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Wyland, Hawaiian Airlines clash over 2 murals

Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm
Internationally renowned marine artist Wyland is fighting Hawaiian Airlines over the future of two murals he painted 18 years ago on the Airport Center building on Ualena Street. Read More

Terasaki turns to art to honor his father

Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm
Following his father’s death a year and a half ago, contemporary artist Taiji Terasaki of Honolulu felt untethered. Having no strong religious affiliation, he was unsure of how to grieve. Then he turned to art. Read More

New Tokoname in Kaimuki gets everything right

Updated on  August 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm
The new Tokoname Sushi Bar & Restaurant at the bottom of Waialae Avenue is a pleasant surprise — it’s spacious with a Zen atmosphere. Read More

Kumu hula Denise Ramento remembered for imparting legacy of love, culture

Kumu hula Denise Ka‘uhionamauna Kia Ramento of Pearl City always lived life to the fullest but spent the last few years, in particular, imparting as much wisdom and knowledge as she could to her six children. Read More

Natural qualities of ceramicist’s work revealed in clean, crisp lines

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm
As a featured artist for the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, some of David Kuraoka’s most recent works are on display as part of the chamber’s 39th annual “Commitment to Excellence” art exhibition. Read More

Beloved kumu hula Denise Ramento dies at 64

Updated on  August 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm
Denise Ka’uhionamauna Ramento, beloved kumu hula of Halau Hula O Kauhionamauna of Waipahu died on Tuesday. She was 64. Read More

Weird, wonderful invertebrates mug for the camera

Updated on  August 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton presents 50 original images in “Spineless: Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life,” opening at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and accompanied by a documentary film. Read More

Costumes wanted for families in need

Teapresso Bar is launching a costume drive at its five locations for Helping Hands Hawaii’s Community Clearinghouse. Read More

Handy apps provide valuable beach info

Updated on  July 30, 2017 at 4:53 pm
A host of handy apps stand ready to provide information on everything from real-time surf and tide conditions to reef fish identification. Read More

Varying volcano views comprise new exhibit

Updated on  July 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm
“Thirty-Six Views of Mauna Kea” is an exhibit inspired by early-19th-century ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) master Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.” Read More

After decades of dance, hula troupers converge

Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm
With “Ko ka ‘I‘ini,” which translates into “Desires Fulfilled,” Blaine Kamalani Kia celebrates the culmination of 30 years of teaching hula here in Honolulu, on the mainland and around the world. Read More

Blanchard named managing director at Marks Garage

Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm
After 16 years in charge of The Arts at Marks Garage, Rich Richardson will be replaced by Kumu Kahua Theatre managing director Donna Blanchard next week. Read More

‘Chasing Coral’ features Hawaii expert, reefs

Jeff Orlowski has an urgent message to share about the state of coral reefs here and around the world: They are vanishing at an unprecedented rate due to climate change. Read More
Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Hawai‘i Craftsmen celebrate 50 years

Updated on  July 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm
Cedar Street Galleries is hosting an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of Hawai‘i Craftsmen, whose members work in clay, metal, fiber, wood and mixed media. Read More

Cholo’s serves up refreshing margaritas in a friendly atmosphere

Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 4:18 pm
While going to the North Shore on the weekends is not as much of an escape as it once was, the North Shore has a mellow vibe and open country feel that’s hard to find elsewhere on Oahu. Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican restaurant in Haleiwa is no hidden hole-in-the-wall, but it kind of has a homey feel. Read More

Outdoor market to offer luxury decor

The Aloha Home Market will debut July 23 at 25 Maluniu Ave., an open lot near Cinnamon’s Restaurant. Read More

‘Ward’ focuses on sexual, spiritual conversations

Updated on  July 16, 2017 at 12:18 am
“Ward” is art collective Paradise Cove’s group exhibit developed around conversations about the sexual and spiritual realms of human nature. Read More

Nakajima presents ceramics exhibit at Waikiki Parc

Updated on  July 9, 2017 at 6:20 pm
Ceramic works by Momoe Nakajima, who is inspired by her connections to Japan and Hawaii, are on exhibit at Parc Promenade Gallery in the Waikiki Parc Hotel. Read More

La Hiki’s burgers and shakes are tantalizing treats

Updated on  July 7, 2017 at 3:01 pm
The drive to Ko Olina from town via H-1 might not be the most pleasant experience during commuting hours on a weekday, but once you take the resort exit, you feel as if you’re on vacation. Read More

Art pop-up at Ala Moana Center showcases local artists

Updated on  July 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm
A shoreline is, symbolically, a place where various forces converge — where water meets shore and where visitors and locals alike come together. Read More