Kailua Menswear Shop Gloriously Defies All (Lack of) Hawaii Fashion Sensibility

One writer's rant on how a barrage of uninspired experiences paved the way for a glimmer of hope in a small town beach boutique. 

This is a little tale about how one writer (a) moved to a little sliver of paradise in the midst of a very, very large ocean, (b) learned quickly to appreciate all things “island style”—the relaxed fashion in which everything is served/worn/executed, (c) after a decade of island living began to long for some sense of reform in the elegance of everyday occurrences, only to be besodden with example upon example of how a (warning: sweeping statement follows) simple-minded culture refuses to evolve, stylistically, and (d) ultimately found a glimmer of hope in a tiny, backstreet menswear shop in a Windward beach town. Recline your seat and enjoy the read/rant.

Legendary Sax Player Gabe Baltazar on Worldwide Radio Show

Once in a great while, some magic happens in this business. That is, in the sharing of great stories with the readership of B on Hawaii. Here’s the latest example: Working on a story for a local publication, we recently caught up with legendary saxophone player, Gabe Baltazar. For those who don’t know: Baltazar was born in Hilo, reared between there and Honolulu, raised through the war torn early half of the 20th Century. His father was a performer; so it was a natural fit when Baltazar began playing for (and rather quickly, with) the biggest names in jazz that passed through Honolulu en route to war arenas to boost the spirits of troops. After being recruited into Stan Kenton’s band and touring the world alongside the likes of Gillespie, Parker and the rest, Baltazar returned home to cultivate the Hawaiian jazz scene.

Five Years Later...

Five years.
This is precisely, to the week, how long we here at B on Hawai‘i have churned out interesting and relevant twice-per-month newsletters to our incredibly loyal (and ever-expanding) readership. Although we're not much for self-congratulatory sentiment, the passage of so much time is still pretty hard to believe.

Foodie Fete Unfolds Under the Stars

It’s that time of year again: The 11th annual Taste of Kapolei is an outdoor food and wine frenzy on Oahu’s leeward coast that features the cuisine of dozens of island chefs. With live entertainment under the stars and tastings of wine not typically attainable through public channels, the “Taste” commences on Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.

Oahu's Biggest Summer Tailgate Party Rolls On

With back-to-back events in Mokuleia and Waimanalo, there's plenty of POLO to go around

There are few things that typify the feeling of summer more so than taking in a Sunday polo match on O`ahu’s North Shore.

Wailea Restaurant Week: Get Out and Imbibe

Maui Food Bank Benefit Gives You a Chance to Sample High-end Eats at Prix-Fixe Prices

If you need an excuse to get out and eat on Maui, then here it is: Restaurant Week is back at Wailea, and the deals abound between Sunday, May 23 and Saturday, May 29, 2010. In addition, a portion of every prix-fixe menu at the sixteen participating restaurants will go towards feeding the hungry at Maui Food Bank.

Board Meetings: Triple Crown Exec Director Randy Rarick Talks

This Savvy Surf Legend Talks with B About The Evolution of Competitive Surf

For over 25 years, surf legend Randy Rarick has wrangled adrenaline-charged surfers, international crowds and a litany of corporate sponsors to bring us the Triple Crown of Surfing—the most important series of surf contests on the globe.

Polo Season: Hawaii's Biggest Tailgate Party, Improved

Sunday, March 21, marks the opening day of Hawaii's polo season. In true island style, this year's Hawaii Polo Club has upped the ante with an improved clubhouse, more food and beverage vendors during match play, and an energetic half-time and post-match entertainment line-up.

Bad Betty on Wheels: Roller Derby Season Kicks Off

Roller Derby is back! On the heels of Drew Barrymore's feature film, Whip It, and a resurgence in all-things-retro, womens roller derby season hit Honolulu hard on March 6th at the outdoor roller hockey rink at Kamiloiki Community Park at the corner of Hawaii Kai Drive and Lunalillo Home Road. The event is free to the public, although donations are greatly appreciated.

New Cafe Spotlights Local, Sustainable Goods

Michael Zhang's Blue Hawaii Cafe to Expand Worldwide

As most retailers strive to remain open during these waning "hunker down" months, Michael Zhang has taken Blue Hawaii LifeStyle Café to unprecedented heights. This month, he opens a second location, at 1111 Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu, while plans for a third store, to open in San Francisco—are slated for May 2010.

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