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December 1, 2017


A special exhibition exploring works of art created by those who ride waves. Featuring Mark Cunningham, Scott Fitzel, Matt Okahata, Leanna Wolff, Garret Kojima and Mark Chai. Tonight 12/01 starts at 5:30.

May 8, 2017


Contrast favorite graves has been on fire 🔥. He’s best known for working with Kanye, yet he’s been making his own path touring nationwide and he just came out with an ep “hilo” which is at #1 on the iTunes electronic album charts. I texted him to see what’s up.

Lancifer: So what was behind calling it hilo? I was playing it for my friend from hilo yesterday and he said the kona guys are going be pissed.

Graves: I wasn’t really looking to name this ep a hawaiian name but my manager came up with it once. I told him I wanted something representing the moon and youth.

Deep brah deep. I listened to it yesterday. Super tight dude. Where did u work on it and what kind of inspiration did u find for it

I wrote the demos while I was on tour in 2016, I got home in early 2017 and really went in on the whole project, spent the last 6 months off of tour writing, producing, mixing, mastering the hilo ep.

So u got your inspo for the album from touring?

If u listen to the album it doesn’t have too many electronic elements like my past records. Its more avant garden hiphop type stuff with some dance elements still worked in it.

Grimes has a song called genesis. What do u think about it?

That is insane I guess we both gravitated toward titles & artist names beginning with g.

Great minds must think alike. U been touring a lot. So do u still cover your cute face?

No I don’t take pictures these days I just hide.

Mr. Incognito. Fav track on the album?
Fav track has to be blame on the ep. the track is a weird slow one compared to what people know me for, I love stepping out of my comfort zone these days when I’m writing, I feel like thats how you discover new waves to ride.

Ride that wave boy. Did u write the songs too?

I wrote the music and worked with the song writers who wrote the lyrics.

How old is your kid and has he heard your album?

He hasn’t heard the album yet he’s 8

What do u want people to take away after listening to “hilo”? ….Long pause

Just found out Hilo is #1 on iTunes albums electronic.
Dang on top LCD. So how do u feel, do you have a chubby Rn?



Well congrats babe. How are u going to celebrate?

Write more music.

March 11, 2017

Soul time Hawaii Dj Muro
DJ Muro comes to Hawaii to meet Aloha Got Soul and spin at the three-year anniversary of Soul Time in Hawaii. Read more

February 21, 2017

Contrast + Peaks & Valleys Camera Club Presents: Modus Ops
A Photography Exhibit by Mark Kushimi

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 24 7-9PM
Exhibit runs through March 26

675 Auahi Street E3-215
Honolulu, Hawaii

February 2, 2017



August 16, 2017


Interview & Photos by Lance Arinaga
Transcription by Maria Archilla

August is a big month for weed. Medical marijuana dispensaries are finally opening, and it only took two years after Act 241 passed. But it’s been a little bit of a mess. As of now, there are only two dispensaries opened in Hawaii: one on Maui, and one on Oahu. In a matter of days since opening, both dispensaries were forced to close temporarily due to low supply. Local trade association Hawaii Dispensary Alliance is trying to avoid these issues. Headed by executive director Chris Garth, the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance is devoted to advancing Hawaii’s cannabis industry for everyone, from patients to businesses. Lance Arinaga spoke to Garth about the struggles of starting a new industry, the inner machinations of bureaucracy, and the future for cannabis.

Read more

April 1, 2017


Pu‘uhonua Society Presents:
CONTACT 3017: Hawai‘i in a Thousand Years

Honolulu Museum of Art School
Opening April 01, 2017, 5-9PM
On display thru April 16, 2017

CONTACT 3017 asks artists to take on the role of futurologists, dwelling in predictions and prophecies. Artist were asked to forecast the unknown, to imagine and hypothesize possible and probable (or impossible and improbable) futures in Hawai‘i and investigate the worldviews, ideologies, and myths that support them. Climate change and rising/falling sea levels, nationalism and decentralization of power, globalization and resource distribution, are just some of the many issues we face locally and globally.

This year’s juror is the art collective Paradise Cove.

This exhibition is supported by Pu‘uhonua Society, Nā Mea Hawai‘i, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.HMA

February 28, 2017

Japan does music festival’s right. Sugoiiiii

February 7, 2017

uo04uo13uo12uo11uo10uo09uo08uo07uo06uo05    uo00uo02uo14 Underoath playing at Pipeline Cafe in Hawaii circa 2007. Catch them tonight at the Republik and bring your dancing shoes.

January 24, 2017

Crip vid of Hawaiian Surfer Zeke Lau ripping all over Hawaii showing what he is going to bring to next years WCT tour. Filmed and edited by Cole Yamane.