HILUXURY - Hawaii Luxury Magazine http://www.hiluxury.com Luxury Living In Hawaii Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:28:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Serenity now http://www.hiluxury.com/serenity-now/ http://www.hiluxury.com/serenity-now/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:16:38 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=11998 A special kind of magic comes to life in this home that brings together old and new while mixing in worldwide travel treasures.

Amerjit Ghag and husband Larry Heim first discovered what would become their beloved Nu’uanu home while on a neighborhood stroll through the Dowsett area.

“When we lived on Old Pali Road, Larry and I would walk down to this neighborhood and enjoy all the old homes,” Ghag explains. “We always admired this house, because it looked modest from the street and had an air of mystery.”
In the home's foyer, a sofa set Amerjit found at Goodwill Iwilei, which she had re-upholstered. The stairwell is an addition to the historic home, leading to their renovation of a master bedroom suite Amerjit stands in the home's living room, which was created out of a once ramshackle enclosed porch area Amerjit's penchant design is found throughout the home: bold colors in the dining room, pillows are from her store, CHAI, are everywhere An opium bed becomes a reading nook in the living room. Breakfast is set in the home's interior courtyard, which captures morning light and views of the surrounding mountains. The exterior notched shingle work is original to the home's 1924 construction. HeimResidence_4514
When they heard it was going on the market, the Heims snapped it up, becoming the fifth owners of this historic home.

Built in 1924 by James D. Mulvehill, the son of a millionaire hat manufacturer, it was constructed for what now seems an extraordinarily low cost of $15,000. The architect, Robert G. Miller, is also recognized as one of the architects of Honolulu Hale.

“We had been looking all over for a pre-war house-Pacific Heights, Manoa, Nu’uanu,” Heim says. “We knew as soon as we came into this house, the way it unfolds and is spacious but not too much. This house had a magic to it. We fell in love right then.”

It was love at first sight, but the romance was not without its challenges.

“This place had great bones, but was in sad shape,” Ghag recalls.

After years as a rental, deferred maintenance took its toll, and ground termites settled.

“The ceiling beams had hellacious termite damage. I’ve seen all types of damage, but this termite damage was awe-inspiring,” Heim laughs. “People thought we were fools. It was a totally emotional thing.”

They conquered the termites, only to discover one corner of the house was sinking. But in the challenge of righting the house came the inspiration to convert a carelessly enclosed lanai into what has become a gathering place for their family: A peaceful living room, just off the kitchen, looking out to the Ko’olau Mountain Range.

“It was really important to keep the integrity of the house and not make it feel like an add-on, but that it was always here,” Ghag says.

While stabilizing the house, they modernized the kitchen and pushed up the roofline to create a new master bedroom suite, reusing materials wherever they could. They also made the happy discovery of original screen doors abandoned below the house, which now serve as part of their window looking out to the massive mountain apple tree in their lush garden.

They’ve kept the historic quality of their structure but filled it with an artful collection of pieces accumulated over years of travel and even garage sale and roadside discoveries.

Ghag’s family immigrated when she was a child from the Punjab area of Northern India to an agricultural community in California outside Yuba City. She brings Indian style to Honolulu at her boutique CHAI Studio at Ward Warehouse, and some of the pieces find their way back home.

“When I bring a special piece from CHAI Studio, it’s fun to see it mesh with everything else. I don’t hesitate to mix things like local art, a colorful cabinet from India, contemporary couches and ethnic textile pillows-everyone gets along in a special way.”

Returning from a hectic day of retail, Ghag treasures the quiet of their verdant Nu’uanu property.

“There is a certain sense of serenity that I get when I am home.”

“My favorite time is early morning,” Heim adds. “The birds start as soon as the light comes over the valley. As the light hits, the garden fills with these shadows. Then throughout the afternoon, this house is completely nap-able. And at night, the outside lighting hitting the house makes it feel like something different again. The house lives throughout the day.”

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Shower Power http://www.hiluxury.com/shower-power/ http://www.hiluxury.com/shower-power/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:06:05 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=12015 Charge the a.m. quotidian with strong shower products.

The most gallant male need not neglect his essential daily regimen. Take note that investing in proper beauty products marks intelligence not effeminacy. Whether to steam, scrub or soak, hardworking men deserve the ultimate shower experience. Luxurious and equally tenacious, HILuxury invites earnest misters to bathe in style and discover grooming tools made with men in mind. Here, science and Mother Nature have conjured water-powered wizardry to match and mix molecules into dynamic cleansing agents. So gentlemen, kick your shower routine into high gear with these testosterone-tailored tools.

Kiehl's Cross-Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash ($18) cleanses and conditions both body and hair. This versatile coconut, aloe vera, menthol, vitamin E and citrus oil wash is a gym bag's best companion. Available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Wash roughness away with Anthony Sea Kelp Body Scrub ($28). Gentle and nourishing, the scrub exfoliates with sea salt then soothes with sea kelp and aloe. Available at Sephora. Clinique for Men Aloe Shave Gel ($16) believes, "There's a science to look good." Thus, dermatological savants groomed a special men's product. Use before, during and after shaving to banish burn and blemishes. Available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Summon the powers of the Dead Sea to rouse skin and desquamate dirt. AHAVA Dead Sea PLANTS Smoothing Body Exfoliator ($28) touts an age-defying alchemy of plant extracts that purifies skin and activates circulation. Nourishing date kernels, antioxidant-activated grape seeds and naturally abrasive argan shells equate the formula's salt-derived cleansing agents. In black mud and volcanic lava power abide other Middle Eastern minerals constituting its Dead Sea MUD Gentle Body Exfoliator ($26), another character in AHAVA's Body Exfoliator Collection. Both products available at Nordstrom. Patented "Aquatron Water Technology" supercharges efficiency and absorption in Lab Series MAX LS Recharging Water Lotion ($40). Weightless and hydrating for hardened, dull skin, the anti-aging compound balances pH levels, tones, preps and protects. Available at T Galleria Hawaii by DFS. Sonic technology amplifies skin care with Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush ($225). Three customized speeds and trademark T-Timer guided cleansing cycles attune maxed-out morning routines. Available at www.clarisonic.com. ]]>
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Publisher’s Note http://www.hiluxury.com/publishers-note-2/ http://www.hiluxury.com/publishers-note-2/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:58 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=11881

Portrait by Leah Friel

Music. A universal language that holds no race, creed, color, gender, age or preference to whether you are married or single; it doesn’t care if you are gay or straight. Music can make you cry, make you laugh; it can make you tap your toes and kick your heels-it can even soothe your soul and lull you to sleep.

