premiere

Photos from the “Hawaii Five-0” Beach Premiere

Thousands of fans of the CBS reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” packed Waikiki Beach on Saturday night to enjoy an advance screening of the season two premiere episode.

On to Comic-Con!

On to Comic-Con!

It’s that time of year again, when over 130,000 geeks, nerds, collectors, artists, fanboys and fangirls of all stripes converge on San Diego for “The Nerd Prom.” And, once again, I’ll be making the pilgrimage to immerse myself in the beautiful chaos of Comic-Con. This will be my fourth trip to...

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

The Transformers are coming back to the big screen. And I don’t mean the forthcoming sequel to the big budget Michael Bay blockbuster from 2007. Honolulu has been reveling in movie nostalgia lately. Consolidated Theatres saw great success with its 25th anniversary screening of 1984’s “Top Gun,” kicking off a...

‘Toy Story’ Epilogue Goes Hawaiian

‘Toy Story’ Epilogue Goes Hawaiian

Last year’s Oscar-nominated animation blockbuster “Toy Story 3” was emphatically described as the final chapter of the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and friends.  But from Entertainment Weekly comes word of a new short film in which fans get one more glimpse of what became of these beloved characters after their...

Review: ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Review: ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Tonight brings the national premiere of the re-imagined “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS, although my family and I were among the thousands who crammed onto Waikiki beach for a special “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening a week ago. Though I’m not planning on covering “Hawaii Five-0” on this blog as...

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

As fans prepare to gather in Waikiki tonight for the “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the premiere episode of the new “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS has launched an online “Marching Band Mania” competition focused on the show’s iconic theme song. Over 40 bands from across the country have been...

George Takei Speaks Out on Hawaii Equality

George Takei Speaks Out on Hawaii Equality

On this week’s Bytemarks Cafe, the weekly science and technology radio show I co-host with Burt Lum on Hawaii Public Radio, we had the honor of interviewing George Takei. He’s best known for his role as Sulu on Star Trek, but he’s also been a long-time, prominent, and outspoken advocate...

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

The best “LOST” filming locations tours have gotten even better. Ed Kos of Kos Tours announced today that he has secured access to some new, well-known but well hidden, “LOST” sets. Dubbed “LOST Valley,” the secluded spot includes several iconic structures: The Hydra and its the polar bear cages,  The Orchid (or...

“Hawaii Five-0” Theme Song Contest

“Hawaii Five-0” Theme Song Contest

In anticipation of the Sept. 20 series premiere of CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0,” the network has announced a video upload contest on its site. Fans are encouraged to upload their “best interpretation” of the show’s iconic theme song (or, at least, up to 30 seconds of it), and the...

“LOST” in August

“LOST” in August

“LOST” fans have a lot to look forward to this month! On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 & 22, there will will be a two-day live auction of over 1,000 “LOST” props. Two days later, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, the official release of both “Lost: The Sixth and Final Season”...

“Hawaii Five-0” at Comic-Con

“Hawaii Five-0” at Comic-Con

One of the highlights for me at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the preview for the new “Hawaii Five-0” reboot on CBS. The event featured stars Daniel Dae Kim, who gets to stay in Hawaii following his six-year turn on “LOST,” and Grace Park, a reboot veteran from “Battlestar...

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

I’m still recovering from Comic-Con (and I’ve already preregistered for 2011), but one of the millions of geeky sights burned in my brain from the massive expo floor is the persistent popularity of Pokémon. The video game, the cartoon, the trading cards… the whole Japanese brand turned global phenomenon. There...

Comic-Con, Here We Come!

Comic-Con, Here We Come!

In a few hours, my wife and I will be taking a red-eye flight from Honolulu through San Francisco to San Diego, where we’ll be attending our third Comic-Con. Dubbed “the geek prom” by some, this massive event draws well over 120,000 people each year. We weren’t planning on being...

Hawaii Five-0 Production Begins

Hawaii Five-0 Production Begins

Production on CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” officially started today in Waikiki. Work kicked off after a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw of Bishop Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha Schools. On hand was Daniel Dae Kim, formerly of “LOST,” Grace Park, formerly of...

Phineas and Ferb Go Hawaiian

Phineas and Ferb Go Hawaiian

Much as I’d like to think of myself as a sophisticated connoisseur of art and culture, I consume my fair share of pop pablum. And as a dad to three kids, I also know more than I want to know about kids cartoons. A few shows have been outright banned...

Food Network Gets ‘LOST’ on Wednesday

Food Network Gets ‘LOST’ on Wednesday

The series finale of “LOST” is less than a week away, and the Food Network is visiting “The Island” just in time. In the Wednesday installment of “Dinner: Impossible,” celebrity chef Robert Irvine finds himself stranded on Papailoa Beach — the very stretch of sand the survivors of Oceanic 815...

“LOST” Filming Update

“LOST” Filming Update

SPOILER ALERT: Though the final chapter of “LOST” is only just beginning to unfold on television, production in Honolulu is rapidly reaching its last few hours. Filming began this week on the 14th of 18 episodes scheduled for Season 6 (the last three of which comprise the finale). From several...

“LOST” Beach Premiere Details

“LOST” Beach Premiere Details

Just in from ABC, a few more details on the advance screening of the “LOST” final season premiere on Waikiki Beach on Jan. 30. As in 2006, they will indeed be showing only the first hour of the two-hour episode, and adding on the pilot of another show. But the...

“LOST” on the Lawn [Updated]

“LOST” on the Lawn [Updated]

SPOILER ALERT: While additional shooting takes place this morning at the Ilikai Marina, continuing the big stunt scene from yesterday, local blogger GeeWhy of Pulpconnection broke the news of a concurrent “LOST” location shoot on Twitter and with a blog post. The scene, fortunately, is considerably more low key than yesterday’s....