Category : Personality Profile

Hawaii – The Hollywood of the Pacific!

Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches, incredible volcanoes, and year-round balmy climate, but what most people don’t realize is that it is also one of the film industry’s most sought-after filming locations. In fact, there have been so many movies and television shows filmed here that Hawaii has rightfully earned the nickname “Hollywood of […]

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The Cliff Johns Gallery in Small but Funky Holualoa Village

Located on the Big Island in a quaint village just minutes from Kailua, art enthusiasts will find a gallery with some of the most unique and incredibly beautiful pieces in Hawaii. In the heart of Kona coffee country Holualoa Village has become a hub for some of the Big Island’s most talented artists and a […]

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The Mona Lisas’ of Hawaii – Pegge Hopper’s Wahine

Wahine is the Hawaiian word for woman and if you’ve ever visited Hawaii you’ve probably encountered the works of Pegge Hopper. Her art adorns the walls of our galleries and museums, the Honolulu airport, as well as various hotels and resorts in Hawaii. Much like Davinci’s Mona Lisa, the Polynesian women painted by Pegge Hopper […]

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Honolulu Serves as Inspiration for Local Jewellery Designer

Modern, minimalist, and feminine best describe the pieces that make up the Imi Jewellery collection. Designed by local artist Lauren Yamashita, each piece is inspired by her surroundings. Honolulu is a mix of natural beauty and industrial design and the two come together in the Imi line. In Hawaii, the word imi means “seek” or […]

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How One Bad Golf Game Changed the Future of the Arts Community in Hawaii

We often wonder if Louis Pohl’s young art students here in Hawaii knew the story of the wealthy socialite with the bad swing who was responsible for the journey of the teacher standing before them. It’s the kind of tale that Hollywood films are made of. While not quite a rags to riches story, the […]

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Big Island Artist Brings Levity to Serious Issues

“Get Nutz” is tattooed on a decaying rose.  An intricate, lined pattern of oranges, yellows, and a hint of green on cotton rag paper. Tiny mobile carts decked out in camouflage and pockmarked with bullet holes. Welcome to the world of celebrated Big Island artist Keith Tallett. Working in a variety of mediums, the Hilo […]

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A Favorite: R&B Singer Kaipo Kapua

Kaipo Kapua cuts an imposing figure—like that of a crime boss in a Quentin Tarantino film. Kapua has a network of tattoos spanning his neck to his arms, and his biceps that look like they should have their own zip code. He’s a serious-looking dude, but unlike a crime boss, Kapua isn’t interested in hurting […]

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A Pioneering Locavore Bistro in Maui

Hawaii is blessed with abundant natural resources – especially the edible kind. From fresh fish to fresh vegetables, the islands are teeming with life, both on and off land. So it’s a bit of a head-scratcher that the locavore craze – which has even taken hold in such inhospitable environs as the scorching, drought-prone Austin, […]

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A Honolulu Saxophonist Who Knows How to Have Fun

There’s a pretty remarkable video on YouTube of Honolulu jazz musician Reggie Padilla surfing while – wait for it – playing the saxophone. Because he’s not miced up, it’s unclear just how well he plays, or even what he’s playing, but the mere fact that the dude can stand on a surfboard and give the […]

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Makana: Virtuoso Guitarist, Activist, & Hawaiian Treasure

  Just try listening to Makana Cameron’s music without being mesmerized. The Hawaii native is a slack guitarist master – his intricate, rich rhythms have a profound emotive quality which speak the language of the soul, while his socially conscious lyrics speak to the mind and, often, call for action. But don’t take our word […]

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