In Hawai’i we are blessed to live in a place where music is part of its culture and spirit, and with this-our seventh anniversary of HILuxury-we are privileged to hold conversations with such iconic musical geniuses as Mick Fleetwood, Michael McDonald, and of course, the legendary Willie Nelson.

I have many fond memories of growing up in San Francisco. The foghorn blaring at night, the smell of the brakes from the cable car grabbing the tracks, delicious dim sum in Chinatown, skipping school, walking across the bridge to go to Sausalito with my friends and catching a game at Candlestick with dad … it’s what you did when you grew up in the city.

Some of the city has changed, and some of it has not. Funny, as I grew older, all I could think about was moving away to Hawai’i, and now, thanks to frequent trips back and forth to San Francisco, everything has come full circle, as I now have the best of both worlds.

One of my most vivid childhood memories was the little bedroom closet. I shared it with my sister and it was crammed so tightly that it was impossible to get anything out, and the door never really shut. Thank heaven for people like Lisa Adams, owner of LA Closet Design-she shows us how to eliminate and organize closet space making use of every nook and cranny. It makes me wonder, what would she have done with my closet?

Another grand thing about San Francisco is the short drive to the wine country. Napa Valley, Sonoma, Russian River, St. Helena, Yountville- all in one place, producing lovely and delectable wines, yet each one is unique in its own right. In this current magazine (and in upcoming issues of HILuxury), our resident Master Sommelier, Roberto Viernes, educates us region by region, sharing his great knowledge of these remarkable localities.

We are grateful to all of our advertisers, without whom, we would not be able to put out such a fantastic magazine. To our loyal readers, keep the great comments coming, “like us” on Facebook and tweet our stories! Last but not least: A big, heartfelt thanks to my staff for all their hard work, and best of all-thank you for keeping me living to the beat of the music.

Live, love, laugh with aloha,

Linda Woo
Publisher

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When Three Stars Align http://www.hiluxury.com/three-stars-align/ http://www.hiluxury.com/three-stars-align/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:53 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=12054 Music legends Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood and Michael McDonald continue to rock on.

Stars don’t always come out when you want them to-even out here under pacific-blue skies. Sometimes it takes gentle breezes of persistence and patience to chase away the clouds and ambient light until you’re finally alone with these luminous beings.

That’s how it is with stars, you know? Everyone wants a piece of their brilliance. So, when you’re assigned to catch not just one but three of them, it can feel like a Maui-the-Hawaiian-demi god-sized task just to lasso these incandescent giants long enough to slow their streak across the Milky Way, and convince them to stop and give you a twinkling of their time.

Fleetwood at his home on Maui photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty images the musician in his earlier Fleetwood Mac days (photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns) playing his bongos on the beach in Lahaina (photos by Tony Novak-Clifford). photo by Danny Clinch Michael McDonald. photo by Danny Clinch Scenes from a life. Nelson is a musician, songwriter, singer, author and advocate In addition to music, Mick Fleetwood has an enduring fascination with fine automobiles photo by Tijana Graham WILLIE NELSON ©David McClister, all photos, courtesy Shock Ink). ©David McClister, all photos, courtesy Shock Ink). Willie Nelson. Honolulu
Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell Mick Fleetwood. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by FL Morris

Of course, the stars we’re talking about here are ones with more salt in their beards than pepper. But Michael McDonald, Mick Fleetwood and Willie Nelson, who’ve been tickling ivories, banging on bongos or trading guitar licks with others for more than four decades, still have plenty of shine left in them. They’re not burning out, and they’re definitely not fading away. Thanks to the millions of albums sold in their respective R&B, rock and country careers, these hardworking musicians continue to be light years ahead of most of their contemporaries in terms of longevity and overall legacy. And because they occupy a part of the Hawai’i sky scape, either as full- or part-time residents of the Valley Isle, the trio was the natural choice to receive starring roles in this all-men’s edition of HILuxury.

Still, the process of reaching them was slow and lengthy; months of requests by email followed by even more months of phone calls and text messages to their managers, publicists and personal assistants, even close friends, had led to nowhere fast. Persistence and patience were needed because, at times, the silence coming from the artists’ camps felt like doing a pre-concert sound check in an empty cosmos: Testing one, two, three. Is anyone out there? Can anyone hear me?!

And then, suddenly, a signal from the distant reaches of the galaxy. McDonald, Fleetwood and Nelson had graciously decided to step away from their hectic schedules of studio recordings and live performances to grant the long-awaited interviews. Finally, the stars were aligned and all was right again in the HILuxury universe. And for that, we thank our lucky stars.

★★★

Somewhere back in his long ago, long before he became a household name as a member of the Doobie Brothers, MICHAEL MCDONALD caught a flight to O’ahu with a popular jazz/rock outfit that he often performed backing vocals and keyboard duties for, and promptly fell hard for his new surroundings. It was McDonald’s first visit to the islands, but it would certainly not be the last for this sentimental fool of a songwriter-not after his Honolulu-blue eyes caught a glimpse of the celestial canopy above and, in one of his life’s most pleasurable moments, it became forever seared in his memory.

“I was in town with Steely Dan for a concert at the old HIC, and found myself walking out on a beach, located away from the lights of the city, looking up and saying to myself, I’ve never seen so many stars before in my life!’” McDonald recalls. “My sense then was there was something magical about this place.”

In the many years that followed, he would come back for more sips of these tropics and dips into their magic, often renting a place near Baby Beach in Lahaina, Maui for his wife, Amy, and their two children, and making regular jaunts to nearby Puamana for surf sessions. Perhaps because he felt that renting demonstrated a lack of commitment, McDonald would form a more permanent bond with the island by eventually purchasing a place there.

That was three years ago. Today McDonald still owns a home on the Valley Isle, but spends most of his time in Santa Barbara, Calif., the perfect midway point between Lahaina and Nashville, where son Dylan resides and pursues a career in music. The elder McDonald continues to tour year-round, performing his catalog of blue-eyed soul/soft rock favorites for fans both young and old. But although he’s still able to fill venues, even he admits it’s getting tougher to be a force on the road. “I’m an older musician in a world that’s really a young man’s game,” he confesses. “I have to look for an edge on a day-to-day basis.”

At his career’s zenith in the late ’70s to mid-’80s, McDonald needed no edge whatsoever. His touch was almost Midas-like with the way his songs-whether done as a Doobie, as a solo artist or in duet fashion with James Ingram and Patti LaBelle-would often go straight to gold. Indeed, radio stations could not seem to get enough of his unmistakably husky, baritone voice during those glory years.

