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Gordy Grundy

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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.

Marriott Gets Bullish on Content Marketing and New Talent Is Grabbing the Horns, Part II

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
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In Los Angeles, artist Malakai was bopping through Facebook. His parents know him as Daniel Cabrera but the street knows him as Malakai. He saw a post that David Beebe had taken a position as Vice President of Creative and Content Marketing for Marriott International. Cool. Malakai knows that guy.

Marriott Gets Bullish on Content Marketing and New Talent Is Grabbing the Horns, Part I

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
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Content Marketing demands great skill and subtlety. I am grateful when Pillsbury offers me a new recipe, but helpful tips on cleaning the bowl are too much. Like a progressive parent hovering over their only child, Content Marketing is a delicate balance of good advice and harassment.

Book Merchandising Tips for the Self-Publishing Author

Gordy Grundy | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
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Authors tend to believe that their work has the potential to redefine literature and become a bestseller. This blinder will see a book to conclusion, but it will not aid the marketing and merchandising process. When presentation is everything, objectivity must be the transcendent mantra.

Self-Publishing and the DIY Doom

Gordy Grundy | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
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Publishing a book is a wild tangle of creative, legal and business decisions. Many things are ideal to DIY; heart surgery, nuclear fusion and self-publishing are not among them.

Who Is Building the Honolulu Biennial?

Gordy Grundy | Posted 12.13.2014 | Hawaii
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The Honolulu Biennial arrives a time when global art sales climb a record peak of over $66 billion dollars. A biennial is an international art exhibition that appears every two years. The work is contemporary, an expression of the here and now.

Monkey Shines at the Modern Honolulu With Iron Chef Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim

Gordy Grundy | Posted 11.08.2014 | Hawaii
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At the Modern Honolulu, Study Hall guests were first served a Negroni, a classic yet difficult cocktail. Their hospitality was laced with evangelism. Adou-Ganim leapt to the pulpit and converted the flock with his passion and enthusiasm for the 1919 Italian creation.

Arielle Caputo Is on the Front Lines of Teen Suicide

Gordy Grundy | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
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In our times of great uncertainty and powerlessness, Arielle Caputo took action for the needy in the most admirable way. She does not have the luxury to write a check. Instead, she simply and humbly produced good deeds, which began to ripple far and wide.

Riding the Big Wave With Celebrity Tattooist Megan Massacre

Gordy Grundy | Posted 10.03.2014 | Entertainment
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Celebrity tattooist Megan Massacre is riding high. While surfing requires the luck of a beautiful wave of proportionate speed and shape, the surfer must grace the undulation with skill, timing and great dexterity. The success of Megan Massacre is a beautiful confluence.

Finding the Fine Arts Dialogue in Hawai'i

Gordy Grundy | Posted 08.24.2014 | Hawaii
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Hello art lovers. As everyone knows, Hawai'i is a fertile land for artists. I cannot think of a better place to make art. The rampant growth and renewal parallels an equally aggressive death and decay; both unrelenting actions are inspirations that make great art