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OHA partners with Street Grindz

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March 31st, 2015



Local food event production company Street Grindz LLC will soon have a new home at the former Fisherman’s Wharf location in Kaka’ako Makai, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced Monday.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014  Customers fill the former Pinch of Salt warehouse in Kakaako during Honolulu Night Market in September (the area has since been demolished for redevelopment). Street Grindz, the company behind Night Market, will open a new, food-focused space at the old Fisherman's Wharf later this year.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Customers fill the former Pinch of Salt warehouse in Kakaako during Honolulu Night Market in September (the area has since been demolished for redevelopment). Street Grindz, the company behind Night Market, will open a new, food-focused space at the old Fisherman's Wharf later this year.

“Street Grindz has created exciting and interesting dining concepts,” said OHA CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe in a statement. “This interim will help make our Kaka‘ako Makai lands a gathering place while we continue to work on a master plan for future development.”

Street Grindz, which launched food-focused Eat the Street in 2011, followed by fashion- and shopping-focused Honolulu Night Market in 2012, will receive interim access rights to conduct daily activities at Fisherman’s Wharf.

An updated timeline for OHA’s master plan of the 30 acres of land it owns in the area was not provided, although Street Grindz said construction on their parcel could begin within weeks and potentially be completed this summer.

“A lot of the inspiration for our concept draws from our experiences with markets and dining around the world and in the (United States),” said Street Grindz owner and CEO Poni Askew in the statement. “We are fortunate that OHA is on board with our concept for the space, giving us the opportunity to go back to our roots of supporting local, small businesses while focusing on our passion for sustainability in Hawaii.”

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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 jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Johnson lends support to Hokule‘a

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March 11th, 2015



COURTESY THE POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETYJack Johnson, middle, performs with Paula Fuga, left, and Chucky Boy Chock. The trio has released a digital single in support of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's current worldwide voyage.

COURTESY THE POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY

Jack Johnson, middle, performs with Paula Fuga, left, and Chucky Boy Chock. The trio has released a digital single in support of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's current worldwide voyage.

Jack Johnson is using his celebrity status to help raise funds for a worthy cause yet again.

With assistance from fellow Hawaii-based musicians Paula Fuga and Chucky Boy Chock, Johnson has embarked on a mission to raise $75,000 in support of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

Those who donate $2 via crowdfunding website RallySong.com will be able to download “Na Ho‘okele Opiopio,” a digital-only single written by Chock and recorded in honor of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

“The Polynesian discovery of islands throughout the Pacific Ocean was one of humanity’s most amazing achievements,” Johnson said in a press release. “With the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, we have a new generation of navigators exploring the earth and bringing people together to find a sustainable future. We are proud to support them with this song.”

Translated into English as “The Young Navigators,” the single is just one of a few perks available to contributors. Anyone who donates will be eligible to win an ukulele signed by Johnson and a mahogany alaia surf board made of reclaimed wood from the support brace for the deckboards of the original Hokule‘a.

As of early Wednesday morning, 25 of 50 autographed Jack Johnson CDs were still available for a $30 contribution, while 28 of 50 signed copies of Johnson’s “En Concert” vinyl release were available for $50.

Other perks remaining include a limited edition, Hokule‘a-inspired T-shirt and membership in the Polynesian Voyaging Society ($75 for women’s shirts, $76 for men’s), a Hello Makana Basket of Aloha ($150), limited edition photographic prints ($250) and a limited edition poster from the historic 1976 Hokule‘a voyage that started it all.

And while a $15,000 Papa He’e Nalu medium alaia surfboard was already snatched up, one lucky contributor will be able to scoop up a large alaia surfboard for a $25,000 donation.

“Across the globe, there are young people with the courage to set a new course and protect our natural environment,” Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson said in the release. “They are our leaders and navigators, whether they are on canoes or not, and we hope this campaign will provide a way for more people to join our voyage.”

