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Gordy Grundy

HULA MOON; Vol. XXVI: There's Nothing More Boring Than A Surf Film

Gordy Grundy | Posted 10.06.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

The wild changes in the short history of the modern surf culture are widely debated, evidenced and documented, yet little has been written about the humor of the lifestyle. As the concept of the surf film was evolving, it must be noted that laughs and comedy gags were an integral part of the new medium.

HULA MOON; Vol. XXV: Rough Waters at the Roughwater; Swim With Mike

Gordy Grundy | Posted 09.11.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

With great respect to our responsibilities, I had curtailed early the shenanigans from the night before. Unlike my friend Dave, who perked up for a swan dive at 12:30 AM into the debaucheries of Honolulu's Chinatown. Last night, he had the look of a man possessed. Surely, he would be having a difficult time at the race this morning.

Wet and Loud: The History of Humor in the Surf Film

Gordy Grundy | Posted 09.02.2015 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

The wild changes in the short history of the modern surf culture are widely debated, evidenced and documented, yet little has been written about the h...

"Skin Wars: Fresh Paint" Challenges Real Art Critic Mat Gleason

Gordy Grundy | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint needed a new, fresh face. As a compliment to the glamorous whirlwind of RuPaul, the show needed the anchor of a respected aesthete. Fine art critics are not easy to find. Producers Michael Levitt and Jill Goularte went hunting on the internet.

HULA MOON, Vol. XXIV: Old Farts and Surfing Legends

Gordy Grundy | Posted 08.19.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

Such an august panel is to be cherished, for time is fleeting. The ancient legends will soon give way to the Baby Boomer legends and they to the X, Y and Z Generation legends. I shudder to think of the panel of the future Millennial.

HULA MOON Vol. XXIII: Hawai'i Pulp Fiction; I Wish I Thought of That

Gordy Grundy | Posted 07.30.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

Yes. It's true. In Hawai'i, everyone has six or seven jobs going at one time. It's the least you can do to scratch out a meager existence. Anything less, and you are popping a tent in a park.

Lana Del Rey, Queen of Los Angeles, Cuts Deep Into L.A. Noir

Gordy Grundy | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

The chorus of violins weep and cry in the first stanza of Lana Del Rey's new single Honeymoon. Within seconds, I am reminded of Jerry Goldsmith's unforgettable score from Roman Polanski's Chinatown and I was overwhelmed by nostalgia.

HULA MOON Vol. XXI: Together in the Dark with Shakespeare; Keiki or Canine?

Gordy Grundy | Posted 07.17.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

I had a great time. I am not sure what I saw, but I loved it. I laughed loudly at least once every minute. Life, and entertainment, rarely gets better than that.

HULA MOON Vol. XX: The Thoroughbreds Of The Honolulu Biennial; 13 Artists Bare It All; The MacFarlane's Royal Roost

Gordy Grundy | Posted 07.08.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

I am laying my money down. The Honolulu Biennial is going to be a huge success and a great boon to the state. The well-established concept has all of the right elements of innovation, location and brilliance for international art world support, a universe I know much about, hence my bet.

HULA MOON Vol. XIX: Light of Life in the Lantern Ceremony; A Hawai'i Hippie Horror Story

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.30.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

In our times, as we give more and more of our souls to our handheld machines, we humans are walking away from our core selves and the very existence of our being.

HULA MOON Vol. XVIII: Duke Kahanamoku and the Great Rescue of 1925; My Two Dukes; A Slap Upside The Head

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.23.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

On June 14, 1925, a chubasco, an unexpected swift and violent squall, came barreling through Southern California, specifically Newport Beach. A chubasco is a very intemperate storm, shocking in its violence and strength.

Hippie Noir, Laguna Beach 1969: Orange Sunshine and the Mystic Arts World

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

There are times when an art movement quietly documents the heart and soul of the much louder story of history that surrounds it.

HULA MOON Vol. XVII: Secret Smoke Spots of Stoner Barry, Part I; Rain Without a Cloud in the Sky; Manoa Chocolate and Sweet Economic Drivers

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.16.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

The beauty of the panoramic view can only be described in elaborate poetic terms, a task I will leave to others. High in the hills above Honolulu, a short walk onto a vast lawn will present a beautiful view of Diamond Head.