Maybe it’s a good thing then that the Missouri-born artist chose to pattern his singing style after some of the all-time great vocalists. As an up-and-coming musician in the late ’60s, he honed his chops with several Top 40-type bands in the St. Louis area before eventually settling on his own unique sound and heading for L.A., determined to make it big.

“All singers go on a journey,” says the five-time Grammy Award winner. “For me, I was kind of an emulator at first. As a kid, I wanted to sing like Ray Charles, James Brown, Marvin Gaye. When I did a Marvin Gaye song or a Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ song, I would try to mimic their sensibilities and singing style to get as close to what they sounded like on the record. Sure, it sounds goofy, but at the same time it was very much an education and the process wound up serving me well.”

Well enough to make him a star among musicians as well as afford him a part-time home under skies filled with stardust magic. It’s a home he longs to visit again once he’s able to put the brakes on a fast-moving touring schedule.

“Puamana is still my spot,” says McDonald, who even now at age 62 sports a full mane of hair and a goatee, except that they’re of the snowy white variety. “When I die, I want them to throw my ashes there, because that’s where I’ve spent many of my most pleasant moments in life.”

★★★

It’s not every day that a junkie rolls out of bed prepared to flaunt his addiction to anyone in sight, but MICK FLEETWOOD is someone who’s always more than happy to oblige. Between the time the sun rises above Haleakala and the stars come out over ‘Iao Valley, the British-born drummer known for his hyperactive ways and wild rock ‘n’ roll days is often found firing things up and inhaling that sweet Maui air. Even his dear old mum loves being a part of his fast-paced addiction. Fleetwood’s life, it seems, has always been about the roll.

Welcome to the highly addictive world of celebrities and their car collections. Strewn across a handful of his properties from Kula to Napili is Fleetwood’s impressive fleet of motorcars, which includes Model A Fords, Ferraris, twin-turbo Porsches and BMW 750s. Of the latter, he owns not just one but three of these gleaming models. “I’m a BMW freak!” he admits. Of course, these rides are not just for show-they’re for ‘go’ every day of the week. On Sundays, for example, Fleetwood can be found forcing his 6-foot, 6-inch frame into a 1933 Austin 7-a tiny perambulator of an old English car he’s owned since he was a young man wreaking

havoc on the streets of London-just so that he can take his 97-year-old mother, Biddy, on open-top rides and lunch dates in. It’s still his favorite automobile to this day, having earned the nickname “Lettuce Leaf ” for its racing green color.

“That car actually remained in England for years at the house of my ex-brother-in-law, Eric Clapton,” explains Fleetwood, who was once married to Jenny Boyd, the sister of Pattie Boyd who was once wife to first George Harrison and later Clapton. “One day about 10 years ago, Eric called me up and said, ‘Hey, Mick, you’ve still got your car here. What do you want me to do with it?’ And I said, ‘Oh, my god-it’s still there?!’ The poor car had been sitting in an apple orchard with birds nesting in it! So I had it shipped over to Hawai’i and refurbished.”

Whether talking about his very first vehicle, a taxi cab he purchased from a London neighbor for 12 pounds, his oil-leaking Jaguar XJ-120 that nearly killed him after the transmission fell out while he was bombing down a motorway in England, or a little Deux Chevaux that carried all his supplies during a brief period in his 20s when he seriously considered leaving music to become a window cleaner or painter, it’s clear that motorcars are an important part of Fleetwood’s makeup. It’s also a habit he doesn’t plan on kicking anytime soon. “I’ve had cars that I probably should have unloaded a long time ago, but I just can’t. That’s what car lovers do, you know? They’re addicted. But I suppose that’s an addiction I can be thankful for.”

Older and wiser (and quite fittingly looking more Gandalf-like) these days, Fleetwood passes much of his time in careful reflection as he approaches his 67th birthday. A good portion of his life has been spent in total abandon with well-documented substance abuse battles, but age and experience have tempered his conduct in recent years. He pours a lot of time into outside ventures, including the launch of his own wine line and his return to restaurant ownership with Fleetwood’s on Front Street in Lahaina. “I look at the restaurant as a long-term plan,” says Fleetwood, whose first foray into the food industry business did not go so well. “It’s a way that I can be really active as a person. I love being around people.” He loves it so much, that the restaurant hosts a Hawaiian blessing each night on its rooftop for employees and diners. “It’s not really a touristy thing because it’s really poetic and really heartfelt,” he says of the ceremony. “But it’s my way of saying the islands changed me years ago.”

The man with the infectious mouth-agape drumming style discovered Hawai’i in the mid-’70s, shortly after adding guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks to a lineup that included John McVie and his then-wife, Christine, on bass and keyboards/ vocals, respectively. That incarnation of Fleetwood Mac (the first was formed in 1967 with blues-rock guitarist Peter Green, who abhorred the spotlight and chose to name the band after its rhythm section of fellow group founder Fleetwood and McVie) went on to produce one of the biggest-selling albums of all time in Rumours. It’s also the lineup that recently reunited following Christine McVie’s decision to rejoin the band after a 16-year absence from the business.

“We’re thrilled to be a reformed five-piece band,” says Fleetwood of the group, which will be embarking on a world tour this fall. “With Christine’s decision to return, it’s like having the final piece of our crazy puzzle put back together again.”

As for Hawai’i, it’s become more than just a place for Fleetwood to, as he says, “come and lick my wounds.” He still resides in the same home in Napili that he bought from John McVie years ago, and doesn’t plan on changing full-time residency any time soon.

“Life is good,” he says. “When things appear to be a little down, we in Hawai’i have a lot to be grateful for. We’re blessed to be living in one of the most beautiful places on this planet.”

★★★

It’s difficult to imagine WILLIE NELSON ever calling any tract of land home, particularly since he spends so much time aboard a tour bus called the Honeysuckle Rose IV and his only apparent stops happen when he’s singing to his legion of followers about forever wanting “to get back on the road again.”

But when the Honeysuckle does pull over and park for long periods of time, Nelson is more than happy to disembark and head to his home on Maui, which remains no ka’oi in the heart of this beloved music maverick. It’s where his sons, Lukas and Micah, were raised in a mostly eco-friendly community on the island’s north shore; where one of his regular hangouts, Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon, is located in Paia; and where he enjoys one of his favorite pastimes: hosting poker games with good buddies and fellow Hollywood stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson.

It’s also the place where this American and country music icon, who’s played in just about every arena, concert hall, club and saloon around the world but is obviously in the twilight of his career, would likely retire-except for the simple fact that he can’t see himself ever stepping off the stage for good. “I still enjoy traveling on the Honeysuckle Rose and playing music in front of crowds,” says Nelson, 81. “Why would I ever want to quit?”

