“REVO (short for revolution), is a movement based on the concept of love. It reminds us to think beyond ourselves and gives every person the opportunity to help make the world a better place. But most important, REVO teaches us to love – not out of pity or to gain recognition – but to love for the sake of love.” -startarevo.org
Matt Bruening. Heard the name? If you’ve been in or around the art scene at all, then you probably have. Or maybe you’ve just seen the clothes. Think high waisted pants, plaid jumpers, retro print headbands, leather obis, furry hats… ring a bell? Maybe you’ve seen him, then. A local boy in a simple, black V-neck, and a nice pair of jeans with a contagious smile, bubbly personality, and posse of beautiful models. If you still don’t know who I’m talking about, then don’t sweat it, because you will soon. Matt Bruening, Honolulu’s next up and coming fashion designer, is launching a new line in Spring 2010. From the sound of it, it’s going to be just like him: fierce yet accessible. Exactly what Hawaii loves. (more…)
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…)