HULA MOON Vol. XVI: Jake Shimabukuro and the Shining Symphony; My Fascist Hawai'i Landlord, Case No. 17; Hawai'i Chocolate

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.12.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

In this life, there are great shining moments. Two weeks ago, the guy just had his second kid, another boy. At this time, his job is also demanding his heart and soul, 24/7.

HULA MOON Vol. XV: Tax The Aloha; Sam's Serenade; My Mynah Squawks On The Vintage Cave

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.08.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

Recently, Hollywood coughed up a hairball of a romantic comedy. It is set on the Hawai'i islands and it is titled "Aloha."

HULA MOON Vol. XIV: The Mystery of Artist Masami Teraoka; The Modern Art Volcanists of Hawai'i

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Hawaii
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His talent is unbelievable and incredible and worthy of our rapt attention. Not only is his technical skill exemplary, his interests and ideas are smart, fascinating, entertaining and with varying degrees of humor. He is a quiet warrior.

Experts Answer "Why Isn't Masami Teraoka More Famous?!"

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

The art world is a swiftly flowing river. The currents shove every artist along, indiscriminately, at a fast clip. A few pass by twice while most flow through only once. Sometimes, an artist can get lodged along the riverbank, snagged onto a hold. Sometimes that "new land" grows into a promontory.

HULA MOON Vol. XIII: Once 5 Minutes, Now an Hour. Sweet Economic Drivers, Part 1: All Aloha, Almost All the Time

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.26.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

A few heads bobbed in agreement. This meeting was like all of the monthly breakfast meetings of the Greater Hawai'i Economic Think Tank And Drinking Society. Brilliant business ideas were flung into the air like clay pigeons, only to be shotgunned down in small pieces.

HULA MOON Vol. XII: Graphic Artist Dies and Hawai'i Mourns; Goodbye to Aloha?; Gallery HNL and Kristen Chan; Hula Moon Pint + Jigger

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.13.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

The familiar Googie-styled "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign is iconic and instantly recognizable. The designer Betty Willis has recently passed away.The Welcome sign was installed in 1959 where it has been welcoming Hawaii people ever since.

LA's Perennial Postmodern Provocateur​ Victoria Looseleaf

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

Victoria Looseleaf is an LA icon. She is and always has been a whirling dervish, part smart dance critic and part madcap doyenne. She is an award-winning arts journalist whose bright sparks explode into fireworks.

HULA MOON Vol. XI: Phaidon Drinks Pussy Riot Vodka; Kamehameha Waltzing Through Life; Lanikai Blues

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

Give a little Aloha. Get a little Aloha. A buddy and I are flattered to be included in a new book by Phaidon Press, the glam publisher of all things tasteful.

HULA MOON, Vol. IX: Misa Tupou and the Blooming O'ahu Fringe Festival; My Fascist Hawai'i Landlord: Case Number 13

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.29.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

Misa Tupou and the Blooming O'ahu Fringe Festival The strength and heritage of the past and the hopes and energy of the future determine our present....

HULA MOON, Vol. VIII: The Universal Perspective Upon the Altar of Mauna Kea; Hawai'i Homeless Dinner Theater

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.22.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

Mauna Kea is indeed sacred and a monument to the spiritual reverence and belief system of a people. These values and ideals are clearly alive. This conscience can be found in most cultures and world religions. The integrity of Mauna Kea is universal.

HULA MOON, Vol. VII: Mark Blackburn, Bonhams and GalleryHNL; Pow! Wow! Wow! Wow!; Taimane Gardner Versus the Gods of Wind and Rain

Gordy Grundy | Posted 06.15.2015 | Hawaii
Gordy Grundy

Carolyn and Mark Blackburn recently hosted a swank soiree in the lush Garden Courtyard of the Halekulani. Ostensibly, the event promised an Asian Art lecture (and sales pitch) by Bonhams auction house.

Cirque de la Symphonie Flies High With The Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.30.2015 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

"Ladies and Gentlemen!" The orchestra rose to their feet as the last of their bold notes danced off the curved walls and undulated ceiling of the concert hall. "Ladies and gentlemen!" exclaimed Stuart Chafetz with a showman's bravado.