No Aloha

Makalahilahi Point
[Makalahilahi Point, filtered with photo app after the fact]

I don’t understand all the hoopla over the movie Aloha. I have not seen the movie but then, neither had anyone else when this all started. It seems because the main character looked too haole (white) and not Hawai’ian enough, it was deemed a bad movie. What these people don’t seem to understand is that that is part of the movie’s premise.

There was also a lot said over the use of the word Aloha itself, although it has been pointed out that anyone can open a business of any ilk (pest control, escort service) and call it Aloha-Whatever and it’s okay.

The same people bashing the movie Aloha swoon over Hawaii Five-0. Now it seems to me that H50 is nothing about what life is actually like in Hawaii. We don’t have police shoot-outs every week and there aren’t crazy car chases in Waikiki (well, maybe that one).

Even worse, they film only in the best of the best neighborhoods. You will never ever see Steve McGarrett driving down Dillingham Blvd. or Waialae Avenue. They just aren’t glitzy enough. But it’s where us real locals live. And work. And drive.

So what I see is that Cameron Crowe made an honest movie about honest people and Hawaii Five-0 makes glitz. And because Crowe was honest, he gets knocked around for it.


The Jeep Wave Saga Continues…

[Jurassic Park Jeep, photo from]

Since the original Jeep Wave post has been pulled, several other posts have popped up in its place. My favorite so far is the Jurassic Park Jeeps. They don’t wave.

I guess there are four or six of these Jeeps on the Island. They film the movies here, after all, and are currently in production on the fourth one. I saw one of the Jeeps several weeks ago and my thought was, ‘They have doors. They’re Dino-wussies.’

If there’s a T-Rex on my tail, I can jump right out of my Jeep and get away. They’d have to stop and open a door first. Yep, Dino-bait. And I bet they don’t wave at the dinosaur either…



Waikiki Sunset

“Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s lonely man.”
— Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle inTaxi Driver (1976)

I have never seen Taxi Driver. Now I must…

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Photo: Sunset, Waikiki

Action Movies vs Chick Flicks…

Paraglider over Makapu'u Beach

Is it so bad that, being a woman, I prefer action movies to chick flicks? I recently had a conversation with a man – someone I was just getting to know – and when the topic of movies came up he was floored that I prefer action/adventure over romance. So much so, that he kept going back to the subject.

“The Notebook?” “Nope, never seen it.”
(later) “I can’t believe you like action movies.”
(later still) “You really don’t like chick flicks???”

The way he kept coming back to the subject I got the feeling he thought I was less of a woman for not liking romances.

It’s not that I don’t like them. I just prefer action, adventure, thrillers, mysteries, even documentaries. These movies keep my brain engaged while romances just make me feel like I’m missing out on something.


Photo: Paraglider over Makapu’u Beach