Led Zeppelin and Don Ho. Gentle Hawaiian music standards stretched out with 10-minute long virtuoso licks on a ukulele. A young Polynesian woman who, at the tender age of 20, has performed before audiences for 15 years.
How hard is it to define Taimane Gardner? Don’t try.
Tai, as she’s known to her growing legion of fans in Hawaii and around the Pacific, can’t be defined by genre or gender. An old pro at a young age, she’d be happy to be called an accomplished performer.
With two albums, Taimane is redefining the possibilities of Hawaiian music and the ukulele. Like local boy Jake Shimabukuro, the breakthrough ukulele sensation who has appeared on national television in the U.S. and Japan, Tai Gardner is re-conceptualizing the ukulele. (more…)
‘Am I in for a ride?’ That’s the question that you should ask yourself before you decide to see The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam. I had assumed that it would be that kind of movie when I went to go see the preview showing of it at HIFF yesterday night, but I don’t think I fully realized the intensity of it. Mind you, however, this could possibly be largely attributed to the fact that I might have…well…gotten locked in the fire escape while trying to beat the elevator traffic at the theater and ended up sitting in the second row with my neck cranked back, with no choice but to let the pretty colors and bright lights take over me.
The Imaginarium is a must see for any Heath Ledger fan, of course, and also for any Alice in Wonderland/Across the Universe general trippy movie lover. If you’re looking for a solid story filled with character depth and real-life drama, it’s not the movie for you. But if you’re looking for a fantastic world filled with beautiful costumes, brilliant green screen, and Gorgeous Men (Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell in the same movie. Is this heaven?) then please, step right up! (more…)
Remember when I said that I love all HIFF movies? I lied. Today, for the first time I saw a HIFF movie that I really just didn’t like. It was Bombay Summer, an American Immigrant feature about three Indian friends living in Bombay. It started off all right but even from the beginning the movie was dragging and it just seemed to get slower and slower as it went. I’m pretty sure that the first half of the movie could be condensed into a 6 minute montage. The only thing likable about any of the characters was that the leading actress in it was pretty. Other than that I didn’t care much for any of them. On top of this, the film didn’t seem to be able to focus on anything as far as the story and also the cinematography. I was definitely shifting in my seat. To top it off, after sitting in the theater for what seemed like days, the movie ended terribly.
I’m a sucker for HIFF movies. I love em all. I love the experience of being involved in the festival… the winding lines, the $11 tickets… no, no, I mean the crowds of artsy people all gathered to see INDIE films. That’s what I mean. Sadly, this year I’m really busy so I don’t have time to see too many. So, I’ve seen one so far and it was Amreeka.
Amreeka is about an Arabic Mother and son who are given the opportunity to move to America from the Palestinian territories in Israel. As they make the move, and are staying with the sister’s family, the Iraq war breaks out. That’s when Muna, the mother, and Fadi, the son, realize that maybe moving to America wasn’t such a good idea. Just because of how they look and speak, they have to deal with intense racism and although Muna has two degrees and ten years experience in banking, she ends up working at White Castle.
I don’t know about you, but I was one of those kids who read Where The Wild Things Are over and over again… and then proceeded to rumpus wildly. So I was also one of those people who were really overly excited to see this movie. I must say, it was not at all what I expected. First of all, the movie was marketed as a children’s movie and was not at all a children’s movie. In fact, it had well developed characters dealing with real relationship issues, that a family might deal with. The story line was somewhat simple, but that’s what made it so good. It was a simple story with distinct characters, done well, just like the story book. (That’s one of the only ways it was like the story book.) (more…)
Kaimuki has definitely got to be one of my favorite places on the island. It’s cozy, it’s cute, and it’s got great places to eat. Reflecting, restaurants are usually what determine how much I like a place… Anyways, there’s just a lot of good stuff there. I like to try and keep visiting the places that I love to see how they are doing. So, I thought I would tell you what I thought about my recent food ventures in K-town.