May 2005

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Act 51: Can It Save The Public Schools?

The legislature passed a bill “reinventing” the public schools. Now some of the town’s most powerful business executives are trying to make it work.

High School: An Inside Story

Minutes before the bell for the day’s first class, kids lean against the gray cinder-block walls of the I Building, sit on the sidewalk next to the soda machine outside the Student Center, hang out on benches in Mene Square, named after the school’s mascot, the menehune.
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Q + A, Robbie "Flash" Hansen

As promotions and marketing director of the Wave Waikiki for the past seven years, Flash, 32, keeps that nightclub jumping. As an independent promoter, his twice-monthly Skyline parties have resurrected the formerly geriatric Hanohano Room in the Sheraton Waikiki.


May 2005

Hip Moms

You know the type— she wears stilettos with jeans, does Pilates on Saturdays and she’s 35 (if only at heart). Spoil her on Mother’s Day.

Up to our eyeballs?

Honolulu City and County is in the hole for $3 billion. Is it too much?

What Happened at the Grammys?

The Grammys finally gave their first award for a Hawaiian Music Album. So why are so many Island musicians unhappy?

Clean Your Greens

Why you still need to wash your vegetables.

From Our Files

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific, chronicling the Islands since 1888.

Dining: Upscale Asian

Asian cuisine is already a star in Honolulu. Does it need to get dressed up?

Martin Denny: 1911–2005

Hawaii has lost a giant of local music.

Meeting of the Minds

Some of the best philosophers on the planet will be in town this month. You’re invited to sit in, and it’s free.

Writing the Surf

A poet surfer pays tribute to Hawaii’s sport


May 2005

Our Town: Lewers Lounge

An old favorite is new and improved.

Afterthoughts: Strange Lessons

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, state government has taken over … its own schools.

Editor's Page: A Real Education

This month we get down to business on the public schools.
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