Singing about struggles, and rising above them
At about six feet tall and built like a bear, Nine Pound Hammer’s Ronnie “Velveeta” Walzer is exactly the kind of character you’d expect to be behind the bar at
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March 11, 2013 02:32 PM
Hawaii Polo Club to hold food and toy drive
November 13, 2012 09:09 AM
Slip-and-fall verdict largest ever in Hawaii
August 01, 2012 04:41 PM
Home sales down, prices up
Despite rising prices, now may be the time for buyers to buy.
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May 23, 2012 03:37 PM
Environmental exemptions opponents gather at the Capitol
Community activist Choon James said of providing exemptions to urban developers, “Sweetheart exemptions should only be between sweethearts.”
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April 09, 2012 02:01 PM
Donna Wong, Hawaii's Thousand Friends
Photo by Ikaika Hussey
All sides agree Bill 54 does little for Honolulu’s ‘homeless’ problem
December 08, 2011 09:47 AM
Opponents of Council Bill 54 commiserate after its passage Tuesday.
Photo by Jamie Winpenny
Christopher Deedy pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts
November 21, 2011 11:23 AM
A mugshot of federal agent Christopher Deedy, on trial for murder while in Hawaii for the APEC conference.
Mojo Barber Shop brings back the shave and haircut
November 16, 2011 12:39 PM
A shave and a haircut at Mojo Barber Shop make men happy.
APEC traffic woes can be avoided
November 10, 2011 04:41 PM
APEC motorcades will snarl Oahu traffic at times through the weekend.
Protestors march for justice for shooting victim, against APEC
November 08, 2011 05:53 PM
Protestors demand justice for shooting victim Kollin Elderts. The march to the Hawaii Convention Center begins at Old Stadium Park.
Oahu Fringe Festival comes to Chinatown this weekend
November 08, 2011 02:09 PM
The improvised musical comedy of Oil in the Alley will be among the many featured acts at Oahu Fringe.
Blog: Don’t DUI-it yourself
November 01, 2011 12:55 PM
Honolulu Police officers blend in with costumed police officers during the Hallowbaloo Music and Arts Festival in Chinatown this past Saturday.
Photo by Anna Carriveau
Consensus comes to City rail workshop in Kalihi
October 27, 2011 12:07 PM
Dozens gathered at Farrington High School Tuesday for a Transit Oriented Development workshop.
Photo by Jamie Winpenny
Chinatown business owners tackle growing concerns over First Fridays, street closures
October 20, 2011 12:07 PM
The Hallowbaloo Music and Arts Festival attracts thousands to Chinatown.
Photo by Kardan Photography
Blog: Expect some witty insight at Doris Duke’s ‘Brazil’ screening
October 12, 2011 03:44 PM
Jonathan Pryce in the 1985 classic
Brazil. Doris Duke Theatre will be screening the film's director's cut.
Seminal 90’s punk band Ira Hayes reunites in Honolulu
October 06, 2011 03:14 PM
Ira Hayes frontman Russell Roper.
Photo courtesy 808photovault.com.
Blog: A stranger in Las Vegas
October 04, 2011 05:33 PM
Journalist and musician Jamie Winpenny spent a week in Las Vegas performing with his band Doolin Rakes.
Big Island diver faces charges after reporting reef damage
September 23, 2011 04:11 PM
Aquarium reef diving can damage Hawaii reefs.
Photo by Brooke Landt
Lawsuit challenges property tax exemptions for native Hawaiians
September 20, 2011 12:49 PM
Panos Prevedouros doubts solar at Kalaeloa
September 13, 2011 03:58 PM
A concentrated solar panel power generating facility is planned at Kalaeloa.
APEC surveillance: Do we care?
September 07, 2011 01:30 PM
Public eyes, they're watching you.
Public Land Development Corporation faces long road
September 01, 2011 09:48 AM
Public lands like those at Kaena Point on Oahu could be targeted for development by the Public Land Development Corporation.
While reasons for homeschooling vary, concern for our children’s future remains constant
August 25, 2011 10:13 AM
A homeschool project shared by
The Armstrong family homeschools its school-aged children.
Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent comes to Honolulu
August 11, 2011 12:20 PM
Rhonda Vincent and her mandolin.
