ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
From the hip
Advertiser Staff and News Services
In the good old days, boys and girls would meet for a date at the ice cream parlor and sip on milkshakes or share an ice cream sundae. Tweak the decor, modify the ice cream recipe, and you get a modern-day hangout. Yogurtland, across from the University of Hawaiçi-Mänoa campus, is a stylish, brightly lit spot that offers an array of flavorful, non-fat and low-fat frozen yogurt choices, along with a topping bar. With flavors like green tea, taro, mango and vanilla tart, and toppings like cookie dough, fresh berries, nuts and chocolate sauce, it’s a sweet spot for a date or a snack for 35 cents an ounce. Yogurtland,
1810 University Ave.; 951-4444, www.yogurt-land.com.
— Lacy Matsumoto
Before co-founding TV on the Radio with David Sitek, Tunde Adebimpe dabbled in filmmaking.
His cinematic sensibilities coupled with Sitek’s atmospheric production skills birthed one of America’s most consistently fascinating and critically beloved bands. The Brooklyn quintet’s latest record, “Dear Science,” is one of the year’s best: a genre-bending mash-up that moves from glitchy electro to swoony, string-laden balladry.
“Dear Science,” is full of vivid, evocative songs spanning a range of emotions, not the least of which is relative happiness.
“We wanted to make a record that just moved differently than the last record,” Adebimpe says. “We loosely talked about making a dance record — it’s definitely more upbeat. I guess we’re all out of bad feelings.”
— Preston Jones, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
WHERE THE BOYS ARE
When you hear “sports bar,” you may think, “poorly lit, dirty dive bar with a color TV and beer on tap.” But Champion’s Sports Bar and Grill transcends the genre — it’s clean, neither too dark nor too bright, and its flat-screen TVs, stylish interior design, and spacious VIP rooms set it apart from the pack. The püpü menu adds to the attraction, with local favorites like kalbi and poke and standard bar foods like french fries and chicken wings; prices range from $4 to $18.
Expect a crowd of akamai townies in their 20s and 30s, mostly guys, ready for some game action.
A major perk: free valet; but keep in mind that on game nights, you’ll want to get there early to reserve your seating. Champions Sports Bar and Grill, 1108 Keçeaumoku St.; 596-8878.
Hawaiian, local, kamaçäina — what does it really mean to be a local in Hawaiçi? At Koa Art Gallery at Kapiçolani Community College, the “Local Motive” art exhibit features a group of artists who were born and grew up here: Russell Sunabe, Chuck Souza, Maile Yawata and Kazu Kauinana. The sculpture, pop culture pieces and oil paintings acknowledge the beauty of the Hawaiian land and touch on Island-style racial integration; Kauinana’s piece is an ode to barbecuing in Kapiçolani Park, and Yawata’s face masks depict local youth. Note: The show is only up until Saturday, so make sure to take a peek soon. Koa Art Gallery, Kapiçolani Community College; 734-9374, http://koagallery.kcc.hawaii.edu.
SALES & BARGAINS
• Head over to “it” restaurant Town in Kaimukï for cocktails, püpü and some Pua Jewelry shopping today, starting at 5 p.m. You’ll want to arrive early, as there are lots of one-of-a-kind pieces. Shell rings are back; look here, too, for bezel-set cowries, puka shells and lots of 14k gold and silver bangles. Designer Lauren Hewitt will even make custom order bangles for those who bring in their own pearls and shells to be attached. Elegant and simple pieces abound, starting at $25 for cute shell earrings. Don’t miss out! Town, 3435 Wai‘alae Ave.; 735-5900.
• So you’ve got your eyes on a pair of cute Marc Jacobs heels, a Botkier bag and Milly dress, just waiting for them to go on sale. … What if a friend e-mailed you exactly when your digs went on sale in your size so you wouldn’t have to keep scouting the racks? That’s exactly what shopittome.com does. Enter the brands you like, your size, and poof: The service scours retailers such as Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Bloomingdales and Zappos, and sends you a “salemail” that lets you know where those items are on sale. Best of all, it’s free.
• With “change” on the way, you may be feeling more open to spending a little extra change on fun stuff. Only if it’s on sale, of course — and Nordstrom has just announced its fall sale, with 40 percent off clothes, shoes and accessories. Nordstrom, Ala Moana Center; 953-6100, www.nordstrom.com.
— Pualana Lemelle
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