“Zero Dark Thirty”

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

It is amazing to me that Mark Owen was able to release the book No Easy Day, and that screenwriter, Mark Boal and Kathyrn Bigelow were able to write and direct Zero Dark Thirty, as you would think there would be some breaches of confidentiality in gathering data, fact checking, and showing it to the mass populations.

Nevertheless, the movie is extremely interesting and although OBL had been wreaking havoc for over 23 years, the last decade of extreme CIA searches makes for  a thought-provoking movie.

Zero Dark Thirty stars one of the industry’s best actresses, Jessica Chastain.


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Polynesian Cultural Center on One World Cinema

December 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

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“The Polynesian Cultural Center is a living, breathing exploration of the traditions and lifestyles of seven Polynesian cultures:  Islands of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa-Maori/New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and Marquesas. Mingle with natives as they demonstrate exotic hip-swaying dances like hula-dance moves from nature, spear throwing, rubbing sticks to create fire, climbing coconut trees barefooted, tribal tattooing, cooking in a fire pit, and more. Experience Hawaii’s only canoe pageant, then enjoy a relaxing canoe ride. Feast at the Ali’i Luau and be mesmerized by the spectacular evening show, ‘HA: Breath of Life.’

‘HA’ is the symbolic odyssey of an island warrior named Mana. His parents were washed ashore on an unknown island after escaping volcanic destruction. He was born into a new culture-taught and tested, including trial by fire to win the maiden he loved. He battled marauding invaders to protect his home and family. ‘HA’ is a saga of passion, ignited by fire, song, and dance. Told through traditional song and dance, fire-filled performances, dramatic special effects and the power of surround sound, the echoes of Polynesia will ring in your ears as Pacific Island traditions stir your soul.”

Honolulu is pronounced HONO-LULU,  not HANA-LULU.  Ukulele is pronounced UKU-LELE, not UKA-LELE.

“The Steel guitar is a type of guitar or the method of playing the instrument. It was developed in Hawaii in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a steel guitar is usually positioned horizontally; strings are plucked with one hand, while the other hand changes the pitch of one or more strings with the use of a bar or slide called a steel (generally made of metal, but also of glass or other materials). The term steel guitar is often mistakenly used to describe any metal body resophonic guitar.”

“The Ukulele is a member of the guitar family of instruments. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete, a small guitar-like instrument related to the cavaquinho, braguinha and the rajao, taken to Hawaii by Portugese immigrants. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.”

Music selection and photos by Sharon Abella.

Write up complements of “The Polynesian Cultural Center” and “Wikipedia”

Transportation: I took the Local Bus #55 which goes around the entire island for $2.50 and offers a 2 hour transfer, and the PCC offers a shuttlebus from Waikiki for approximately $20.00 each way.

Groceries: I went to Foodland and only spent $125.00 for the entire week.

The 30th Anniversary of The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Article by Sharon Abella, One World Cinema

December 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Pro-surfers, celebrities, tourists, and locals alike flock to the North Shore from Nov 12th to December 20th provided the surf’s up, the swell is good, the waves are barreling, and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is up and running.  This is the Superbowl of Surfing.

Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week ‘holding period’ within which to run, requiring just 4-5 days of excellent surf to be completed. Support your favorite surfers; Sebastien Zietz, John John Florence, Ramzi Boukhaim, Kolohe Andino, Tanner Hendrickson, Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning, Chris Ward, and many others, as they shred their stuff at the Reef Hawaiian Pro (Haleiwa), the Vans World Cup of Surfing (Sunset Beach from November 25th to December 6th), and the Billabong Pipe Masters (Banzai Pipeline, December 8th to 20th, 2012).

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For more dets: http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com

The event is Free to attend and watch from the beach, bleachers, or live stream.

Article and photos by Sharon Abella


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