Photo by Amy Miller
Community efforts bring KAUPA mural, Kalihi spirit to life
August 04, 2011 01:00 PM
The mural at Kalihi Waena Elementary along Kalihi Stream captures the history and hearts of the surrounding community.
Solar energy initiatives spur industry growth in Hawaii
July 22, 2011 11:38 AM
A 236kW PV system installed atop the Kalanimoku State Building. In photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar cells convert the sun's energy directly into electricity. A common example of PV is a solar cell on a solar-powered calculator.
Photo by State of Hawaii
Monumental mural honors Hawaiian legacy of water stewardship
July 08, 2011 01:57 PM
A mural unveiled at Honolulu Community College sends a global message of water use.
Murphy’s Bar & Grill supports ‘Scotch, Stogies, and Slippahs’
July 07, 2011 01:41 PM
40-year-old Kumu Kahua Theatre on Merchant Street.
Honolulu Surf Film Fest at Honolulu Academy of Arts celebrates Hawaii’s gift to the world
July 06, 2011 12:32 PM
Hawaii surfer and women's world rankings leader Carissa Moore.
Land Use Commission keeps Ho‘opili development plans alive
June 30, 2011 02:35 PM
Supporters of preserving Hawaii's ag land packed a Land Use Commission meeting on Thursday, June 30.
Photo by The Hawaii Independent Staff
City Council overrides Mayor Carlisle vetoes
June 27, 2011 01:57 PM
Venus Vibe Trap features local songwriters at Bar 35
June 21, 2011 01:42 PM
ORGANIX is the house band for Venus Vibe Trap at Bar 35.
Blog: Confessions of a non-foodie
June 20, 2011 01:24 PM
A humble herb garden of rosemary, chilis, dill, and basil is plenty to flavor meals at home.
Photo by Jamie Winpenny
Local greens on the menu need water from Oahu’s streams
June 17, 2011 04:12 PM
The crystal clear waters of Waianu Stream, a tributary of Waiahole Stream, are decorated by pink impatiens, yellow kukui leaves, and green swordtail and hoio ferns.
Black Square celebrates release of fourth album
June 16, 2011 10:24 AM
Black Square is back.
Hallowbaloo Music Showcase returns to The Arts at Mark’s Garage Friday
June 13, 2011 01:09 PM
Mike Love will perform at the Hallowbaloo Music Showcase Friday
John Ferguson, beloved Irish publican, is mourned by friends and family
June 06, 2011 04:26 PM
John "Fergie" Ferguson.
City Council to convene Friday for third reading of key bills
June 01, 2011 04:26 PM
Council Zoning Committee to meet on divisive Laie development
May 30, 2011 10:20 AM
Construction could become a fixture in Laie.
Singer-songwriter James McCarthy to present the music of John Denver at The Venue Friday
May 27, 2011 12:14 PM
James McCarthy performing
Donation may preserve last specimen of endangered wild gardenia
May 25, 2011 03:19 PM
Above: Hawaiian gardenia
Below: Hawaiian Springs Chairman & CEO Rick Hadley (left) and Regional Manager Clarence Sakamoto (right), present a check to Mililani residents Susan Ching, Oahu PEP Coordinator, and Yumi Miyata, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership Representative.
Complaint aims to stall City rail plans
May 13, 2011 10:40 AM
Above: An image of what the proposed Honolulu Rail Transit project would look like at King Street and University Avenue. Courtesy Photo Below: Plaintiffs at Thursday's press conference. Photo by Jamie Winpenny
E Malama I Ke Kai Ocean Festival returns to Kapiolani Park Saturday
May 12, 2011 12:37 PM
Hawaii Book and Music Festival celebrates story, song
May 12, 2011 10:57 AM
The Hawaii Book and Music Festival at the Honolulu municipal grounds (between Honolulu Hale and the Frank F. Fasi Building) in 2007.
KAUPA, Kokua Kalihi Valley partner to restore Kalihi Stream at nature park
May 10, 2011 03:29 PM
KAUPA volunteers clean Kalihi Stream
City Council committee to meet Thursday, May 12 on rail budget, funding
May 10, 2011 02:00 PM
An artists rendering of the proposed rail system in Downtown Honolulu
City transit funding bills meet resistance
May 02, 2011 01:42 PM
A projected look of rail in Downtown.
