Aloha loyal readers,
Since Honolulu Weekly shut down earlier this month, our former editor-in-chief Mindy Pennybacker have been working hard on an exciting new start-up publication. (You can read all about it here, written by our good friend Gary Kubota of Star Advertiser) We are gearing towards a newer, better, snazzier Weekly, and we’ve finally decided on a name and a concept: HI Spy.
We’ll be moving to a new tumblr site at hi-spy.tumblr.com. This is where we’ll be reporting from now on, covering not only our publication’s progress, but what we find throughout this summer in Hawaii. Food, events, politics, everything that our team have been giving you at our previous publication.
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We love you all, and thank you for all your overwhelming, loving support.
HI Spy Team
Thank you to the New York Daily News for sending me on an assignment to Waipahu and Mercury Bar to find out more about Lindsay Mills.
See article: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/nsa-leaker-edward-snowden-face-extradition-hong-kong-article-1.1368209
The National Security Agency whistleblower and man all over the news is Edward Snowden. He lived on O‘ahu for a few months until early May, working with the NSA for Booz Allen Hamilton. While his current whereabouts are unknown but are linked to Hong Kong, where he stayed at The Mira hotel for some time until June 10, his girlfriend Lindsay Mills is most likely still in Hawai‘i.
Snowden and Mills lived in a rental home on the corner of Eleu Street in the Royal Kunia neighborhood of Waipahu. They vacated the house May 1. According to the landlord’s realtor Kerri Jo Heim, the landlord used a management company, Kamehameha Realty, to arrange the rental agreements with Snowden. Neighbors all agree that the couple “kept to themselves.” A neighbor directly across the street said he got a call from Washington, D.C., inquiring what he knew about his famous neighbor. Seeing as his phone number is unlisted, the neighbor said, “obviously what [Snowden] is saying must be true.”
We confirmed that Mills is a dancer who practiced with The Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe (WAT), but did not perform with them. “Lindsay had been here at least a year,” a source explained, “I didn’t know her too well … she seemed like a nice person, really cheerful and always wanted to learn.” The troupe holds open recreation nights at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Studio 4, where “there’s a spring floor and they hang aerial stuff.” Mills practiced with aerial silks, pole dancing and duo acrobatics. She reportedly performs at Mercury Bar in downtown Honolulu for monthly First Friday events. The night showcases Pamela and the Pole Kats, a group of dancers who combine pole dancing and acrobatics. As far as Mill’s relationship with Snowden goes, “I don’t think any of us knew she had a boyfriend.”
“My one contact person for Lindsay said that Lindsay said she wants privacy right now,” says Terryl Leong, performance coordinator for WAT.
thank You Edward!!!!!
another Hero of Humanity….
in these times is incredible what You have done….
thank You again Edward!!!
Our own Jamie Noguchi was on the ground in Waipahu and at Mercury Lounge today looking for Ed’s girlfriend.
Courtesy Jet Setter Productions
The English Beat charges the stage at The Rebublik this Saturday, pumping out a high energy ska that is somehow peppy, chill, and angst-ridden all at once. Originally calling themselves The Beat, they were part of the birth of ska in late 1970’s England, with a string of hits beginning with a rendition of “Tears of a Clown” at twice the Smokey Robinson speed.
The Beat formed amidst a heady brew of sex, drugs, and disaffected British youth that spewed forth punk. The cool ones infused punk with the reggae that surrounded them in working class suburbs with large Jamaican populations.
“That was where we started from,” lead singer Dave Wakeling explains via phone, “this strange idea of mixing the Velvet Underground and Toots and the Maytals and adding The Monkeys on top—if John Lennon had crept in and helped with the lyrics.”
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"I’m concerned with the condition of Hawai‘i’s changing landscape, both natural and built, and political and cultural. I have a conflicting sense of paranoia and optimism for the future of our home that drives me to do the work that I do." // Breaking Ground and Moving Earth
—Sean Connelly, on what inspired him to fill ii gallery with dirt to create A Small Area of Land (Kaka’ako Earth Room).
"Some 2.6 million pounds of toxic chemicals were used or generated in Hawai‘i in 2011 by facilities that produce electricity, treat sewage, refine oil into gasoline and train military troops." // Toxic Releases on the Rise
—Joan Conrow on if/how the release of sulfuric acid, nitrates, ammonia and lead might affect our environment.
Photo, Time archives
Out Now! // Deep breaths, it’s a Weekly joint on ganja laws; plus, Honolulu Printmakers might be 85 years old, but they look like they’re 40! And we taste a beer brewed with chocolate, chipotle, cinnamon and a splash of apocalypse. Yum!
U LONELY BRO? WIN VIP TICKETS TO LOS LONELY BOYS, MARCH 2 AT ALOHA TOWER // Heaven is not as far away when you have VIP tickets to Los Lonely Boys. Enter to win a pair by clicking on their flowing hair.
"For a while, local comedy was all crickets. It wasn’t that jokes fell flat; there was nowhere to tell them. Thanks to Michael C. Hall, a comic, promoter and all-around hustler, and a crew of comedians, what was once a humorless wasteland has become a heckler’s heaven." // This Thing’s On
—James Cave and Mike Hall tour the best spots for local stand-up comedy.
"The unique, modernist cube with its brise soleil, or sunscreen—a pristine building many observers believe marks a high point in Hawaiian modernist design—is going to be significantly altered, according to at least two alarmed architects who’ve seen the plans." // Protecting a Landmark
—Curt Sanburn on Howard Hughes’s proposed alteration of the iconic Ossipoff IBM building.
What’s a good way to make sure people come to your art opening? Display 400 extremely flattering portraits of them. Adam Funari and Michael Keany are posting each photo and print from their exhibition 200 Friends on their blog, and be sure to see the wall of beautiful artistic Townies in person at The Manifest through March 14.
Monotone of Aly Ishikuni, by Adam Funari
"Since the 1980s—that era of bad taste and cocaine—cocktails have mostly been used to get us from Point A to Drunk. We went for the fast and sweet. If blow brought us up, Long Island Iced Teas, Sexes on the Beach and Tom Cruise in Cocktail took us down. Lather, rinse, repeat. Now, we’ve slowed down. We care about what goes into our bodies. Let what has happened to food in Hawai‘i also elevate the drink with which we whet our appetites.” // Take Me To Your Liquor
—James Cave takes a sip (or six) from each of Honolulu’s craftiest bartenders as they prepare for the inaugural Hawaii Cocktail Week, happening now through Feb. 24.
Photo: Julian Walstrom, bar manager at Salt Bar + Kitchen, pours absinthe the Czech way—with flame.