Why, indeed, since his prodigious talent for writing memorable melodies continues to please his fan base and win over new converts to country music each year? He began composing poems and putting them to music at an age when most children are still learning the basics of writing.

Yet despite his youth, Nelson persisted in crafting honest tales†of his own life’s experiences and putting them to song-a process he once referred to as “three chords and the truth”-because the music was therapeutic in helping him cope with life growing up during the Great Depression in Abbott, Texas, and also because, as he puts it, “The songs seemed not too bad.”

Nelson is being modest. Fact is, his compositions would go on to become the stuff of legend. In the past six decades, his massive catalog of recorded ditties numbers in the thousands and includes classics such as “Always On My Mind,” “On The Road Again,” “Crazy” (made famous by Patsy Cline) and “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” His style of country music and highly distinguishable nasal-sounding voice were born out of the sub-genre known as outlaw country, which despised the overproduced sound and clean-cut image coming out of Nashville in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but embraced the things that Nelson often celebrated: hard drinking and loving, and long hair and jeans. But even though Nelson cleared his throat on this style of country with the release of “Shotgun

Willie” in 1973 and his star rose to unfathomable heights with the coming of the critically acclaimed concept album “Red Headed Stranger” the year after, he’s never put on airs about his vocal abilities. Singing, he explains, was always the third notch on his belt.

“I know who the real singers are,” he says, citing Frank Sinatra and Ray Price among those he most admires. “But I’ve always seen myself as more of a writer and guitar player than as a singer.”

Today, Nelson sounds much like he did decades ago, championing such causes as the legalization of marijuana while unapologetically continuing to roll and smoke his share of fatties on a daily basis. “Stress is still one of the biggest killers out there and marijuana is one of the best ways to relax,” says Nelson, who quit smoking cigarettes in the ’80s. “I think it’s high time people accept the fact that marijuana is not a drug-it’s an herb that God put here. And if he put it here, who’s to say that God is wrong?”

He even looks the same, sporting a red bandana, a ragged beard and his trademark long hair braided into Pocahontas-like pigtails-the latter touching a raw nerve in so many people early on in his career that the ever-rebellious Nelson says, “I figured it was worth doing.” Even his instrument of choice-a 1969 Martin N-20 nylon-string guitar that he calls “Trigger”-remains its same battered self, although the gash between the instrument’s bridge and sound hole has grown in size over the years.

More importantly, Nelson is still producing the type of music the country world embraces. His latest album, “To All the Girls…,” showcases many prominent country singers, but also includes a track in which he trades lines with fellow Maui resident and singer Lily Meola. The album also features a stanza that best sums up the way millions of country music fans feel about the man who’s affectionately and simply known as Willie:

I would blow you a kiss from the star where I sat

I would call out your name to echo through the vast

Thank heaven for you and to God, tip my hat

From here to the moon and back.

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Soleil Shields http://www.hiluxury.com/soleil-shields/ http://www.hiluxury.com/soleil-shields/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:51 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=12027 Luxe sun products to protect and perfect.

Summer months evoke women’s desires for sun-kissed, goddess-worthy skin. while leisurely passing après-midi poolside, cocktail in hand, sounds glamorous, inevitable UVA/UVB rays are extremely damaging to a lady’s complexion. Alas, investing in proper sunscreen prevents formidable rouge hues and worn leather complexions. Salvage vacations and guard against misleading tropical breezes with creams, sprays, lotions and faux glows such as these. Shiseido’s limited edition ceruleanand green-hued UV Protection Compact defends skin and delivers a smooth, matte finish. Pair the product with its hair, neck and visage-friendly Ultimate Sun Protection Spray for ultra lightweight insurance. Not a spray fan? Peter Thomas Roth offers classic coverage in Sheer Liquid SPF, a multivitamin-enhanced oil-free, waterproof solvent. Or, ménage à trois with La Mer. Its Soleil de la Mer Collection captures luxurious sun care in a glorious trio. SPF-laced to ward off environmental damage, Lancôme’s Bienfait is also a beach lover’s benevolent. Sol shy? Showcase a glowing, mid-solstice skin tone with Elemental Herbology’s Sun Kiss, a quotidian sugar beet botanical cream elevated with self-tanner, watermelon seed oil, pomegranate and fig extracts. And, for the fair femmes: Protect porcelain pigments with Diorsnow, a fruit de Dior worthy of Disney’s princess. So bask carefree, bathing beauties, with these soleil shields.

LANCÔME Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 $45, from NORDSTROM and NEIMAN MARCUS. DIOR Diorsnow UV Shield White Reveal Translucent SPF 50 $58, from NEIMAN MARCUS. SHISEIDO Limited Edition UV Protection Compact Foundation Case $8 ($27 for foundation refill) from www.shiseido.com LA MER The Reparative Face Sun Lotion SPF 30 $120, The Reparative Body Sun Lotion SPF 30 $85, The Face and Body Gradual Tan $85, all from T Galleria Hawaii by DFS PETER THOMAS ROTH Sheer Liquid SPF 50 $52 from www.peterthomasroth.com ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY Sun Kiss $52, from www. elementalherbologyus.com SHISEIDO Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF 50+ $36 (150ml) from NORDSTROM.

Strike A Pose with Talaya Talley

POSE: Upward-Facing Dog Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Oord-Vah Moo-Kah Shvon-Ahs-Anna) Urdhva Mukha = Face Upward (Urdhva = Upward, Mukha = Face) Svana = Dog

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Photo courtesy Thomson photography; Model: Kate Jaremko, Corepower Yoga

Get om with it-this power move will center your body and mind. Namaste.

Upward-Facing Dog improves your posture and feels so good when you have been sitting at a desk for long hours, or hunched when you spend time on the couch. When done correctly, it can strengthen your spine, arms, wrists and even firm your glute muscles. It’s the exact opposite of sitting stagnate. Next time you feel like you are curled up like a kitty, try upward-facing dog.

Talaya Talley is an instructor at CorePower Yoga.