Busy week for indie music in Honolulu
April 25, 2011 02:33 PM
Ska journeyman Chris Murray
Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts faces budget slash
April 19, 2011 11:55 AM
Slack key master Stephen Inglis at Ward’s Rafters Saturday
April 14, 2011 11:59 AM
Stephen Inglis in the recording studio.
Laughtrack Theater Company graduates a new generation of Hawaii improv
April 14, 2011 08:39 AM
Laughtrack Theater Company's Children's Program teaches students not just the secrets to comedy, but also positivity, critical thinking, and self-confidence.
NextDoor’s ‘Broadcast 420’ to feature Black Square, Pimpbot on April 20
April 13, 2011 04:15 PM
L.A. indie pop group CiTY CiTY to perform at SoHo April 29
April 13, 2011 12:06 PM
City City from Los Angeles
Cost of living set to rise at City budget meeting Wednesday
April 08, 2011 10:42 PM
Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson added to ‘Kokua for Japan’ concert billing
April 08, 2011 09:53 AM
Willie Nelson at a rally for then-gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie in August.
Council Budget Committee to act on budget, taxes
April 07, 2011 12:01 PM
Hundreds rally in union solidarity for MLK’s memory at Hawaii’s Capitol
April 04, 2011 05:54 PM
Hundreds gathered at the Hawaii AFl-CIO solidarity rally around the State Capitol rotunda on the afternoon of Monday, April 4.
Photo by Margot Seeto
JUMP! bounds into Hawaii Theatre with family-style martial arts comedy
April 04, 2011 02:24 PM
Jason Tabosa’s Venus Vibe Trap ushers in open mic innovation at Bar 35
March 24, 2011 12:27 PM
Jazz and world music guru Jason Tabosa and friends re-imagine the open-mic setting.
Council Committee on Executive Matters likely to refuse Council salary hike
March 24, 2011 12:22 PM
Secular liturgy at the City Council
March 16, 2011 06:28 PM
The front doors of Honolulu Hale.
Photo by Joel Bradshaw
Speak out on Honolulu City and County budget, fees, and taxes
March 15, 2011 10:52 AM
A view of Honolulu Hale in Downtown.
Photo by Joel Bradshaw
Kalihi nonprofit faces dissolution in funding crunch
March 10, 2011 10:56 AM
Above: Volunteers from Kanu Hawaii lend hands at a KAUPA stream cleanup last year. Below: Local artists are collaborating with Kalihi's youth to paint murals along Kalihi stream. Courtesy Photos
City Council to consider property tax relief, North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan
March 09, 2011 09:05 AM
An aerial view of Honolulu and the International Airport. The large green area to the left of the H-1 is the Navy-Marine Golf Course.
Mardis Gras Street Festival to flood Chinatown with song, samba, and style
March 08, 2011 03:00 PM
The streets of Chinatown were filled with people getting down at last year's Mardis Gras Street Festival.
My de-pantsing as a professional musician
March 07, 2011 02:19 PM
Hawaii Professional Football League brings blue collar dedication to the field
March 04, 2011 06:31 AM
Above: Try-outs for the Hawaii Professional Football League. The real deal kicks off Friday at Aloha Stadium. Photo by HPFL Below: Co-owners Danny Dolan, right, and Jay Niebuhr, left, celebrate their grand opening two years ago with family and friends.
Kanu Hawaii to examine State budget at the Capitol Thursday
March 03, 2011 09:44 AM
Rail debate causes conflict in key City appointment
February 24, 2011 03:34 PM
Members of the Honolulu City Council debate rail at Wednesday's hearing at Honolulu Hale.
Ska legend English Beat to play SoHo Mixed Media Bar with Go Jimmy Go
February 24, 2011 09:03 AM
Dave Wakeling's American version of The English Beat, live at Club Nokia, LA Live. Los Angeles, California. 31 July 2009.
Photo by Mykal Burns
DJ Mark Farina to spin ‘Mushroom Jazz’ at Nextdoor Friday
February 17, 2011 02:18 PM
Anti-sex trafficking bill clears House Human Services Committee
February 17, 2011 01:15 PM
Supporters of anti-sex trafficking legislation mobilized at the State Capitol on opening day of the 2011 Legislative Session.