The online campaign will run until April 25. All proceeds raised will benefit the PVS, which plans to travel from New Zealand to Australia and South Africa during 2015.

It has been 40 years since Hokule‘a embarked on its maiden voyage from Kaneohe Bay. The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage will see the traditional Hawaiian canoe and its sister canoe, Hikianalia, cover 47,000 nautical miles and call upon 85 ports in 26 nations before completing its journey in 2017.

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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 jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Go Jimmy gone

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March 6th, 2015



Go Jimmy Go will call it quits in 2016 after two decades of music, according to one of the band’s founding members.

Eric White has long served as resident saxophone player and de facto publicist for the group, which also includes lead vocalist Jason “Bison” Friedmann, guitarist Ian Ashley, bassist Andrew McLellan, drummer Shon Gregory and Brandon Hutson on trombone. He was the one responsible for a Facebook post announcing the news.

COURTESY GO JIMMY GO Go Jimmy Go.

COURTESY GO JIMMY GO

Go Jimmy Go.

“It’s strange writing something like this, but here it goes,” he said. “It is with heavy hearts that we say it’s about time we close up shop.”

Reached by phone this week, White admitted the post was a long time coming. After traveling extensively throughout the United States, Asia and Europe for more than a decade, the band stopped touring full-time in 2007 and haven’t played outside Hawaii since 2009.

“We delayed it as long as possible,” he said. “I’ve been meaning to write that (Facebook post) for a long time. … That was the hardest thing to write. I waited over a year to write it.”

Making such an important announcement a year in advance seems like a pretty grown-up thing to do. And that’s pretty much what’s happened to Go Jimmy Go — full-time jobs, marriages and children mean priorities have changed as the guys have gotten older.

“A lot of bands don’t get to do farewell shows,” White, 40, explained. “We’ve had a good ride. We figured we’d end on a nice round number like 20. … We’re gonna call all the former band members on the mainland and everyone here in Hawaii and do a massive set of all our songs.

“It’s going to be a retrospective. Our first release was on a cassette tape, so we have lots of music to go through!”

Despite the sad news, White said nearly everyone in the band will remain involved in the local music scene one way or another. When he’s not teaching at Highlands Intermediate or spending time with his wife and two sons, he spends his free time on stage with Black Square and JD’s Rock ’N’ Soul Band.

COURTESY GO JIMMY GO Go Jimmy Go in 2003. From left, Fernando Pacheco, Andrew McLellan, Jason "Bison" Friedmann, Cameron Wright, Eric White, Shon Gregory and Ian Ashley.

COURTESY GO JIMMY GO

Go Jimmy Go in 2003. From left, Fernando Pacheco, Andrew McLellan, Jason "Bison" Friedmann, Cameron Wright, Eric White, Shon Gregory and Ian Ashley.

“I’ve been teaching for eight years since (Go Jimmy Go) stopped touring,” said White. “It’s a little hectic, but music is time well spent. It’s like people who gotta go surfing. It’s food for the soul.

“And it’s fun because I get to play with my wife. JD is a big ol’ eight-piece band. It’s so different from what I’ve been doing the last 20 years with Go Jimmy Go.”

But White and the rest of Go Jimmy Go aren’t done yet, with two shows lined up in March and plans to continue playing locally as long as there are gigs available.

They’ll perform next at 8 p.m. March 14 at Aloha Stadium as part of the Honolulu Music, Food and Arts Festival, a two-day event with 40 arts and crafts vendors, food from 35 local restaurants and a full lineup of live entertainment.

On March 20 they’ll join another Honolulu music veteran as Jason Miller celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hawaiian Express Records with a free, all-ages party at Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s. Go Jimmy Go will be joined on stage by Grapefruit, The Quintessentials and others starting at 8 p.m.

“We want everyone who’s a fan to come to the last few shows we have and then definitely make it to the farewell show next year,” said White. “It will be good to have closure. We want to do it right.”

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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 jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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