Barb Forsyth

Kaimuki Editor

Barbara Hanson Forsyth moved to Oahu from New York City in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the island - its people, beauty, and way of life. She has spent the majority of her adult life working with and writing about art and material culture and is excited to return to this passion after three rewarding years of being a co-owner and instructor for Stroller Strides Honolulu.  Besides chasing after her two young daughters, Barb enjoys running races, surfing, dancing, cooking and music.

Next stop, Taiwan: ‘The Beautiful Island’ is paradise for travelers of all types

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The National Palace Museum in Taipei.
Diamond Head Theatre blasts off with a Shooting Stars Christmas Kaimuki Christmas Parade continues to deliver old fashioned charm and fun
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle waves to parade spectators at the Kaimuki Christmas Parade.
Black Square and The Gods of HiFi light up the night at KCC’s Pau Hana Jam Kuliouou/Kalani Iki and McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Boards to talk sewers, CIPs Hawaii State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ leaps back into Mamiya Theatre
Each year, Hawaii State Ballet showcases its younger talent in a production of The Nutcracker.
Manoa Neighborhood Board to discuss tax treatment of historic properties December 2: The annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade returns to Waialae Avenue Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board to discuss ag future of Kamilonui Valley tonight Researchers to follow Hawaii children’s diets, surroundings in historic national health study
Children finish hearing a story from a book during Wahiawa's "Tell Me a Story" event in 2009.
‘Little Women’ tell their story through song at Diamond Head Theatre
Jo, the aspiring writer, fascinates her sisters with her wild stories.
Diamond Head Neighborhood Board to discuss ‘Homeless Ten Year Plan’ November 18: Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board to meet discuss shoreline setback Kaimuki Neighborhood Board to discuss road widening project Rock the tanks with Makana in support of the Friends of Waikiki Aquarium Bike School Bus to participate in this year’s Hawaii Kai Holiday Parade November 13: Friends of the Aina Haina Library book sale supports buying of new books, supplies ‘Elder Fraud, An Explosion in Hawaii’ seeks to educate Hawaii’s seniors on prevention
Financial scams are an often overlooked form of elder abuse.
A concerned community rallies to perpetuate Queen Liliuokalani’s legacy in Kaimuki
The mural of Queen Liliuokalani is a visible landmark from the street and was a student project to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the school's dedication.
Left turn lane to get onto the freeway finally comes to Harding Avenue

Don't hold your breath, the process of building them will take 11 months Read More »

Lots of work is set for Harding Avenue in Kaimuki. Good news is that they're installing left turn lanes to get onto the freeway and free up some drivers from waiting in line.
‘India through girls’ eyes’ looks at the unique role of girls and women in eliminating poverty
Punam Self Portrait
Waikiki and Palolo neighborhood boards to meet this week Kaimuki High School seniors get Earth-conscious at Eco Fair this weekend College student? Get your art on for free at the Contemporary Museum this Saturday McCully-Moiliili Neighborhood Board meeting to discuss government accountability Kuliouou/Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board to discuss shopping center renovations, sewer work Blog: Polling snapshot at Waialae Elementary School in Kaimuki, 8:45 a.m.
Not even a five minute wait at the polls after the initial morning rush.
UH Pacific New Media to discuss filmmaking from a Kanaka Maoli point of view
From Kekohi, a film about the son of a warrior-king who is selected to be the royal court's message runner during the early to mid-17th century.
Kanikapila celebrates Kaimuki’s independent, small businesses and vibrant neighborhood peeps
Everything we love about Kaimuki spills out onto the streets for a day full of family fun each year.
Kahala Mall offers a safe trick-or-treating alternative for keiki Blog: Adam Lambert simply rocks at the Blaisdell
Your author (right) and friend Hazel Eckles get their "groupie" on meeting Adam Lambert backstage.
‘The Framed Guests’ provokes, disorients, and satisfies lovers of conceptual art
Above: (Left to right) Wei Fang of Interisland Terminal, Heather Rowe, and Jaimey Hamilton of UH Intersections. Below:The Framed Guests by Heather Rowe.
‘Cheap Eats’ television show to feature Kaimuki’s own BC Burrito State House District 20 incumbent Calvin Say answers your questions State Senate District 9 incumbent Les Ihara answers your questions Unique costume rental at Diamond Head Theatre lets Halloween-folk kick it up a notch Senate District 10 candidate Eric B. Marshall answers your questions October 21: Waialae/Kahala Neighborhood Board to present rail, General Election candidates Kaimuki Neighborhood Board to discuss saving Queen Liliuokalani School State House District 22 candidate Greg Cuadra answers your questions Halloween Week at Sea Life Park offers an ocean of fun
The Dolphin Show at The Cove in Sea Life Park happens 12:30 p.m. daily.
Side Street Inn on Da Strip offers same ono grinds in spiffier digs
Above: Side Street Inn on Da Strip on a UH football game night. Below: The family gets cozy.
Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau wants to shred your documents

