It's Architecture Month – Here's what's happening

The Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects is offering free public events during April in the eighth annual celebration of Architecture Month in Hawaii.

Architecture Firm Crawl – Friday, April 25

Ever wonder what an architecture studio looks like or what an architect does? The sixth Annual Architecture Firm Crawl was developed to allow the public to learn more about some outstanding companies, projects and people. The following Honolulu design firms will open their doors on Friday, April 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.:

  • Allana Buick & Bers (707 Richards Street, Suite 635)
  • Ferraro Choi & Associates/Dean Sakamoto (IBM Building, 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 510)
  • Group 70 International (McCandless Building, 925 Bethel Street, Fifth Floor)
  • Mason Architects (Stangenwald Building, 119 Merchant Street, Suite 501)
  • RIM Architects (851 Fort Street, Suite 200)

Architectural Walking Tour: Historic Waikiki – Saturday, April 12

The public is invited to join in a free Waikiki Walking Tour, led by AIA architects and other design-minded volunteers, on Saturday, April 12. The Waikiki tour was developed by AIA member-architects in celebration of Architecture Month in 2013; due to overwhelming demand, Waikiki will be our site again in 2014. Over the course of two hours, walkers will learn about architecturally significant historic buildings and areas in Waikiki -- a world-famous locale that we are all familiar with, but that too few of us appreciate as a center of historic architecture.

The tour covers a distance of approximately one mile. Comfortable shoes, sunscreen and hats are highly recommended; walkers are encouraged to bring water and snacks to keep their energy up!

Tour times are set by advanced reservation for that morning. Visit the AIA Honolulu Web site at

Craig Howes: If you have a first draft, you've begun

Summit is asking presenters at the 2014 Hawaii Book & Music Festival to talk about the inspirations in their literary life. 

1) What’s the first line of your favorite book?

"It was the night before the opening game of the high school hockey season."

Boy on defense, by Scott Young

2) Who’s your favorite character of your favorite book, and why?

Bill Spunska, the boy of the title, a Polish immigrant in Winnipeg in the 1950s.

3) Who encouraged you to become a writer?

No one, really, but itʻs been the environment for my life--Iʻve been a reader above all, and that has led many, many times to writing.

4) What words of support do you have for aspiring writers?

If you have a first draft, you've begun. If you don't, you haven't.

Craig Howes is a professor at the University of Hawaii and is a co-editor of The Value of Hawaii.

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A glimpse at Waikiki's next International Marketplace

Groundbreaking begins today at the International Marketplace, on the landholdings of the Queen's Trust. The iconic banyan tree will be preserved, and the entire facility will get a much-deserved refresh. Profits from the shopping complex support Queens Health Systems. (Courtesy images)

The shutter don't stop

Located on the second floor of 250 Ward Avenue, hidden one level above the First Hawaiian Bank and facing an open air courtyard that I never knew existed until that day, Treehouse does feel like a secret meeting room for an analog photography and camera buff's club. 

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I think, therefore I SPAM
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The Iron Fist of craft brewing

Iron Fist Brewery, located in Vista, California, may only be 3-years-old, but its beers drink like they’ve been crafted and refined for decades. This is no accident—the brains behind the operation, 22-year-old Brandon Sieminski, is a reflection of the product he so carefully crafts.

Sieminski is self-taught; his brewery, family owned; his style, professional but ultra laid-back; and his brew-method, experimental but highly adept.

Iron Fist has partnered with local wine, beer and spirits distribution company Young’s Market to bring its delicious craft beers to select bars and retail locations on Oʻahu, Maui and in Kona. INhonolulu caught up with Sieminski at Pint & Jigger, last week, after a tasting dinner that paired several of Sieminski’s brews with various dishes prepared by the P&J house.

The art of the pitch

More than 100 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs convened at The Box Jelly for Startup Weekend Honolulu. The top winner was Chad Kahunahana's Green Apple, an app teachers can use to fund their work. Photos by Jimmy Edens.

Kakaako gets a paint job

A taste of Pow! Wow! 2014, which wrapped up this past weekend.

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Sun Yet Sen in Hawaii

From, a blog that sifts through the voluminous archives of Hawaiian newspapers, here’s a 1903 article about the arrival of Sun Yat Sen.



King carried a bit of Hawaii to Alabama. That five-day, 54-mile march from Selma, where an Alabama state trooper had shot and killed church deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson, to the state capital, helped bring King to the forefront of the nation’s imagination, spurring the cause of nonviolent protest that would be picked up and championed by an entire generation, fomenting the hope of equality for all mankind. 

King had strong Hawaii ties, from his 1959 address to the Hawaii Legislature to his relationship with the Rev. Abraham Kahikina Akaka, older brother of Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Abraham Akaka, kahu (shepherd) of Kawaiahao Church in Honolulu, developed a close friendship with King when King came to Honolulu in 1964 to participate in a Civil Rights Week symposium at the University of Hawaii, according to Akaka’s obituary in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Abraham Akaka later sent the lei to King as a gift, according to a 1991 article in Jet Magazine by Simeon Booker.

More about the lei from Hawaii:

Henri Berger

Henri Berger, pictured with the Royal Hawaiian Band, directed the band from 1872 until his death in 1929.

From Wikipedia:

Berger befriended the future Queen Liliʻuokalani, a composer in her own right. Berger arranged the songs she wrote, performed by the brass band. The queen named Berger “Father of the Hawaiian Music”. From 1893 to 1903, the bandmaster worked with the Kamehameha Schools to develop its music program. He also built what is today the Honolulu Symphony.

You can still catch the Royal Hawaiian Band in free concerts throughout Honolulu.

The Sandwich Isle

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It’s appropriate that an archipelago nicknamed the “Sandwich Isles,” and with a prominent royal musician named Henri Berger, would have good burger choices.

And we do – there’s the almost-secret Morning Glass Good and Better burgers, available on Fridays. In Koolaupoko, there’s Heeia Pier, which has an excellent homestyle burger. There’s nostalgic burgers, like W&M’s, and futuristic burgers like The Counter's. And of course there's the limited-edition Ramen Burger, or the always-available but pretty good burgers at Big City Diner.

So yes, we have choices. What’s your favorite Hawaii burger?

Welcome to Summit (beta)

Historically, Hawaii has prided itself on excellence. It took that kind of drive to become the most literate country on the planet in the 19th century, or to electrify Iolani Palace before the White House.

Summit will exemplify that desire.

You can think of it as extension of the Independent’s civic journalism, expanding outwards to cover innovative new businesses, original artistry and creativity, new trends in fashion and dining, and brave voices in prose and poetry. We’d like to showcase – for a global audience – a rich, evolving Hawaii.

So to that end, we’re starting off with a series of posts asking our community to nominate Hawaii’s very best. Your responses will be incorporated into our coverage and work in various ways, which you’ll see soon. This is our temporary home, so stay tuned for the launch of Summit.


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