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‘Jurassic World’ vs. ‘Aloha’

TWO big Hollywood films shot in Hawaii are at your multiplex this weekend. So which movie should you spend your hard-earned money on? Let’s look at the contenders. While the trailer for “Aloha” gave me high hopes, this star-studded film…

Something new: Ed Kenney’s Mud Hen Water

Ed Kenney’s Mud Hen Water opened this week, the locavore chef’s third restaurant in Kaimuki. It’s next to Kaimuki Superette, his casual lunch spot where orders are served on cafeteria-style trays, and across the street from Town restaurant. “The name…

Hawaiian Airlines launches featured chef series

  The Hawaiian Airlines featured chefs with Chai Chaowasaree (center), from left: Jon Matsubara, Andrew Le, Lee Anne Wong, Wade Ueoka, and Sheldon Simeon. Photo by Rae Huo. Hawaiian Airlines kicked off its new featured chef program yesterday, where inflight meals created…

Crowe delivers too much ‘Aloha’

Filmmaker Cameron Crowe is known for classic films like “Jerry Maguire” and “Say Anything.” So when he gathers an awesome A-list cast and sets his latest film right here in our backyard, of course interest will be high, so let’s…

LinkedIn profile photo fails

(Sponsored) By Steve T. Yeti, ambassador of Real Jobs Hawaii Selfies. Everyone’s doing it. But be selective with which photo you choose for a professional site like LinkedIn. Post one of these profile pictures and watch the red flags fly…

Popping out of the Cave and into Kakaako

Los Dos Vatos Chances are you’ve never heard of Gilbert Arangure or Eddie Lopez … unless you’re in the restaurant business or a frequent guest at Vintage Cave. Let me tell you a little bit about these two amazingly talented…

Win tickets to ‘Big Trouble in Little China’

The classic ’80s action flick “Big Trouble in Little China” screens Wednesday, May 27 as part of Consolidated Theatres’ 4th anniversary celebration of the Hana Hou Picture Show, and we’re giving away six pairs of tickets! Three lucky winners will…

‘Pitch Perfect 2’: still charming

The 2012 a cappella surprise hit, “Pitch Perfect,” was true to its title, literally pitch perfect. So needless to say, I knew going into the sequel that it would be hard to live up to the first flick, but the…

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ goes balls to the wall

To paraphrase my favorite line from “Mad Max: Fury Road” – “Oh what a film! What a lovely film!” Recently I’ve started to bemoan the death of the classic action flick. The intricacies of a mind-blowing action scene have been…

Win tickets to Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’

We’re giving away five sets of tickets (each with four tickets) to an advanced screening of Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” starring George Clooney. The screening takes place Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Ward Theatres — four days before the film’s…

Summer movie preview: The small(er) films

Quick — what films are you most looking forward to watching this summer? Now how many of these are not sequels, reboots or based on comic books? The answer is very likely none. Fortunately, summer is not all about big…

Summer Movie Preview: The Blockbusters

Last week “Avengers: Age of Ultron” officially kicked off what potentially could be the biggest summer movie season ever. Summer is always a time when studios roll out their big money franchise films where to quote a huge summer movie…

Grading this week’s movie trailers

Film geeks like myself are counting the days (nine, to be exact) until “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens a huge summer movie season. But the release of some exciting and even controversial trailers this past week triggered endless internet chatter.…

Neeson not too old to “Run All Night”

I’ve only seen six movies at the theaters this year and Liam Neeson starred in two of them. Forget James Brown. Liam Neeson is the new hardest-working man in show business. I give all the credit in the world to…

Something New event: Super CW brings the beat

Known for her exuberant personality and fresh, eclectic beats, Super CW has honed her skills as a versatile DJ not only here in Hawaii but lately, around the globe. I’ve been supporting Christa Wittmier since she was spinning for small…

Lauren Makk is living The FAB Life

She rose to fame on TLC’s Emmy-winning Trading Spaces and Drill Team on A&E, but interior design star Lauren Makk is still the home girl next door. The Oklahoma native-turned-Kakaako resident moved to Hawaii after coming for vacation and never…

Something New event: Cow & the Lady

Coming Wednesday, March 25: Frolic’s own Something New event, a food celebration with a twist. Honolulu’s nine craziest chefs will unleash their creativity in fun new ways, each challenged with a local ingredient that takes them out of their comfort…

Roy’s new throwback

Roy Yamaguchi helped pioneer Hawaii Regional Cuisine a generation ago, when few had heard of wasabi butter or firecracker aioli. Now the culinary icon is going in the opposite direction with his next restaurant — back to the past. “It’s…

A thank you letter to John Cusack

Hi, John Cusack. Is that really you? If you’re reading this, you’re probably on set between takes and you’ve stumbled upon this column on your iPhone because you were Googling yourself. Not judging. We all do it. So while I…