Not a fan of haunted houses

By October 25, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

The last time I went into a haunted house, I decked the guy who scared me.

I’m not kidding.

That was back in intermediate school. Some guy jumped out at me and I hit him — then torn down the wall to get out.

You could say haunted houses aren’t for me. I never got into them, even in high school when all my friends were hanging out at the old Kress Store on Fort Street Mall. I refused to go in, despite how uncool that made me look. I didn’t care. I wasn’t doing it.

My students have been trying to get me to go to Nightmares Live, a haunted attraction at the Dole Cannery run by one of my coworkers at Kapiolani Community College. (Photo, above, was taken by Sean Nakamura.) They raved about it — including the new Claustrophobia that, in name alone, doesn’t appeal to me.

Here’s the thing: I get spooked out easily. And I don’t need to go to a haunted house to feel frightened. I get scared just walking from my office to my car!

So you tell me: what’s the appeal of haunted houses? Or scary movies for that matter? I don’t watch those either!

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Some movies shouldn’t be remade

By October 24, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

No, I haven’t seen the remake of “Footloose,” in theaters now.

And I don’t plan to.

The original movie, which hit screens in 1984, wasn’t that good to begin with. Why would I watch a remake?

Granted, it’s starring one of my favorite dancers-turned-actress — the adorable Julianne Hough — and this version doesn’t feature Kevin Bacon in those faded jeans or that equally bad red suit. (Although the skinny tie has made some kind of comeback.)

While there are legions of diehard fans, I don’t think the movie was remake-worthy.

(And, to be honest, classics shouldn’t be remade, either.)

And if I can’t convince you, maybe movie guru Roger Ebert can: “This new ‘Footloose’ is a film without wit, humor or purpose. It sets up the town elders as old farts who hate rock ‘n’ roll. Does it have a clue that the Rev. Moore and all the other city council members are young enough that they grew up on rock ‘n’ roll? The film’s message is: A bad movie, if faithfully remade, will produce another bad movie.”


There were two ’80s-related movies that opened last weekend. The revival of “Footloose” racked in $16.1 million in its opening weekend; the prequel of a 1982 John Carpenter cult hit, “The Thing,” pulled in just $8.7 million.

Those two join the list of ’80s remakes — “Fright Night,” “Conan,” “Arthur,” “The A-Team” — that didn’t have radical results at the box office.

So why can’t these classics — or, at the very least, cult flicks — make it in 2011?

Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite films — “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” “The Goonies,” “Say Anything” — were from the ’80s. But I wouldn’t want to see a remake of them, shot with different actors, in a different era, in a different context. It just wouldn’t work.

What do you think?

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Did This: Nonstop Kakaako

By October 23, 2011 #CatTravels

Forty food vendors, eight hours, five artists, three streets and a man cave.

Welcome to Nonstop Kakaako, a (hopefully) annual block party in Kakaako that brought together food, retail and entertainment over a six-acre space along Auahi Street.

Thousands turned out last night to be part of this mega pop-up experience, courtesy of Nonstop Honolulu and Kamehameha Schools. It featured everything from live entertainment to a ladies lounge to a beer garden. Definitely something for everyone. Not to mention, we announced the winners of the Best of Nonstop awards.

I got to emcee the event — yes, all eight hours of it — with my pal, Doc Rock, and had a front-row seat to the entire experience. We saw food trucks like Simply Ono and RB’s Ice Cream Desserts generously give away food to the crew working on the main stage and bands like Yoza and Lost at Sea tear it down. Lots of positive vibes everywhere.

Here’s what last night’s event looked like:

Nonstop Kakaako

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This event celebrated the one-year anniversary of Nonstop Honolulu and Kamehameha Schools' plans to develop the neighborhood. Turned out to be a nice pairing.

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Q&A with Anuhea

By October 22, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

If 40 different food booths, a retail tent and a beer garden weren’t enough to get you to Nonstop Kakaako tonight, maybe this will.

Singer/songwriter Anuhea will be performing live on one of two stages at the event.

I nailed down the super-busy self-taught Maui-born talent for a quick Q&A about what she’s been doing, what she’s listening to, and where she loves to eat.

Cat:What have you been up to lately?

AnuheaI’ve been working hard. I recorded by album in Austin Texas. I filmed my new music video for “Higher Than The Clouds” on Maui. I just got back from Washington DC where I wrote and recorded a few songs with Jacob Hemphill of SOJA and did a show. Now I’m back in Hawaii for a string of shows here over the next few weeks.

Cat: What’s coming up for you?

Anuhea: I’m having the big concerts celebrating my upcoming release over haloween weekend. The MayJah Halloween RayJah w JBOOG & Natural Vibes. My Kickstarter campaign is just finishing up so I’ll be printing up and fulfilling those orders and sending people my album early. I have a small West Coast tour in December and then am playing with SOJA & The Green on four islands here in Hawaii in January.

Cat: What’s on your playlist right now?

Anuhea: Since I just got back from recording with SOJA, I’ve been bumping them a lot. The Greens new album is dope. And as I get my new songs back from mastering, I’ve been listening to them a lot too. 🙂

Cat: What’s going on with Hawaii’s music scene?

Anuhea: I think Hawaii’s music scene is really making an impact on the rest of the world. More bands from Hawaii are touring nationally and internationally, and representing Hawaii. The music coming out of Hawaii is getting more quality, and I think it’s only going to get better.

Cat: I have to ask: What are your favorite places to eat here and on Maui?

Anuhea: On Oahu I love Morimoto’s, Doraku, Assaggio and, for, lunch Diamond Head Grill. On Maui I love Mama’s Fish House, Paia Fish Market, Alexander’s Fish and Chips, and Casanovas. 🙂

Anuhea’s second album, “For Love,” won’t be available until February. But you can get it early at Kickstarter.
Anuhea explains it herself

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Today’s happy shot

By October 21, 2011 Food, Happy Shots

I love making banana muffins as much as I love eating them!


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