Standing in the Hula Grill men’s room on a recent Thursday, listening to the music piped through the restaurant’s speakers, I suddenly thought to myself, “This band is really good.” What I didn’t know yet was it wasn’t a band I was hearing; it was Ernest Puaa, a.k.a. “Da Barefoot Warrior,” playing live on the oceanfront stage. Just one voice, a guitar and some prerecorded … [Read more...] about Smiles, Everyone, Smiles!
The great thing about having gratitude is the realization that things we’d typically consider “not perfect” really are. My lunch last week at Maui Community College’s Pa`ina Food Court started with gratitude, and became one of the most perfect meals I’ve ever eaten. While visiting the food court the week prior, I was struck by how my beautiful plate of fresh island … [Read more...] about Pa`ina Food Court
Why do women wear high heels? At first I thought finding an answer to that ancient question was just my editor’s attempt to get his newly single reporter to approach as many women as possible with perhaps the single greatest icebreaker ever devised. But as I proceeded with my “research,” I found myself growing evermore curious (Note to imitating pick-up artists: I cut a … [Read more...] about Why Do Women Wear High Heels?
JOHN FRUSCIANTE “SHADOWS COLLIDE WITH PEOPLE” [EXPERIMENTAL-ROCK] I have to be careful here, because I’m probably in love with this man and could go on about his brilliance for hours. I’ll keep it simple: this album (one of at least eight equally brilliant solo efforts by the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist) contains 19 of the most uplifting, beautiful songs ever … [Read more...] about A Poor Man’s Guide to the Top Five Albums You’ll Never Hear on Corporate Radio
I’m a sucker for China Bowl’s Orange Peel Scallops. I won’t lie to you—I’ve eaten them before, and they were the major motivation behind my seemingly innocent pitch to review the somewhat recent addition to the Fairway Shops in Ka`anapali. Conflict of interest? Perhaps, but that’s a practical matter far less significant than the mystical combination of seafood and … [Read more...] about China Bowl