HONOLULU Posts

“Methanogens once ruled the earth — until the great oxygen catastrophe.”

Former science teacher and practicing artist Justin Davies delves into the mythical “will-o’-the-wisp” atmospheric ghost lights seen at night over bogs and swamps. In “Fire from the Breathless Muck” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 22, Justin gives us a scientific history of methane, oxygen, and carbons.

“Hawaiian eruptions sometimes produce these spectacular fountains…”

Specialist in Geology and Geophysics Scott Rowland has a hot, incandescent love for lava. In “Lava Flows” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 22 he speaks about his research he’s done on both fresh flows and and older volcanos, and how lava has affected the residents of the Hawaiian islands.

“At the end of their lives, these stars celebrated their achievements by hurling life-giving elements into space, in a gently expanding display of intense, nebula beauty.”

Retired Professor of Astronomy from the University of Hawaii Gareth Wynn-Williams speaks about the stars and the universe. In “Fire & Sky & Life” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 22, Gareth shows us what 34 years of fantastic astronomy lectures results in.

Alison Beste uses light to examine the relationship between artificial and natural constructs.

Artist and photographer Alison Beste’s work explores the boundaries between the built and natural world through the use of light effects on the ocean horizon. In “Shedding Light on Paradise” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 20, Alison speaks about light from cities, vessels, and beacons as powerful metaphors for the ways we interact, manage, and attempt to control our environment.

Once upon a new moon, the sun finds itself slowly getting obstructed.

Physicist at the University of Hawaii Shadia Habbal’s love for the Sun has taken her across the globe, always trying to unveil its our star’s secrets. In “Unveiling the Beauty of the Sun” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 21 she speaks of eclipses, corona, sunspots, plasmoids, and solar wind.

How can Hawaii become the model agricultural society for the world?

Josh Lanthier-Welch gives a great crash-course on the agricultural history of the Hawaiian islands. The islands went from feeding being self-sufficient to entirely reliant on imports.

In "Beyond Eating Local: Using History as a Guide to a New Food Security" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 18, Josh shows us how the Hawaiians can once again utilise their lush volcanic farmland to return themselves to a sustainable, self-sufficient agricultural society.


"If I cut it right, I can get a blue star sapphire with six rays down to the edge."

Brenda Reichel talks about lapidary art, which learned from her grandparents, she is a trained bench jeweler, and current president of GIA, Graduate Gemologists.

In "On the Cutting Edge" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 19, she talks about an importance of cutting stones by hand and shows different tools that are used to cut stones in order to make them look beautiful.

Hauntings by anthropomorphised genitalia are not outside the ordinary in Japanese erotic art.

Stephen Salel is the Robert F. Lange Research Associate for Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and co-curator of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga. In "Six Minutes of Sex" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 17, he speaks about the Japanese shunga art and history of sexuality in Japan by showing paintings related to sex. 

Pow-wow is a term referring to a gathering, a meeting of some sort. But to artist Jasper Wong, it means so much more.

Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW!WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, and mural projects. In "POW! and WOW!" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 18, Jasper tells the story of POW!WOW!'s inception in Hong Kong, the struggles he had in getting this amazing artist collective event together, the fruits of his yearly labor, and future plans.


Another round of great press coverage for PechaKucha, this time coming by way of The Huffington Post, with a piece that focuses on the PechaKucha Night series in Honolulu, while also touching on the overall global phenomenon that is PechaKucha.

Ideas can be sexy, especially on a warm night in Hawai'i with the winds gently gusting after a soft rain. In the lee of the majestic Honolulu Museum of Art School, an outdoor auditorium had been created with an inflatable screen. Over a hundred thinkers had gathered to ponder new thoughts and images in the PechaKucha way.

Read the full article here.

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