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Swiss Hits http://www.hiluxury.com/swiss-hits/ http://www.hiluxury.com/swiss-hits/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:51 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=11949 BREITLING The brand's Navitimer 01 46mm is a grand take on the Navitimer-its larger, 46mm case makes a statement. The red gold with black dial is a limited edition of 200 pieces. Price upon request. ROLEX The Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II makes a bold statement with its duo-toned Cherachom bezel in red and blue. Meanwhile the Sea-Dweller 4000 is a legend among divers. It features a 40mm Oyster case and is waterproof to 4,000 feet. Prices for both upon request. BREGUET Featuring a virtual horological miracle-an off-center tourbillon with a patent-protected carriage-the ultra-thin Classique Grand Complication has a 42mm case, 18kt gold dial that is numbered and individually signed Breguet. Price upon request. EPOS Part of Epos' OEuvre d'Art collection, the Reference 3419-featuring a semi-skeletonized Unitas 6498 calibre-can be used as a wristwatch or pocketwatch. It can also conceal its face enitrely, showcasing its graceful movement instead. Price upon request. LOUIS ERARD The Excellence Regulator Power Reserve beautifully expresses the brand's exclusive complication: central minute hand, hour subdial at 12 o'clock, seconds at 6 o'clock and power reserve at 9 o'clock. Price upon request. ROLEX The Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II makes a bold statement with its duo-toned Cherachom bezel in red and blue. Meanwhile the Sea-Dweller 4000 is a legend among divers. It features a 40mm Oyster case and is waterproof to 4,000 feet. Prices for both upon request.

Highlights from this year’s Baselworld.

If there were such a thing as a holiday in the watch-making world, baselworld would be considered the highest of high holidays. Each spring, the watch- and jewelry-making industries converge in switzerland for a weeklong fête of the latest and greatest in timepieces and jewelry. The gathering offers everything-exhibitions, parties and even a Baselworld Village. Aficionados can pick the brains of CEOs and owners of the brands in person; and with 122,000 visitors from 100 countries mingling with 1,460 exhibitors from 40 countries, there’s a lot of knowledge to be passed around. This is where the finest watches for the year are unveiled-showing off new innovations in design, stunning complications, trend-setting materials and limited editions. “Baselworld brings together watch enthusiasts, collectors and jewelers partners from all over the world,” says Thierry Prissert, Breitling USA President, stressing the importance of the international gathering. “For companies like Breitling, it is a special time for us to unveil our newest and most unique time-pieces to an audience that is eager and excited to see them.”

dive in with CARTIER

Launched in 2010, the Calibre de Cartier was the embodiment of the Maison’s style.

In 2014, Cartier takes this watch to new de pths-300 meters, to be exact. The Calibre de Cartier Diver rises to the challenge of combining the needs of divers and maintaining the design elements that make the watch part of the Caliber de Cartier family.

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For the diver, this piece is definitely an example of function engaging with form. It meets all the criteria for a diver’s watch as laid down by the international standard, allowing it to carry the “Divers watch 300 m” engraving. Water-resistant

to 300 meters, it features a unidirectional bezel and hands and dive-time indicator in superluminova. All that, combined with the same everyday comfort, finishes and details expected of the Calibre de Cartier. Available in all-steel or pink gold (pictured) with a black rubber strap. Price upon request.

EPOS Part of Epos’ OEuvre d’Art collection, the Reference 3419-featuring a semi-skeletonized Unitas 6498 calibre-can be used as a wristwatch or pocketwatch. It can also conceal its face entirely, showcasing its graceful movement instead. Price upon request.

LOUIS ERARD The Excellence Regulator Power Reserve beautifully expresses the brand’s exclusive complication: central minute hand, hour subdial at 12 o’clock, seconds at 6 o’clock and power reserve at 9 o’clock. Price upon request.

BREITLING The brand’s Navitimer 01 46mm is a grand take on the Navitimer-its larger, 46mm case makes a statement. The red gold with black dial is a limited edition of 200 pieces. Price upon request.

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Bring Home The Bacon http://www.hiluxury.com/bring-home-bacon/ http://www.hiluxury.com/bring-home-bacon/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:49 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=13060 From breakfast eggs’ sidekick to hot culinary trend, bacon’s lure leaves diners salivating for more.

Men are perennial carnivores. And there’s one luscious meaty morsel that attracts the male species like no other. Enter bacon-an unabashedly American, unapologetic man-food that has quickly exploded onto the dining scene in many facets. From fast-food chains that can’t keep up with the demand for double bacon cheeseburgers-to upscale restaurants that utilize bacon as an art form to create sizzling hot commodities, such as bacon-wrapped steaks and chic bacon-infused desserts-it’s the old sweet and savory marriage of flavors that seem to work so well.
The gastropub's decadent Garlic Candied Bacon combines the flavors of apple smoked bacon, brown sugar and roasted garlic Real a Gastropub offers menu items for beer lovers. Fried Brussels Sprouts with bacon Real a Gastropub's Bacon Cheesecake Customers have been flocking to Lee Anne Wong's Koko Head Cafe for breakfast favorites such the Cornflake French Toast with Billionaire's Bacon (the restuarant's house-made candied bacon) (photo courtesy Lee Anne Wong).
So, what’s the secret to this all-star ingredient? According to chef Lee Anne Wong, who trained at The French Culinary Institute and appeared as a contestant on the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Cooking Channel’s hit series “Unique Eats” and “Food Crawl with Lee Anne Wong,” Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and more, it’s all summed up into one word: patience.

“Bacon needs some low, slow time to properly crisp and brown, whether you are cooking it in a pan, on a griddle or in the oven. It’s not about the size of your bacon, it’s how you use it,” she explains.

Most recently, Wong expanded her repertoire and joined forces with Kevin Hanney, owner of 12th Avenue Grill and Salt Bar & Kitchen, to open Koko Head Cafe, an island-style brunch house. The 12th Avenue restaurant presents its guests with an impressive menu comprised of reinvented lunch classics with traditional and contemporary island twists and Asian fusion.

“The food reflects my personality-lots of textures, big flavors and colors, with a ton of salty, sweet, smoky mashups and, of course, plenty of pork fat,” Wong says.

Chef Wong is definitely on to something-there’s nothing that beats the aroma of smoky strips sizzling in a pan. Passionate about bacon mania, Wong and Hanney have added a plethora of bacon-infused must-haves. Start off your morning right with Kimchi Bacon Cheddar Scones served with house-made crème fraîche, or go big with Cornflake French Toast with Billionaire’s Bacon (Koko Head Café’s house-made candied bacon) accented with creamy black pepper maple and frosted flake gelato. Who said a milkshake isn’t a breakfast of champions?

As far as Wong is concerned, The Morning Milkshake is spot on, as vanilla gelato is blended with Maker’s Mark bourbon, milk and honey-vanilla maple, glorified with bits of granola and Billionaire’s Bacon. Elvis fans will clamor for Elvis’ Revenge just for the name alone. Placed atop a griddled sweet bun is a layer of peanut butter, crispy golden chunks of tempura-fried bananas and strips of Billionaire’s Bacon drizzled with local honey and a dash of toasted coconut.

