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Film 101: C’mon. It’s ‘The Godfather’

“The Godfather” is back on the big screen this Thursday night for Consolidated Theatres Oscars Classics series at Ward. I have. So much. To write about. Next to “Citizen Kane,” “The Godfather” is widely regarded as THE best film of…

Oscar categories we really want

The Oscars still represent the finest achievement in annual cinema. But with a months-long awards season leading up to it, including the Golden Globes and SAG awards, they have become predictable — almost a formality. Rarely have Academy voters surprised…

Trailer review: Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and a shaka in “Aloha.” I know what you’re thinking. Has it come to this? Have our attention spans atrophied so much that we’ve stooped to reviewing film trailers? Don’t you know trailers have more to…

Chinee like me: Chinatown gau

This weekend is the big celebration: On Friday, February 13, you’ll see lions dancing through Chinatown for Choy Cheng; and on Saturday, February 14, Maunakea Street will be closed all day and night for the big street festival and parade.

Best moments: Super Bowl commercials

Man, what a bummer of a Super Bowl. Oh, I don’t mean the game. The game itself was amazing and as entertaining as one could ask for. I’m talking about the commercials. What happened this year? The Super Bowl is…

‘The Loft’ will keep you guessing

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a cheesy, sleazy, vapid movie. Especially after the winter season was filled with highbrow artsy films desperate for Oscar recognition, it can feel really gratifying to turn your brain off and indulge in…

Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Origami Dō

With origami masters Richard Alexander and Michael LaFosse. How many of you have ever folded origami cranes for a wedding, or dollar bills for a graduation? Chances are, if you’re like me, you haven’t graduated past that kindergarten lesson in…

Knife Fight: Sheldon Simeon vs. Lyndon Honda

Chef Lyndon Honda and Chef Sheldon Simeon getting ready for their #KnifeFight tilapia battle It was expected to be an exciting and noteworthy duel… private chef, caterer and restaurant consultant Lyndon Honda taking on award-winning, “Top Chef” finalist/fan favorite Sheldon…

10 Things I learned from ‘Boyhood’

Photo by Matt Lankes from the book “Boyhood Twelve Years on Film.” Sunday night, “Boyhood” won three Golden Globes for best director (Richard Linklater), best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette) and best drama. The ultimate coming-of-age story, filmed over the course…

Hawaii: In Real Life ~ YMCA of Honolulu

With Kathy Lohman of the YMCA of Honolulu. Have you started your resolutions yet? Most people resolve to lose weight and get in shape, but they don’t always know how to get started. I’ve been a member of the YMCA…

Nostalgic J-Pop at Yoyogi Milk Hall

Remember Hiromi Go? I had a couple of very OMG moments on this trip, one of them being at our visit to a spot called Yoyogi Milk Hall. I don’t know why it’s called a Milk Hall — although there…

Preview: Summit Fest’s post-modern luau

The inaugural Summit Fest — a celebration of fashion, music, culinary arts, and ideas — happens this weekend. Presented by Summit Magazine and Ward Village, the three-day event highlights Hawaii as an innovation hub with networking events and speakers that will…