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,…


Honolulu development: The view from the top

You’ve got to go where the story is, and for me the story was more than 400 feet up in the air, where, at least this week, one can find the top of the building that will be called 801 South Street Tower One. Project publicist Barbara Tanabe hadn’t meant to…


The new Harry Potter story

That’s what some news reports are calling it: the new Harry Potter story. Actually, it’s a parody of British tabloid journalism, a snarky account “by Rita Skeeter” of the Daily Prophet of a thirtysomething Harry Potter with wife and two sons attending the Quidditch World Cup Finals. I had to…


Modern media and international diplomacy

The Internet increasingly co-mingles news reports from different societies on the same topics, and I wonder if this will eventually be a good thing for global diplomacy. If you see “RT” on a Web news story, it’s probably from Russian news media with a Russian point of view. If you…


New ideas about old music

When did the music of your youth become old music? Walt Hickey, writing for a website called “538″ - - 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…


Music Post: American remainders… and reminders

Ordinarily a classical disc jockey in the United States would wish his listeners a happy Fourth of July by serving up “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “New England Triptych,” and “School for Scandal.” My own show, confined to Saturdays, would literally be a day late in getting…


Art Deco Hawaii opens at Honolulu Museum of Art

In the Roaring Twenties, music and the visual arts divided into two camps. The musical serialists and the art abstractionists formed the avant garde, marching purposefully down the dead end of art which doesn’t speak to anyone. Other artists, wiser but no less adventurous, found ways to be modern while…