New ideas about old music
When did the music of your youth become old music? Walt Hickey, writing for a website called “538″ - http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-classic-rock-isnt-what-it-used-to-be/ - writes that he had this particular frisson on hearing a tune by Green Day – but began his article by writing, “Led Zeppelin is classic rock.” Well, sure, now. When the first…
The not entirely truthful debate about the Natatorium
After years of debate, state and city officials concluded that repairing the Waikiki Natatorium would cost too much – close to $70 million – but for that $18 million the land portion of it could be saved. Now, after that decision has been made, the National Trust for Historic Preservation…
Maui men win big at national moustache competition
Congratulations are in order to a group of guys from Maui with a knack for fine facial hair. As you’ll see below, the four distinguished men are boasting notice-me moustaches and beards. Their facial hair is so notable, that the group has just been awarded prizes on the national level….
Hawaii State Spelling Bee sets new record
Thanks to spell check and auto-correct, proper spelling is admittedly pushed to the back burner for a lot of kids. And it’s not just the grade school kids. I’ve seen many news stories about students as old as college lacking the common sense to spell out the most basic of…
The Top 10 towns in Hawaii for young families
I think we can all agree that if you ignore the sky-high cost that comes with living in Paradise, Hawaii is an amazing place to raise a family. The question now: Where in Hawaii is the best place to raise your little ones? The folks over at NerdWallet, a consumer…
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On U.S. railroads, oil is the new coal
Fifty years ago, there were 20 large U.S. railroads with storied names. Coal was king, the top revenue-producing commodity the rails carried, even after their own locomotion switched to diesel. But the Interstate highway system bankrupted the railroads, as regular merchandise moved to trucks. It wasn’t just that. Rail service…
Marriage is a triangle
This weekend’s edition of Time magazine (suggested slogan: “It’s free online because you haven’t subscribed to any magazines since Clinton was president!”) has an interesting column by Jessica Bennett on how millennials approach the idea of marriage, which posits that many of them would like to beta-test their relationship first,…
The myth of affordable housing
Political discourse in recent weeks has focused a lot on “affordable housing,” with people disputing what constitutes affordable, sometimes for economic reasons and sometimes because they’re trying to make a point in the gubernatorial or legislative campaigns. But affordable housing is a myth, even if we could agree on the…
Music Post: The human voice as a musical instrument
Some music with words is all about the words. No one ever listened to Bob Dylan, or 2 Live Crew, just to hear the musical phrasing; it was mainly about the words. Even with Steely Dan, when the music is superb, the words are significant, and part of the appeal of…
Bloody Marys and the difficulty of nailing down history
Starwood’s St. Regis hotel chain is celebrating what it erroneously calls the 80th anniversary of the invention of the Bloody Mary cocktail, as I discovered this morning when I was assigned to interview two nice people from the St. Regis resort at Princeville. The chain assigned its chefs and beverage…
Eastern Ukraine’s deadly buffoons
It’s not a chapter of American history one often hears about, but American settlers moved to Mexico, promising to behave as Mexican citizens, only to rise up in a separatist movement and create the Republic of Texas, intending from the start to turn that republic into one or more U.S….
Winners from Hawaii Coffee Ass’n cuppings
There was a tie this year in the commercial cupping competition at the Hawaii Coffee Association Sixth Annual Cupping Competition. Rich Wicklander’s Aloha Hills Kona Coffee, a typica varietal, tied with the Maui Mokka coffee that Kimo Falconer’s Maui Grown Coffee grows above Lahaina. For coffee civilians, there are two broad kinds…
A caffeinated weekend in Kona
I’m back on the Traffic Isle after a lovely weekend in Kona. Let me start with a Kona sunset photo that is atypical because of its striking portrayal of the weather front that brought so much rain to other Hawaiian shores while we in Kona remained sunny, hot and dry….
Disaster and new social media
The Malaysia Airlines jetliner shootdown in eastern Ukraine is a calamity, a crisis, a tragedy – and a milestone in the evolution of news coverage that officials and troublemakers ignore at their peril. Never before have social media played such a big role in getting information to the world fast….
Music Post: Theme and Variations
President Kennedy said America would go to the Moon, not because it was easy, but because it was hard. I think composers write music in a theme-and-variations format, not because it lends itself to good music but because it doesn’t. Variations on a theme is a form of hotdogging it,…