Tag Archives: honolulu

New year, new website: moving to localcolorhawaii.com

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: localcolorhawaii.com/blog. So please follow me there, and update your feed reader. Or subscribe to get email updates — just go to the new site and scroll […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

local time: Eating in Honolulu / a recipe for spam

Before moving to Hawaii two weeks ago, I was pretty curious about the food situation. I’d heard conflicting things about the food selection and supply on these remote islands. Some said that any fresh food is expensive, with negative effects like the enduring popularity of spam (the food that gave junk email its name). Germans warned that we’d never have good […]