Righteous foodies have been enjoying “Everything And Then” some (literally) at EAT Honolulu, a catering business and cafe (open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) situated within Na Lama Kukui (formerly known as Gentry Pacific Design Center on North Nimitz Highway). Since opening its doors to the public in July 2008, EAT Honolulu carves a niche for itself when it comes to comfort food with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and elite craftsmanship. Chef David Passanisi is a culinary genius who previously worked as a private chef. So, it comes as no surprise that EAT Honolulu celebrates bacon with edible creations that defy imagination. HI Chocolate-dipped Specialty-cut Sugar Spice Bacon is a mainstay at this boutique-style eatery. Co-owner Jocelyn Leigh recommends customers place their orders at least 48 hours in advance for this good stuff. EAT Honolulu’s Mac ‘n Cheese means pulling out the stops for organic pasta smothered in a zesty house-made cheese sauce accented with sugar spice bacon bits laced with white truffle oil.

“The sky’s the limit. We’ve even paired our sugar spice chopped bacon with Brussels and roasted potatoes,” Leigh says. “Customers also love an off-the-menu item that’s available upon request. ‘The Contradiction’ consists of a homemade veggie patty, topped with bacon strips, Hawaiian lettuce, tomatoes and onion, along with red wine ketchup nestled between homemade sesame buns.”

If you’re disciplined with your workouts, cut yourself some slack, ditch the diets and endure days of self-denial to indulge in Real a Gastropub’s Thick-Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon baked in brown sugar, caramelized and topped off with a hint of garlic powder. And Real’s decadent Bacon Cheesecake definitely makes the cut, featuring a graham cracker crust composed of coco powder, bacon fat and sugar. As for the cheesecake itself, it’s bombarded with homemade bacon bits bathed in maple glaze accompanied by a piece of chocolate-covered bacon.

However, there are some who believe that bacon deserves more respect than just being perceived as a “novelty ingredient.” In this case, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is the answer. Famous for its superb steaks, this fine dining establishment on the third level of Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center, Building C, forgoes the bells and whistles and keeps it simple with Sizzling Canadian Bacon-all prepared extra thick.

“It’s our most popular appetizer, and our bacon is cooked in the same 1,600-degree broiler as our steaks, to seal in the juices and create a perfectly seared piece of bacon that just melts in your mouth,” says executive chef Diego Pacuruco, noting that dishes including Wolfgang’s Salad, BLT and French Toast showcase this meaty morsel as well.

“Interestingly, Canadian bacon is known as ‘American Bacon’ in other parts of the world,” chef explains. “The meat is lean, slightly sweet and juicy.”

So, if you’re in the mood for some smoky, crispy bacon goodness, get right into the meat of it all. Bacon boasts with sensational flavor, lively texture and makes itself known with its sizzling hot versatility and oh, so sweet, smoky savoriness. Welcome to the bacon revolution.

BACON MAKES IT BETTER

Bacon gets even bolder and more eccentric with these unusual concoctions:

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Photos courtesy vosgeschocolate.com and Empire Mayo co.

Vosges’ Milk-Chocolate Bacon Bar (www. vosgeschocolate.com): Sulfite-free and gluten-free hickory smoked bacon is baked in small batches before it’s hand-chopped into fine nibbles. Alderwood smoked salt exudes a campfire aroma that perfectly offsets the sweetness of the chocolate. For a twist on a good thing, try Vosges’ new Cinnamon Bacon Bar.

Empire Mayonnaise Co. Bacon Mayo (www. empiremayo.com): Handmade in New York City, Bacon Mayo takes your typical condiment and transforms it into “Baconnaise.” Use as you would bacon, on sandwiches, burgers, salads, fries, etc. Empire Mayo relies on heritage pork bacon-applewood smoked, antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed and family-farm raised.

Bacon Olive Oil (www.uncrate.com): Add a bit of smoky depth to fried or sautéed foods with Bacon Olive Oil. While this EVOO is sans bacon, it is bacon-flavored (and vegan) and does the job when you want to cook with bacon flair minus meat.

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Let The Sun Shine http://www.hiluxury.com/let-sun-shine/ http://www.hiluxury.com/let-sun-shine/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:49 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=12096 Soak in the vitamin D with swimwear that sizzles.

Photographer: HAROLD JULIAN
Fashion Editor: YU SHING TING
Model: SHELBY C. FROM KATHY MULLER
Makeup Artist: KECIA LITTMAN OF WWW.KECIABELLA.COM
Hair Stylist: RYAN ALCANTARA

ACACIA 'Panama' top in Island Orchid $110 and 'Pikake' bottom in Island Orchid $106, available at acaciaswimwear.com; TIFFANY 'Sparklers' amethyst cush ring in 18K gold $1,700 from TIFFANY & CO.; [KI*ELE] 'Hawaiian Large Starfish' drop earrings, 14K gold-filled and 14K gold-dipped $58, available at www.ki-ele.com; KALAKI RIOT 'Rope Twist' rings in 14K rose gold $235 each and "Rope" stacking cuff in 14K rose gold $425, available at www.kalakiriot.com ACACIA 'Panama' top in Island Orchid $110 and 'Pikake' bottom in Island Orchid $106, available at acaciaswimwear.com; TIFFANY 'Sparklers' amethyst cush ring in 18K gold $1,700 from TIFFANY & CO.; [KI*ELE] 'Hawaiian Large Starfish' drop earrings, 14K gold-filled and 14K gold-dipped $58, available at www.ki-ele.com; KALAKI RIOT 'Rope Twist' rings in 14K rose gold $235 each and "Rope" stacking cuff in 14K rose gold $425, available at www.kalakiriot.com TORY BURCH 'Lipsi' color-block under-wire top in Tory Navy $130 and color-block hipster in Tory Navy $115; TIFFANY '1837' narrow hoop earrings in sterling silver $250 from TIFFANY & CO.; KALAKI RIOT 'Beachwood' bracelet in 14K yellow gold with pyrite beads $345, available at www. kalakiriot.com MISSONI crochet string bikini $395 from NEIMAN MARCUS; [KI*ELE] 'Hawaiian Coral' necklace,14K gold-filled and 14K gold-dipped pendant $58, available at www.ki-ele.com; TIFFANY CHOU '44th + 9th' gold-plated 7-inch bracelet with fuchsia tassel $66 and 'Tassel-Ho' gold-plated 7-inch ball and chain bracelet with burnt yellow tassel $48, available at www.tiffanychou.com; KALAKI RIOT crystal quartz 'Arrowhead' necklace $87, 'Hibiscus' earring in 14K yellow gold $315, and brass cuff ring $82, available at www.kalakiriot.com MISSONI crochet string bikini $395 from NEIMAN MARCUS; [KI*ELE] 'Hawaiian Coral' necklace,14K gold-filled and 14K gold-dipped pendant $58, available at www.ki-ele.com; TIFFANY CHOU '44th + 9th' gold-plated 7-inch bracelet with fuchsia tassel $66 and 'Tassel-Ho' gold-plated 7-inch ball and chain bracelet with burnt yellow tassel $48, available at www.tiffanychou.com; KALAKI RIOT crystal quartz 'Arrowhead' necklace $87, 'Hibiscus' earring in 14K yellow gold $315, and brass cuff ring $82, available at www.kalakiriot.com LA PERLA 'Graphique Couture' top $342 and beachwear brief $268; TIFFANY 'Sparklers' green quartz cocktail ring in sterling silver $1,050 and TIFFANY '1837' narrow hoop earrings in sterling silver $250 from TIFFANY & CO. HEIDI KLEIN cross-back padded one-piece in Belize $288 from REBECCA BEACH; TIFFANY 'Enchant' narrow bangle in sterling silver (medium) $500 and 'Beads' toggle bracelet of black onyx and sterling sliver, medium $200 from TIFFANY & CO.; KALAKI RIOT obsidian 'Arrowhead' necklace $123 and 'Bundle' earrings in sterling silver $115, available at www.kalakiriot.com HEIDI KLEIN cross-back padded one-piece in Belize $288 from REBECCA BEACH; TIFFANY 'Enchant' narrow bangle in sterling silver (medium) $500 and 'Beads' toggle bracelet of black onyx and sterling sliver, medium $200 from TIFFANY & CO.; KALAKI RIOT obsidian 'Arrowhead' necklace $123 and 'Bundle' earrings in sterling silver $115, available at www.kalakiriot.com LETARTE BY LISA CABRINHA 'Letarte Candy Reef' one-piece in red $188, available at Letarte Maui and letarteswimwear.com; [KI*ELE] '1-Day Hammered' stackable bangles, 14K gold-filled $45 each and 'Pikake' plain wide bangle, 14K gold-filled $58, available at www.ki-ele.com; PALOMA PICASSO 'Olive Leaf' cuff in 18k rose gold, small $6,500 from TIFFANY & CO.

