Interview with Rita Coolidge

Two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge and her band will grace the Honokaa People’s Theatre stage on Saturday. With one of the most enduring solo careers in all of music, Coolidge’s impact on the contemporary music scene is profound with such musical hits as “Fever,” “We’re All Alone,” “One Fine Day,” “(Your Love Has Lifted…

Hawaii Island Clothing Brands Make a Statement

  It’s easy to be inspired by the beauty that is Hawaiʻi, and clothing designers on Hawaiʻi Island have captured the loveliness of paradise in clothing brands created and imagined specifically on the Big Island. Some are small local designers and others, like Sig Zane, have found international recognition. Here are a few clothing brands…

Comedian Extraordinaire–Justine Smith

  The old adage, laughter is the best medicine, proves to be true as Hawaii Island residents line up for their much-needed doses of snorts and belly laughs. The comedy scene is taking off on the Big Island, and one funny lady is making audience’s cheeks hurt over her brutally honest, everyday experiences. Kona resident,…

Photographer Takes Reality to a New Level

Philosophers enjoy debating the definition of reality. Life’s multidimensional layers mean two people can look at the same subject, yet experience it differently depending upon the perspective they choose to adopt. Local artist and photographer Almitra Karastan shares her unique perspectives on humanity, and captures them in stunning images that make reality simultaneously authentic and…

Oral History Meets Design

For many people, clothing isn’t something that is given much thought. Like the food we eat and the water we drink, getting dressed is an average everyday occurrence. But what if clothing told a story? What if it shared details of a history steeped in legend? Just like food consumption, one can choose to eat…

Binti Bailey gears up for new release

The classic Greek philosopher Plato said music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. If he had the opportunity to listen to Kona artist Binti Bailey, his philosophical pronouncement would be confirmed ten times over. With a diverse musical skill set from blues to…