Fish markets, dim sum stands, and medicinal herbs shops share blocks with trendy boutiques and wine bars. Chinatown’s transformation from a den of prostitutes and drug dealers to a destination for tourists and locals has been slow, but moving. And yet remnants of its seedier history continue to linger.
Street performers in Hawaii occupy an unusual gray area: are they illegal panhandlers that block our sidewalks or celebrated artistic facets of our city?
Pepakura. You’d be forgiven if you thought it was an exotic dish. Far from it. For the subculture of costume players (cosplayers), it’s the affordable way to create the intricate costumes they adorn at fan conventions. With paper.
Old chairs can be renovated into chic and modern works of art, plastic wire found on the beach may become the stuffing of an enormous whale, and shelves of knick knacks and random articles are ingredients for a beautiful new dish that feeds the community with laughter, surprise and wonder.