Archive for November, 2013

Marley makes Hilo appearance

November 14th, 2013

More than three decades after his death, legendary reggae musician Robert Nesta Marley is still highly revered by fans the world over. While his music always remained in the spotlight, new efforts by family members to expand the Bob Marley brand have resulted in other products appearing in stores.


House of Marley x Oshima Surf & Skate

With appearances by Rohan Marley, Mason Ho, Makua Rothman, Donavon Frankenreiter and DJ Peril

» Where: 325 Makaala St., Hilo

» When: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16

» Cost: Free

» Info: (808) 961-1444

Here in Hawaii, it's hard not to notice Bob Marley's Mellow Mood teas and energy drinks or the growing number of items sold under the House of Marley name. Much of this new business is spearheaded by son Rohan Marley, 41, a former University of Miami football player and Canadian Football League veteran who is in Hilo this week to meet up with his newest House of Marley brand ambassadors.

“We came to Hilo to tap into that energy and introduce ourselves to our brothers here in Hawaii,” Marley said Wednesday, shortly after arriving on a 10-hour flight from New York. “When you come to places like Hawaii, you're tapping into the roots of the earth. Natural people and people who live a little more eco lifestyle.”

Marley will be at Oshima Surf and Skate's Hilo store from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday to promote House of Marley's premium personal audio products and accessories, which include headphones, speakers, bags and watches.

“It's more than just a brand,” he said. “It's a movement, you know? We're trying to bring this world to a better place.

“I have a responsisbitiy to my father and my family to be a modern ambassador and represent the family around the world to those who aren't playing music.”

While he is known to play percussion and guitar, Marley readily admits the musical talent in his family is best represented these days by brothers Ziggy, Damian “Junior Gong,” Ky-Mani and Julian. He's focused on other business opportunities, launching Marley Coffee before deciding to move forward with House of Marley.

As his family perpetuates the Marley name on stage, he works hard these days to provide fans with the means to enjoy his family's music in everyday situations with products manufactured with a more eco-friendly sensibility.

Rohan Marley in Hilo earlier this week. (Courtesy photo)

Rohan Marley in Hilo earlier this week. (Courtesy photo)

“It's a full connection, since we need music for the vibrations,” he said. “Music makes you feel a certain way. It's always a part of life (and) it's important we transcend that.

“With the House of Marley and the sustainable movement with the products we've created, we can extend the vibration.”

And no matter the product, the family also remains steadfast in its desire to help others. A portion of the proceeds from all House of Marley products sold is donated to 1Love, the Marley family's charitable organization, which has raised more than $1 million in support of various social initiatives.

Saturday's celebration will also provide an opportunity for the public to meet and greet with new Team MARLEY members Mason Ho, Makua Rothman and Donavon Frankenreiter. Pat “DJ Peril” Simpson, Team MARLEY member from the Tribe of Kings, will also make the trip to help provide a soundtrack for the evening.

And now that he's in Hawaii and making an appearance at a surfing and skateboard shop, will Marley himself be seen shredding on land or sea anytime soon?

“I grew up on roller skates as a little boy,” he laughed. “And I haven't learned to surf yet, but it's in my future. That's the ambassadors are for. They grow us and expand us!”


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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'Oiwi Film Fest returns

November 6th, 2013

The Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theatre will be home once again for the third ‘Ōiwi Film Festival starting on Friday, Nov. 8.

Starting with an opening-night reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, the festival will explore the themes of Native Hawaiian identity, traditions and culture via a variety of film shorts, documentaries and features.

"It is so exciting to see the diversity of work by Native Hawaiian filmmakers and the stories they are telling as we move into our third year,” festival co-founder Ann Marie Kirk said in a press release. “From documentary to narrative fiction, the films … offer a thoroughly unique and a uniquely Hawaiian way of telling stories.”

Here's the full schedule, courtesy the Honolulu Museum of Art:

Opening-Night Reception

The opening-night reception is an evening of food, film, art and music. Tickets include a buffet of poi, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig, fried chicken, sweet-sour spareribs, sweet potato, white rice, haupia and fresh pineapple; live music performance; and a visit to the newly reinstalled Arts of Hawai‘i Gallery. Wine and beer available for purchase. A blessing will be held at 7:30 p.m.

The reception starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $35 ($30 for HMA members).

'E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name'

In this documentary about identity, family, and memory, filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez sets out to discover the meaning of her lengthy Hawaiian name as given to her by her schizophrenic mother. Marquez discovers not only herself within the name, but gains a new perspective on the idea of sanity and how cultural differences can sometimes muddle its definition.

Narrating her journey from the islands to Seattle (and from childhood to adulthood), Marquez paints a picture of heartbreak and understanding that stresses the importance of the places we call home, and the power of the things we promise never to forget.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, with the short film "Kae," directed by Lana Dang; also screens at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

'Let's Play Music: Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends'

Cyril Pahinui, son of recording legend Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, is universally recognized as a master of slack-key guitar. This intimate documentary follows Cyril, his friends, and family—which includes some of the best musicians in Hawai‘i—as they play music, talk story and reminisce about Cyril’s legendary father.

Featuring Roland Cazimero, Palani Vaughan, Kawika Kahiapo, Dennis Kamakahi, Mike Kaawa, Sonny Lim, Greg Sardinha, Peter Moon Jr., Jeff Au Hoy and Kunia Galdeira.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Kahiapo will be the special guest at the Nov. 9 screening.

'Kalo Culture'

Follow taro farmer Daniel Anthony, his family and friends during the three days leading up to the Haleiwa Taro Festival and learn how taro — and the traditional pounding of it — became the core of his life and small business, Mana ‘Ai (“Powerful Food”).

Featuring local artists, activists, musicians, and poets, such Makana, Noa Helela, Kealoha, Ernie Cruz Jr., Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Laulani Tealewho, "Kalo Culture" addresses how the traditions, culture, and way of life associated with taro farming and preparation are in danger of becoming extinct in the face of western influence, development, and competition in the poi industry.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, and 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Anthony and director Kamuela Vance will be the special guests at the Nov. 10 screening (Anthony will also host a pre-screening kalo-pounding demonstration).

‘Oiwi Shorts Showcase

Short films by directors Lana Dang ("Kae"), Kale Kaaikala ("Chout"), Ann Marie Kirk ("Small Kine Stories") and Erin Lau ("Koa 'Ohana," "Little Girl's War Cry") will be featured.

Screens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 1 p.m. Nov. 13.

Hawaiian Storytelling from a Hawaiian Perspective

Join storytellers from all mediums in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, to discuss how Hawaiians tell stories, the importance of the Hawaiian voice in the arts, the uniqueness of the Hawaiian storytelling style and why it is needed. Panelists include filmmakers Lana Dang, Kale Kaaikala, Ann Marie Kirk, Erin Lau and Kamuela Vance.


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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'Housewives' arrive in Waikiki

November 5th, 2013

The cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." (Courtesy Bravo)

The cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." (Courtesy Bravo)

Ever wanted to witness the drama of Bravo's "The Real Housewives" in person? You can do just that tonight, Nov. 5, at Tiki's Grill and Bar in Waikiki with the cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

"Enjoy a cocktail, live music (and) be on set for an unforgettable episode filmed at Tiki's Grill & Bar," the restaurant posted on its Facebook page on Monday, Nov. 4. Taping is scheduled to start around 11:30 p.m.

Tiki's is located at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, 2570 Kalakaua Ave. Call (808) 923-8454 for reservations.


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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