Jamie Winpenny

Honolulu Editor
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 Anna O’Brien’s, a venue that has been home to all manner of misfits for more than 40 years: bikers, hippies, eccentric academics, and professional musicians. Read More »

Hawaii Polo Club to hold food and toy drive Slip-and-fall verdict largest ever in Hawaii Home sales down, prices up

Despite rising prices, now may be the time for buyers to buy. Read More »

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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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Donna Wong, Hawaii's Thousand Friends
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All sides agree Bill 54 does little for Honolulu’s ‘homeless’ problem
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
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
A shave and a haircut at Mojo Barber Shop make men happy.
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APEC traffic woes can be avoided
APEC motorcades will snarl Oahu traffic at times through the weekend.
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Protestors march for justice for shooting victim, against APEC
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
The improvised musical comedy of Oil in the Alley will be among the many featured acts at Oahu Fringe.
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Blog: Don’t DUI-it yourself
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
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
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
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
Ira Hayes frontman Russell Roper.
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Blog: A stranger in Las Vegas
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
Aquarium reef diving can damage Hawaii reefs.
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Lawsuit challenges property tax exemptions for native Hawaiians Panos Prevedouros doubts solar at Kalaeloa
A concentrated solar panel power generating facility is planned at Kalaeloa.
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APEC surveillance: Do we care?
Public eyes, they're watching you.
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Public Land Development Corporation faces long road
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
Above: A homeschool project shared by Homeschool Creations. Below: The Armstrong family homeschools its school-aged children. Courtesy Photo
Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent comes to Honolulu
Rhonda Vincent and her mandolin. Photo by Amy Miller
Community efforts bring KAUPA mural, Kalihi spirit to life
The mural at Kalihi Waena Elementary along Kalihi Stream captures the history and hearts of the surrounding community. Courtesy Photos
Solar energy initiatives spur industry growth in Hawaii
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
A mural unveiled at Honolulu Community College sends a global message of water use.
Murphy’s Bar & Grill supports ‘Scotch, Stogies, and Slippahs’
40-year-old Kumu Kahua Theatre on Merchant Street. Courtesy Photo
Honolulu Surf Film Fest at Honolulu Academy of Arts celebrates Hawaii’s gift to the world
Hawaii surfer and women's world rankings leader Carissa Moore.
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Land Use Commission keeps Ho‘opili development plans alive
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 Venus Vibe Trap features local songwriters at Bar 35
ORGANIX is the house band for Venus Vibe Trap at Bar 35.
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Blog: Confessions of a non-foodie
A humble herb garden of rosemary, chilis, dill, and basil is plenty to flavor meals at home.
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Local greens on the menu need water from Oahu’s streams
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. Photo from HawaiianForest.com
Black Square celebrates release of fourth album
Black Square is back.
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Hallowbaloo Music Showcase returns to The Arts at Mark’s Garage Friday
Mike Love will perform at the Hallowbaloo Music Showcase Friday
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John Ferguson, beloved Irish publican, is mourned by friends and family
John "Fergie" Ferguson.
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City Council to convene Friday for third reading of key bills
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Council Zoning Committee to meet on divisive Laie development
Construction could become a fixture in Laie.
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Singer-songwriter James McCarthy to present the music of John Denver at The Venue Friday
James McCarthy performing
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Donation may preserve last specimen of endangered wild gardenia
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.
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Complaint aims to stall City rail plans
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
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Hawaii Book and Music Festival celebrates story, song
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
KAUPA volunteers clean Kalihi Stream
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City Council committee to meet Thursday, May 12 on rail budget, funding
An artists rendering of the proposed rail system in Downtown Honolulu
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City transit funding bills meet resistance
A projected look of rail in Downtown.
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Busy week for indie music in Honolulu
Ska journeyman Chris Murray
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Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts faces budget slash Slack key master Stephen Inglis at Ward’s Rafters Saturday
Stephen Inglis in the recording studio. Courtesy Photo
Laughtrack Theater Company graduates a new generation of Hawaii improv
Laughtrack Theater Company's Children's Program teaches students not just the secrets to comedy, but also positivity, critical thinking, and self-confidence. Courtesy Photos
NextDoor’s ‘Broadcast 420’ to feature Black Square, Pimpbot on April 20
Black Square
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L.A. indie pop group CiTY CiTY to perform at SoHo April 29
City City from Los Angeles
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Cost of living set to rise at City budget meeting Wednesday Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson added to ‘Kokua for Japan’ concert billing
Willie Nelson at a rally for then-gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie in August. Photo from StillisStillMoving.com
Council Budget Committee to act on budget, taxes Hundreds rally in union solidarity for MLK’s memory at Hawaii’s Capitol
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 Jason Tabosa’s Venus Vibe Trap ushers in open mic innovation at Bar 35
Jazz and world music guru Jason Tabosa and friends re-imagine the open-mic setting. Courtesy Photo
Council Committee on Executive Matters likely to refuse Council salary hike Secular liturgy at the City Council
The front doors of Honolulu Hale. Photo by Joel Bradshaw
Speak out on Honolulu City and County budget, fees, and taxes
A view of Honolulu Hale in Downtown. Photo by Joel Bradshaw
Kalihi nonprofit faces dissolution in funding crunch
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
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
The streets of Chinatown were filled with people getting down at last year's Mardis Gras Street Festival. Kardan Photography
My de-pantsing as a professional musician Hawaii Professional Football League brings blue collar dedication to the field
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 Rail debate causes conflict in key City appointment
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
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 Anti-sex trafficking bill clears House Human Services Committee
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 New York Times features upswing in tourism arrivals to Hawaii Makiki Neighborhood Board proposes decorative bus stops to deter graffiti Kumu Kahua Theater to feature ‘The Holiday of Rain’ in March Liliha Nuuanu Candlelight Tour embarks across historic sites Nuuanu Neighborhood Board talks firecrackers, Chromium VI contamination Comment: Bill allowing smoking permits for bars stomped, business rights trampled
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 The Deadbeats headline free First Friday concert at Nextdoor
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. Courtesy Photo
Go Jimmy Go to make things hot at the Mercury Bar
Ska legends Go Jimmy Go are still keeping Hawaii skanking after all these years. Courtesy Photo
Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano blasts rail plans
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 ‘Irish Times’ gives Oahu tourism a glowing review Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings historic melodies to Hawaii Theatre
Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert at Ravinia in 2006. Photo by Stephen Neilson
Commission defers action on petition to dissolve Koolauloa Neighborhood Board
The members of Koolauloa's Neighborhood Board No. 28. Courtesy Photo
Downbeat lights the way for Downtown’s daytime clock-punchers and night owl industry folks
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
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
B.B. King in concert in France in 1989.
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Laughtrack Theater hosts monthly open mic, brings a supportive audience Oahu makes New York Times list of places to see in 2011 Egyptologist Lanney Bell to speak at Doris Duke Theater Downtown’s Not Just Desserts opens with fresh, locally sourced meals and desserts
Not Just Desserts delicious lemon poppy cake.
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Chinatown gears up for Chinese New Year celebrations Country and folk legends to perform at Hawaiian Brian’s to benefit junior lifeguards Cherry Blossom Cabaret brings its ‘Academy of Tease’ to The Arts at Marks Garage
CherryBlossom Cabaret has been strutting their stuff while coordinating closely with Honolulu's small businesses since 2006.
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Friends of Saint Patrick to welcome Irish Consul General to Honolulu Hale Kakoo Alzheimer’s Respite Center still awaiting permitting Downtown Neighborhood Board discusses crime, rail, member eligibility