1. A rock band’s ‘Lost’ love
Weezer, whose fans are as ardent in their devotion to the rockers as "Losties" are to the Hawaii-filmed ABC show, will be releasing a new album on Sept. 14 with "Lost" actor Jorge Garcia’s mug featured on the cover. The shot was cropped from a fan photo of Garcia with band frontman Rivers Cuomo.
For a taste of what promises to be a raw but still pop-friendly album, check out the punchy rave-up "Memories" (featuring full-voice chorus work from Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass crew) at soundcloud.com; also available at iTunes. — Gary Chun
2. Eye protection with attitude
I’m amazed at all the time people spend out on the water, in the brightest sunlight, with no eye protection. Even if I had 20/20 vision, I’d still love my Silverfish sunglasses, which are designed for watersports. I wear them windsurfing and surfing.
Silverfish come with special straps and an extra nose piece to keep them stuck to your face and are made of high-impact plastic that can survive a good wipeout. Prescription lenses can be used in some models. Priced from $45 to $109, they are available online at silverfish.com. — Steven Mark
3. The real world of a style maven
Some people think I have the best job in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s not laborious and stressful, which is why I like to tune into "The Rachel Zoe Project" at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on Bravo. Whatever hardships I’m enduring, I feel better knowing Zoe has it worse as stylist to the stars — though she at least has the luxury of assistants to do her heavy lifting.
Her reality show offers insight into the world of designers, celebrities and fashion editorials, and the kind of work, planning and worrying that go into making fashion look carefree and fun. This season, she’s dealing with the loss of an assistant who has joined the competition for clients. It’s bound to get ugly. — Nadine Kam
4. Freshwater fun in Waikiki
I have always wondered who goes to the pool at Waikiki hotels when the world-famous beach is mere steps away. What could beat the experience of sand and surf? The Sheraton Waikiki’s Helumoa Playground, that’s what.
The family-friendly complex features two pools connected by a mini waterslide, fountains, a waterfall hiding a small cave, two whirlpools and a 70-foot water slide. There’s also a kiddie pool. After a recent visit, my 5-year-old requested we scrap plans for a trip to Disneyland next year in favor of another Sheraton staycation.
Rooms start at $265/night with kamaaina rates available. Call 922-4422. — Donica Kaneshiro
5. Eat your greens
Kale makes eating healthy ever so easy. The dark leafy green is rich in vitamins A, C and K, and minerals such as iron, manganese, calcium and potassium. And because of its heartiness, it’s versatile in the kitchen. Sauteed in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper, kale is heavenly. Some say the stalks are too tough to consume, but I chop them small and toss in the pan a few minutes before adding the leaves. No need to waste. In my family, kale is also a favorite addition to soups. Put the stems in early; then, when almost done cooking, add leaves. — Joleen Oshiro