Author: Dave Choo

Parent to Parent: Off to a Clean Start

Photo: Courtesy of Dave Choo Every year, our family does some major spring cleaning. It actually starts in the winter, when we prepare for a large Christmas Eve/birthday bash we host for my mother-in-law. At first, our efforts were focused…

Parent to Parent: Step By Step

My 14-year-old son, Kennedy, just started high school. It was a major milestone, but the first day of school was like any other: He grumbled when he finally got out of bed, was unresponsive when we asked him if he…

Movie Review: The Jungle Book

The animation is gone, but Disney's live-action version of this classic boy-meets-jungle story is a gorgeous makeover. Photo: Walt Disney Studio motion picturesWhen I first saw the dark, action-packed trailer for the new live-action The Jungle Book, my first thought was:…

Movie Review: Disney's Zootopia

Surprising wit, hilarious side characters and real-life lessons make Disney's latest film fun for parents and kids. But note: some scenes could scare young children.   photo: walt disney animation studiosZootopia is a sprawling, highly evolved, multi-ecosystem metropolis where mammals—predators…

Parent to Parent: School Daze

Heavy-duty backpack able to hold 50 pounds of books and papers, a pile of rocks or one homework assignment. Check. One pencil box and one pencil case for two dozen soon-to-be-misplaced No. 2 pencils. Check. New basketball-ready wardrobe with “Air,”…

Parent to Parent: The Family that Posts Together...

I recently started an Instagram account and, much to my surprise, I quickly picked up a handful of followers before I posted a single picture. I'm not much of a photographer and I have little interest in chronicling every moment…

Parent to Parent: Lessons in Giving

Photos: David Croxford, Odeelo Dayondon A round this time of year,  I feel compelled to explain to my 12-year-old son, Kennedy, how giving is far more important than receiving. Except that the “season of giving,” with its long Christmas gift…

Parent to Parent: Dealing with a Season of Change

Photo: Karen DB PhotographyZombies, slush floats and other ways we’re marking the end of summer. Summer is over and I feel like a zombie, literally. It was a busy time, for sure, but the reason I'm a bit undead is…

Parent to Parent: Endless Summer

One summer, my sister and I and several other kids in the neighborhood built a clubhouse on the hill above my parents' house. One of the older kids designed it: It had screened windows, a tar-papered roof and a small…

Parent to Parent: Acting Up

Lately, our summers have been filled with drama—literally and figuratively. For the past two years, our son, Kennedy, has attended Ohana Arts (ohanaarts.org), a seven-week musical-theater workshop in which students 8 to 18 receive extensive and intensive training in acting,…

Parent to Parent: The Family Tree

One of my favorite holiday movies is A Christmas Story, which chronicles little Ralphie Parker’s quest to acquire a “Red Ryder carbine-action, two-hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.”…

Parent to Parent: Our Own Private Today

When our son, Kennedy, was 3 years old, my wife and I decided that Sundays would be our “decompression day,” a brief, quiet escape from the outside world. Television watching was prohibited on Sundays, as was Googling, emailing and texting.…

The Kid Whisperer

  I used to be a regular viewer of “The Dog Whisperer”—until I got a dog. Don't get me wrong, I still think the show's star, Cesar Millan, has a near-supernatural ability to communicate with animals. However, no matter what…

Parent to Parent: Embracing Your Inner Geek

Nearly seven years ago, my wife, Cyd, and I went to see U2 in concert at Aloha Stadium. As we found our seats, the warm-up act was finishing its set. Nodding in approval, I turned to Cyd and said, “That…

Food, Glorious Food, and Fun in Honolulu!

Photography by Karen DB Photography When was the last time your kids were excited about going grocery shopping? It is not easy picking out fresh fruit while comforting a hungry, fussy toddler. Goldfish or Cheerios might tide them over, but…

Developing a Healthy Diet in Honolulu

When I realized my my son, Kennedy, was a picky eater, I was a little out of my element. You see, I've always considered myself a “good eater,” which is a polite way of saying I consume just about anything…