Photos by Rachel Ballard
Hawaiian Humane Society to begin teen outreach in Kalihi
February 16, 2011 03:19 PM
New York Times features upswing in tourism arrivals to Hawaii
February 16, 2011 09:58 AM
Makiki Neighborhood Board proposes decorative bus stops to deter graffiti
February 15, 2011 01:14 PM
Kumu Kahua Theater to feature ‘The Holiday of Rain’ in March
February 11, 2011 04:54 PM
Liliha Nuuanu Candlelight Tour embarks across historic sites
February 11, 2011 02:18 PM
Nuuanu Neighborhood Board talks firecrackers, Chromium VI contamination
February 10, 2011 04:57 PM
Comment: Bill allowing smoking permits for bars stomped, business rights trampled
February 10, 2011 08:40 AM
Several bars throughout Hawaii leave ashtrays in their establishments for people who wish to smoke indoors, despite the smoking ban.
Photo by Stefan-Xp
Kalihi Valley Neighborhood Board discusses roads, rubbish, rail
February 03, 2011 05:34 PM
The Deadbeats headline free First Friday concert at Nextdoor
February 03, 2011 05:24 PM
The Deadbeats formed midway through 2007 and are pretty much true to their name. They drink and jam and beg for change. With a charismatic, neighborly optimistic approach on life combined with Jazzy-hip-hopy-funky-rocky-super-dopetronical beats and charmingly lucid lyrics the Deadbeats will be the last to take themselves seriously, but seriously take you.
Go Jimmy Go to make things hot at the Mercury Bar
February 01, 2011 12:32 PM
Ska legends Go Jimmy Go are still keeping Hawaii skanking after all these years.
Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano blasts rail plans
February 01, 2011 10:14 AM
Former Gov. Ben Cayetano leads a press conference at Honolulu Hale against heavy elevated rail transit.
Photo by Jamie Winpenny
Art After Dark shows the bunny
January 28, 2011 07:54 AM
‘Irish Times’ gives Oahu tourism a glowing review
January 26, 2011 06:57 PM
Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings historic melodies to Hawaii Theatre
January 26, 2011 11:49 AM
Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert at Ravinia in 2006.
Photo by Stephen Neilson
Commission defers action on petition to dissolve Koolauloa Neighborhood Board
January 25, 2011 01:17 PM
The members of Koolauloa's Neighborhood Board No. 28.
Downbeat lights the way for Downtown’s daytime clock-punchers and night owl industry folks
January 21, 2011 09:37 AM
Downbeat Diner & Lounge is a welcome point of light for Downtown's busiest workers.
Photos by Jamie Winpenny
Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery rallies strong, ready to see anti-trafficking laws pass
January 20, 2011 12:41 PM
On Opening Day, the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) organized a show of support for anti trafficking legislation in the 2011 Legislative Session.
Courtesy Photos, Gallery Photos by Rachel Ballard
Blues legend B.B. King to perform at Blaisdell Arena
January 18, 2011 01:46 PM
B.B. King in concert in France in 1989.
Photo by Roland Godefroy
Laughtrack Theater hosts monthly open mic, brings a supportive audience
January 18, 2011 01:42 PM
Oahu makes New York Times list of places to see in 2011
January 18, 2011 01:37 PM
Egyptologist Lanney Bell to speak at Doris Duke Theater
January 13, 2011 06:09 AM
Downtown’s Not Just Desserts opens with fresh, locally sourced meals and desserts
January 13, 2011 05:02 AM
Not Just Desserts delicious lemon poppy cake.
Photo by Jamie Winpenny
Chinatown gears up for Chinese New Year celebrations
January 12, 2011 09:35 AM
Country and folk legends to perform at Hawaiian Brian’s to benefit junior lifeguards
January 11, 2011 03:08 PM
Cherry Blossom Cabaret brings its ‘Academy of Tease’ to The Arts at Marks Garage
January 10, 2011 02:58 PM
CherryBlossom Cabaret has been strutting their stuff while coordinating closely with Honolulu's small businesses since 2006.
Friends of Saint Patrick to welcome Irish Consul General to Honolulu
January 06, 2011 12:57 PM
Hale Kakoo Alzheimer’s Respite Center still awaiting permitting
January 06, 2011 12:53 PM
Downtown Neighborhood Board discusses crime, rail, member eligibility
January 05, 2011 03:55 PM