Category Archives: Blog

New year, new website: moving to

Happy New Year! Big news for 2015: I’m relaunching my studio as Local Color Design in Honolulu.  So, I’ve moved this blog over to the new website and will be now blogging there: So please follow me there, and update your feed reader. Or subscribe to get email updates — just go to the new site and scroll […]

Design for “Kids Build: Gingerbread Homes”

Many families with kids, as well as local high schools, approach Honolulu Habitat for Humanity about helping to build homes for the community. In the past, they turned away many interested young people because those under 16 are not allowed on the construction sites. So this holiday season, they are offering an alternative. Now young people can help build awareness […]

How do you eat breadfruit?

I’ve been eyeing the bumpy, brain-like fruit at my local coop, Kokua Market, for some time now. I would pick one up and weigh it in my hand. I knew the Hawaiian name was ‘ulu; the English name, breadfruit. But I didt know much more than that. Not knowing what to make of its black spots and […]

Goodbye, inventor of CorningWare

Among my favorite American companies and products are Corning and its CorningWare and Pyrex. I grew up eating off CorningWare plates, white with little green broccoli-like flowers, and eating “scalloped potatoes” from casseroles with the same vegetable pattern you see on the potholder above (which Marko found at a Honolulu garage sale). So I was sad […]

local time: receiving a lei

Today I was very surprised and happy to receive my first gift of a lei, the traditional garland of Hawaii made of flowers, leaves, and/or seeds. It was carefully draped over my shoulders by my friend Billie as a very touching thank-you and welcome gift before I gave an artist talk to her Art Theory class. An incredible fragrance immediately rose […]

local time: Chex mix, Hawaii style

It’s been years since I’ve had some good old homemade Chex mix, that most American of snacks. Only we Americans would take pre-made snacks like cereal, mixed nuts, and pretzels, butter and season them, and create a new snack. As a Chex mix fan, I am doubly wowed by this version made by my neighbor’s […]

local time: Moon Festival & celebrating an urban harvest

Across Asia yesterday, people celebrated the harvest and family unity at the Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival. Honolulu is the first place I’ve ever lived where I had access to locally baked mooncakes (not to be confused with moon pies). And so I bought mooncakes for the first time, filled with sweet lotus paste and double salted egg […]