Recycle old cell phones, destroy CDs and floppy disks for "Secure Your ID Day" Read More »

Baby aWEARness: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate… October 17: Kaimuki Library presents ‘Flight without Wings’ Fashion: Calling on ‘Project Runway’ fans!

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23-year-old Waianae designer Andy South hard at work in an episode of Project Runway.
Diamond Head Neighborhood Board to discuss BOE constitutional amendment tonight Ilima Awards gala honors Oahu’s restaurants with heaps of hedonistic fun
Natalie Pitre happily accepts a plate of braised beef short ribs from 3660 on the rise.
Diamond Head Theatre holding auditions for ‘Little Women, The Broadway Musical’ Palolo Neighborhood Board to discuss Hawaii’s Children First and BOE constitutional amendment October 12: Waikiki Neighborhood Board meeting includes candidate forum

Candidates Tom Brower, Tom White, Stanley Chang, and Richard Turbin will be on hand Read More »

Hawaii Home Harvest is a fresh take on the ancient art of gleaning
Above: Immature mangos starting to appear on a mango tree. Too often, once the mangos ripen, they fall to the ground in our yards without ever being eaten. Below: Aaron Brown talks story about Hawaii Home Harvest.
Diamond Head Theatre holding auditions for ‘Little Women’ Blog: There really is no substitute for hearing a candidate in person

Hanabusa is more than she comes across in her campaign Read More »

Colleen Hanabusa speaks at a Kahala Business Association and Kaimuki Business and Professional Association luncheon.
‘O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music’: Musician Patrick Ball brings Ireland’s greatest to life Manoa, McCully, and Kuliouou Neighborhood Board meetings this week Mini film and lecture series on food, agriculture, and democracy starts tonight Diamond Head Theatre’s ‘Crazy For You’ breathes fresh life into a classic musical
Above: Front, left to right -- Leiney Rigg (Sheila), Lydia Pusateri (Margie), Hannah Olson (Betsy), NYC guest artist David Spangenthal (Bobby Child) and Natalie Uehara (Tess). Back, left to right -- Ayana Freeman (Susie), Yvonne Yanagihara Goss (Mitzi), Caryn Yee (Vera) and Chloe Am. Below: Spangenthal (Bobby Child) disguised as Bela Zangler, makes his arrival on Main Street, Deadrock, Nevada. Bottom: Bobby Child in his Bela Zangler disguise, in the saloon next to Tony Young, the real Bela Zangler.
The Silk Road was paved with chill grooves and good eats

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Dancers of all ages shaked their bellies on The Silk Road at September's ARTafterDARK party.
Friends of Hawaii Kai Public Library hosts book sale this weekend September 24: Art After Dark ‘Beauty and the Beast’ brings Broadway to the Blaisdell World Paddle Expo gets international community paddling in unison
Above: Elite paddlers Patrick and Ryan Dolan. Below: Members of the Hawaii Canoe and Kayak Team train year-round.
Kaimuki High School hosting blood drive today Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting tonight features candidate forum Take the Kanu Hawaii challenge to eat locally grown food for ‘Eat Local Week’ Eco-chic buys have washed up at Kaimuki’s Drift boutique
Drift is located at 3434 Waialae Ave., Suite 4, Honolulu and is open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cinema Italiano comes to Kahala Mall this weekend Historic KCC Chapel to get a much needed face lift
Above: KCC Chapel is a familiar site across from the entrance to Diamond Head. Below: Taiko drums can be heard coming from the chapel regularly into the night. Bottom: The chapel is suffering from serious termite damage.
The Contemporary Museum Ninth Biennial showcases a wide range of modern Hawaii art ‘The State of the Web’ (and geek romance)