ABOUT THE SETTING

Our model looked right at home during our swimwear shoot for this month’s HILuxury women’s fashion feature- it’s no wonder, since the home was designed by award winners Dian Cleve (interior designer) and Jim Schmidt (architect), in close collaboration with owner Charles Wathen, a real estate developer and investor, and his wife Devra. Devra wanted a space that reflected their joy in entertaining-with a focus on intimate seating. Not one for much sun bathing, she also ensured that the pool area is surrounded by ample shade-complete with an outdoor grill and kitchen. The Wathens razed an older home to build their 5,225-square-foot four-bedroom/five-bath oasis bedecked in teak-most of it old teak, and also some antique teak from a 200-year-old building-imported from Bali and Jakarta. Elegantly blending indoor and outdoor living, the home also features a gourmand’s dream kitchen designed with input from the Wathens’ personal chef- each area is geared toward a specific focus: prep, dessert, wine, etc. The home has been entered in the 2014 BIA Renaissance Design Awards, but for the Wathens, their labradoodle, and the HILuxury team, it’s already a winner.

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Another Day At The Office http://www.hiluxury.com/another-day-office/ http://www.hiluxury.com/another-day-office/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:46 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=12070 by CATHERINE CALDWELL, SARAH HONDA, TASHA MERO, LIANNE BIDAL THOMPSON

Explore the unique careers of five men who discover the truths and uncover the answers by digging further and farther into the unknown-and sometimes, even outside of reality (using special effects, of course).

DIVE IN TO IT

“My feelings right before a dive are excitement, nervousness and anxiousness,” says Tyler Borge, senior diver and dive supervisor for Sea Engineering, Inc. “My main thought is to be as quick and efficient as possible, because the deeper the job, the less bottom time you have.” Borge, 28 years old, is a commercial diver who does marine construction and salvage.

photo courtesy Chaminade University Dr. M. Lee Goff's A Fly for the Prosecution, which helped inspire the CBS television series, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Formerly Director of the Forensics Sciences Program at Chaminade University, Goff is now a professor emeritus and continues to consult around the world. photo courtesy Dr. M. Lee Goff photo courtesy Harvard University Press William Tiu Cayetano on duty below deck (photos courtesy Ensign Alexander Washofsky, USN). Reid Yoshida gets to the root cause of fires for the Honolulu Fire Department (photo courtesy Reid Yoshida). John Haritgan lights up the room-and small screen-as "Hawaii 5-0"'s special effects supervisor (photos courtesy "Hawaii 5-0"). The USS Mahan at sea. Reid Yoshida gets to the root cause of fires for the Honolulu Fire Department (photo courtesy Reid Yoshida). photo courtesy Chaminade University from Star-Advertiser archives Tyler Borge, senior diver and dive supervisor for Sea Engineering, Inc.

“One of my most memorable jobs was just a few months ago when I was salvaging an airplane off Kalaupapa, Moloka’i,” Borge says. “Not necessarily the job, but the environment. Being able to work in a place like that where the land is so natural, and the water is so pristine. Knowing that you only have a few chances in a lifetime to work in a place like that makes all the hard work worth it.”

Borge describes that never knowing what to expect is one of the things he likes about diving. Current, wind, swells and visibility are never the same and constantly changing. “Every job is a new experience,” Borge adds.

“Usually the night before [a dive] I check all my equipment to make sure everything is in working order and get a good night’s rest,” Borge says. “The day of the dive I make sure I drink lots of fluids, because you really don’t know how long you’ll be down; it could be one hour or 10 hours. Our dive teams go over the job, objectives and hazards for the day repeatedly. You have to have a clear idea of what’s going on because once you leave the surface, you’re all alone down there. The diver is the only one with visuals on the situation. The diver is always the first to know what’s going on below the surface.”

FORENSIC FILES

Dr. M. Lee Goff’s neighbors were having a tough time. The entomologist had consulted on a murder case, and to prove the timeline he’d posited, he wrapped a dead pig in a tarp and let it decompose-in his backyard.

The decomposition time proved Goff’s timeline to be correct, and everyone moved on. Goff wrote a book, A Fly for the Prosecution, which detailed his forensic entomology work. Then, Discovery Channel called. They’d found out about his consulting work as a forensic entomologist, and asked him to re-create his experiment. “Just when my neighbors has started speaking to me again,” Goff laughs.

He went on to repeat the process two more times, for various media outlets, and just about the time when his neighbors seemed to be at their wits’ end with his bugs and carcasses, the producer of a new show, CSI, called. He had come across Goff’s book, and wanted to build a series around his cases.

