Category: Pop Culture

Hawaii Home Makeover Airs, Questions Linger

Hawaii Home Makeover Airs, Questions Linger

ABC’s popular, heartwarming, primetime television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, kicked off its newest season tonight with its 100th build: a brand new 3,500-square-foot house and a 4,500-square-foot community center in Kalihi. As host Ty Pennington crowed, Hawaii was the furthest the show had traveled yet to change lives for...

No Rock for You!

No Rock for You!

Aerosmith played a concert in Hawaii last night, but chances are, you weren’t invited. It was a private gig for Toyota, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary in Honolulu.  (The band was scheduled to perform for the hoi polloi on Maui on Wednesday, but that concert was canceled.) The automaker...

Suck It, Who?

Suck It, Who?

It’s one thing to make Newsweek. It’s another thing entirely to rate a citation in that venerable publication for a website called SuckItJesus.com. That claim to fame belongs to Carlos Uretta, a student at Hawaii Pacific University and the talented guy behind the HPU alt-news site FortStreetPulse.com. Carlos and his...

Catchy Ketchup

Catchy Ketchup

A local actor and film student has two entries in the running for the Heinz “Top This TV Challenge,” which invited amateur media makers to come up with clever 30-second commercials for their ketchup. Eric Manke, a student of the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, rallied...

McLovin of Hawaii

McLovin of Hawaii

We caught the trailer to Judd Apatow’s next film, “Superbad,” when we slipped out to see his current release, “Knocked Up.” Which was brilliant. But the “Superbad” trailer — in addition to promising another winner — also included a wonderful Aloha State shoutout. One of the characters gets a fake...

Towel Day, Interrupted

Towel Day, Interrupted

Yesterday was the seventh annual Towel Day, an international celebration of late author Douglas Adams, perhaps best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Now, Adams is my all-time favorite author. His Hitchhiker’s series shaped much of my outlook on life, his writing inspiring much of my own. The...

‘Dirty Jobs’ Loses ‘Faith’ Theme

‘Dirty Jobs’ Loses ‘Faith’ Theme

My family loves “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel. The concept could have gone in some really unpleasant directions, but host Mike Rowe really makes it work. Mike has filmed several segments in Hawaii, visiting a taro farm, a micro-algae farm, and a volcano dream sequence for a California-based mud...

Another ‘LOST’ Film Snafu?

Another ‘LOST’ Film Snafu?

Early last month, Mynette Louie of the Hawaii Film Blog posted an official notice from the Hawaii Film Office about the inadvertent destruction of film from two Hawaii productions. I immediately e-mailed around trying to confirm that “LOST” was one of the productions affected, but — at least as far as...

The Hawaii Chair?

The Hawaii Chair?

Oh, sweet mother of… the Hawaii Chair? “Anyone who has been to or seen anything on Hawaii has come across this unique dance form. The traditional Polynesian Hula dance encourages the combination of cardiovascular exercises with small, controlled movements throughout the buttocks and abdominal region, promoting weight loss and increased...