Greg Rewis and Stephanie Sullivan Rewis come to UH Read More »

Greg Rewis and Stephanie Sullivan Rewis live-tweeted their wedding on Twitter.
Diamond Head Theatre offers two special workshops with Broadway performer David Spangenthal
Shawna Lynn and David Spangenthal performing in Beauty and the Beast.
Restaurants island-wide synchronize to help feed Hawaii’s seniors

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A Lanakila Meals on Wheels volunteer delivers a nutritious meal. A program of Lanakila Pacific, Lanakila Meals on Wheels started in 1971, and today is Hawaii’s largest and only island-wide meal provider for seniors. Founded in 1939, Lanakila Pacific is a unique Hawaii-based, non-profit organization that serves thousands of Oahu residents annually with programs that build life skills, which in turn support the greater community.
September 18: Kamea Hadar opening at Manifest
Mahiai (detail) by Kamea Hadar.
Blog: Aloha, ‘As the World Turns’

Generations old, the daytime soap finally comes to a close Read More »

Generations old, "As the World Turns" finally comes to a close.
September 18: Waikiki Aquarium to host inaugural literacy event

Expect storytellers, costumed characters, and mythological creatures Read More »

A Hawaiian monk seal at the Waikiki Aquarium.
Kaimuki’s HUGS reaches families across Hawaii
Above: Celebration of Life 2010, at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Below: Children from different families meet and come together through the HUGS program.
God save the Queen Theater!

Volunteer meeting today at 5:00 p.m. at Coffee Talk Read More »

Caldwell announces plan for Harding Improvement Project

Project to widen, improve traffic on Harding Avenue Read More »

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a press conference on September 10 in the municipal parking lot by 11th and Harding Avenues.
Kaimuki Neighborhood Board: meeting announcement and last month’s minutes Local chefs export their expertise to the ‘Chinese Hawaii’

KCC paves the way to food safety and sanitation in China Read More »

Above: Chef Henry Holthaus of Kapiolani Community College teaching food safety in Hainan Province. Below: Chef Henry's class overseas.
Campaign signage: What’s wrong with this picture?
A rain-weathered collage of candidate signs in Kaimuki. Some houses in Hawaii are lined sometimes by dozens of election signage. Tis the season?
Guitar great Larry Carlton coming to Andrews Amphitheatre
Larry Carlton is a real life "Guitar Hero."
Senate District 9 candidate Daniel N. Davidson answers community questions Café Kaila shows that breakfast success is in the details
Above: The family digs in at Café Kaila. Below: Chef and restaurant owner Chrissie Kaila Castillo smiles from the kitchen.
State Senate District 10 candidate Eric Marshall answers community questions Math makes students shine at Washington Middle School

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The passion for math has been contagious at Washington Middle School and instilled a sense of pride in the student body. From left to right: Principal Michael Harano, David Chang, Ethan Vo, and Coach Sung Park
Senate District 10 incumbent Brian Taniguchi answers community questions Hale Imi Iki Learning Center takes zoological education into the 21st century
The Honolulu Zoo's Hale Imi Iki Learning Center was built with a significant level of environmental stewardship.
KCC farmers market ponders possible Sunday expansion
The popular KCC farmers market brings in enough customers to fill the community college's parking lot and then some every Saturday.
‘Town’: Green Room gallery presents its first exhibition Caffe Grazie offers an outdoor oasis in Downtown California Academy of Sciences offers a good excuse for a San Francisco getaway
Terra and Maia inside Rainforests of the World.
State Senate District 8 candidate Sam Slom answers community questions State Senate District 8 candidate Larry Price answers community questions Hoaloha Kai Montessori School reflects on its first year, looks ahead to next

East Oahu school built by students, parents, teachers, and the Aina Haina community Read More »

In the elementary classroom at Hoaloha Kai Montessori.
Roy Sakuma, ukulele master, comes to Kaimuki Library August 13: Pacific New Media presents Clark Little book signing
Rainbow Shave Ice, by Clark Little.
Dance with Michael Lomeka from Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS Reed Space HNL pumps fresh life into Waikiki’s art scene
Reed Space HNL aims to bring back the magic aisles of the traditional bookstore -- with an artistic flare.