Honolulu Magazine - June 2004

June

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

Hawaiian Music Muted at UH?

The fall semester of 2004 could be the last for University of Hawai'i at Mänoa's single course in slack key guitar. The popular class, taught by lecturer and renowned slack key artist Peter Medeiros, narrowly escaped the axe in April…

Hawai‘i Music Pupu Platter

Rap Reiplinger Photo Courtesy Mountain Apple Co.While interviewing artists for the 50 Greatest Hawai'i Albums list, we heard many stories and tidbits that we didn't have room for in the main feature, but they were too fun to leave out.…

Hooked on Japanese TV

Along with Extreme Makeover and American Idol, one of my favorite "guilty TV" pleasures is a Japanese soap opera on KIKU, called Making It Through. I eagerly watch the misadventures of little, ponytailed Hina, her ambitious mother and her meddling…

Our Town: Stealth Antennae

Fake pine trees aren't just for Christmas. An 80-foot pine recently sprouted in Kalihi Valley, the island's first specimen of communication "stealth" technology. It's not just wind whistling through those nylon needles, but wireless signals for local cell phone and…

Q+A Jon De Mello

Q: I heard there was an interesting story behind the recording of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere over the Rainbow."A: We had a standing offer. I told Israel, whenever you want to record, just call, and we'll set it up, bang. Anytime,…

Swingtime in Honolulu!

New Orleans. Chicago. New York. Perhaps these are the places that first come to mind when we think of jazz. But Honolulu? You bet. This July, the Hawai'i International Jazz Festival returns to O'ahu for two days to revive the…