HONOLULU Magazine - May 2008 May 1, 2008 Site Staff Grading the Public Schools Ronna Bolante, Reasearch asisstance by Mila Kobayashi, Once again, we’ve ranked 258 public schools statewide. Do your neighborhood schools measure up? Are they getting any better? The Yard Ronna Bolante, Over the past century, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard has helped the country by keeping the Pacific Fleet “fit to fight,” but it also has a special significance for the people of Hawaii. In the following pages, HONOLULU explores the past and present of the shipyard, which celebrates its centennial anniversary this month. Biennial 2.0 rew Rose, Now that Honolulu has two alternating, yet similar, museum exhibitions, is the art scene really going to be better? New Wave Michael Keany, This Waikane home’s dramatic roofline mirrors the Koolau mountains behind it. Politics in Hawaii: Is Something Broken? Randall W. Roth, From the Bishop Estate scandal of the 1990s to today’s Act 221 and Department of Education governance, politics in Hawai‘i is plagued by a lack of transparency and accountability. Lewers and Kalakaua John Heckathorn, Unfortunately, this hot corner has not cornered the market on great cuisine. Field Guide: Queen Street Catherine E. Toth, This stretch of street in Kakaako isn’t populated with just auto body shops and government buildings. In My Words: Jaimie Kahale As told to Kathryn Drury Wagner, This HIV-positive Kaneohe woman works for the nonprofit Life Foundation, telling her story, counseling clients and training educators. Scrapyard: Should Hawaii ban smoking in parks and beaches? Michael Keany, The Hawaii County Council voted in March to ban smoking at all Big Island beach parks and recreational facilities. Some say it’s legislation that’s needed statewide. Is this a good idea? Green Machines Sheila Sarhangi, A stylish, energy-saving way to travel. On The Hunt Sheila Sarhangi, The Nature Conservancy takes on Hawaii's feral pigs. SOS for the Falls of Clyde A. Kam Napier, The Bishop Museum says it may have to sink this historical vessel. CD Reviews: Alfred Apaka and Kawao Michael Keany, Broadway Wears a LeiAlfred Apaka(Re-released by Mountain Apple Co.)Hawaii’s foremost crooner, Alfred Apaka, singing “I Could Have Danced All Night,” from My Fair Lady? Believe it. This album, originally recorded in 1958 and recently re-released, finds Apaka taking on not… Q&A: Roger Jellinek Lavonne Leong, Executive Director, Hawaii Book and Music Festival Miao Mixed Michael Keany, Toys aren't just for kids anymore. A Polo Primer Ken Baldino, What you need to know to enjoy the season, even if you’ve never heard of a chukker. 7 Reasons to Get Out Jenny de Jesús, May 2008 Get Spammed Site Staff, The sixth annual Waikiki Spam Jam takes place on May 3. Letters Site Staff, ...on reducing parking requirements, the Eyre Era, Zippy's saimin and Linda Lingle thanks Honolulu. Editor's Page: Failure to Thrive A. Kam Napier, editor, How much longer can parents wait for schools to improve? From Our Files Ronna Bolante, HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific—chronicling the Islands since 1888. Girls' Night Out Jenny de Jesús, National nonprofit Chicks with Checks launches a Hawaii chapter with a party and a purpose. Afterthoughts: At Close Range Kathryn Drury Wagner, managing editor, The cast of characters is half the fun of apartment living.