“So, they took cases from my book, moved it from the tropics of Hawai’i to the desert of Nevada,” Goff explains. “My cases are used throughout the first two seasons.” He still consults with the show, and, thanks to his “Hollywood cred,” his neighbors are now happy to live next door to a guy who occasionally lets animals rot in the back yard.

While the forensic consulting is what gets his name in the public most often, Goff points out that is just a part of his job. He was a professor of entomology at UH Manoa and then became the Director of the Forensic Sciences Program at Chaminade University. After retiring last year, Goff, thanks to his emeritus status at the universities, is able to concentrate on what he loves most about working in his field: research (“When done properly … you’re contributing something,” he explains) and consulting-that takes him around the world. The one thing he doesn’t like? “Testifying [at trials],” he says.

SEASCAPE

From boot camp to traveling aboard the USS Mahan, Honolulu-born, 27-year-old William Tiu Cayetano, Sonar Technician Third Class Surface Warfare Specialist, will spend five years surveying the high seas as a Navy Petty Officer.

Cayetano’s role is multifaceted; he is the damage control supervisor for his division, an oceanographer, and occasionally, an acoustic analyst. His days consist of monitoring contacts of interest, providing surveillance reports and ensuring sonar equipment is at pique performance.

Good hearing is a commonly misperceived position requirement; mathematics, geometry and oceanography skills, however, are prerequisite.

“While underway, I conduct a five-hour watch-surveying the ocean for any changes in water temperature and reporting contacts,” Cayetano explains. “I ensure that all of our damage control equipment … and even air conditioners/ heating units are in working order.”

Amidst scouting and tracking submarines, Cayetano remains equipped for emergency situations. “It’s funny, but I feel the greatest risk is simply being on a military vessel. Heavy steel, plus strong waves, equals disaster,” he says.

Risk aside, Cayetano cites “camaraderie” as the ship’s best aspect, calling crewmates “his extended family.” Military regimes’-while rewarding-regimens annul the feint.

A brisk 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. port schedule, it is not unusual for Cayetano’s workdays to range 12-19 hours. In intense scenarios, “There are times we don’t get any sleep at all for a day and a half, or even two days,” he reveals.

“Seeing the Navy recruiting commercials made me think twice before enlisting … because of how demanding the tasks may be,” Cayetano confesses. “However, with my family’s support, I pursued my goal to serve my country with pride and dedication.”

An Assets School 2005 graduate, Cayetano enlisted in 2010 to find his niche. He received IT and sonar technician training and, since aboard the USS Mahan, earned a NATO ribbon for Operations Active Endeavor while deployed in the Mediterranean.

ULTIMATE EFFECTS

“Blowing things up,” replies John Hartigan, special effects supervisor for “Hawaii Five-0,” smiling, when asked the best part of his job. A packed production schedule of 6 a.m. call times, crew meetings, 7 p.m. wraps and monthly Saturday shoots, Hartigan’s five-day workweeks are brimming with adrenaline-charged activity for 12 straight weeks.

“On set, we shoot quick and move fast; you always have to be ready-prepping gags, scouting the site, supervising the effects, verifying safety precautions-a lot more mechanics are involved than people think,” Hartigan exudes.

Hartigan, with “5-0″ since 2010, launched his Hollywood career in his young 20s cutting holes in the seat of a Rolls-Royce on set of Jim Henson’s “The Muppets.” Climbing the cinema echelon from carpenter, to prop shop, to special effects, Hartigan is now an established movie effects master.

“Effects aren’t just bullet hits and explosions. Especially in the TV world, people don’t realize how much mechanics, electronics and plumbing are involved,” Hartigan explains. “Running water, elevator doors, fans, wind and rain are all special effects.”

The life of blockbuster set roulette may sound glamorous, but pyrotechnics and non-fire feats involve risk. Stunts back-firing cause panic, so medics are on set equipped for disaster, Hartigan assures.

When not shooting “5-0,” Hartigan fills his remaining three months of the year residing at his Hideaway Film Ranch in California or traveling around the globe- adding to his impressive résumé reel of silver screen hits, including “Catch Me If You Can,” “Rocky Balboa” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” and developing his effects company, Ultimate Effects, at www.ultimateeffects.com.

FIRED UP

Reid Yoshida lives a life of dedication and service. Yoshida has had a long career with the Honolulu Fire Department, spanning 14 years. However for the past six years, Yoshida has been determining the causes of fires under the Fire Investigation section of the H.F.D.

Before Yoshida became involved within the Fire Investigation section, Yoshida was a fire respondent. Curious about how investigators were able to determine the causes of fires is what sparked Yoshida’s interest in this particular field. “I saw fire investigators working after I was done putting out the fire and I wondered, ‘How could they make a determination of how the house burned down?’” Yoshida recalls. “The systematic method of narrowing [and] looking at all things, potential ignition sources, [and] trying to come up with one probable cause was interesting to me.”

In January 2014 Yoshida was promoted to captain of the Fire Investigation section. Using the scientific method, Yoshida is able to determine the origin of fires. “We base it off of evidence [and] fire patterns that we find at the scene,” Yoshida explains. “We take all the circumstances and knowledge of our experience that we’ve gathered and we apply it to this method.”

There is no doubt that Yoshida really loves what he does. “I feel like what [fire investigators] do makes a difference for the community,” he explains. Being able to help others is one of the most satisfying aspects of Yoshida’s job. “I love the fire department and I love helping people,” Yoshida says. “[In] this line of work, you need to have passion to want to help people. That’s important-to have that passion and to have compassion for people and life.”

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City by the Bay http://www.hiluxury.com/city-bay/ http://www.hiluxury.com/city-bay/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:01:45 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=12141 Fall in love with San Francisco, a world-class, cosmopolitan city without pretense.

How do you spend the ultimate guy-friendly getaway in San Francisco? Well, eating and drinking and sporting your way across the city, of course. First and foremost, forget all the tourist attractions like Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Coit Tower and riding the cable cars. Either you’ve already been there, done that, or you can check them out next time with the family. Let’s face it. You have more pressing business to attend to while you’re here… like where to get a proper pint of Anchor Steam (www.anchorbrewing.com) on tap.

SF_1 The majestic Cupid's Span sculpture strikes both visitors and residents. Crab and other fresh catches make the Bay a respected seafood haven The breathtaking Grace Cathedral. Renowned as a bohemian mecca, farmers' markets abound. The San Francisco Ballet, one of the finest Beaux Arts structures in the U.S. One of the city's colorful streets First Thursdays attract the local art scene. Cutlery accented with rich hors d'oeuvres. The scenic Cliff House, the largest urban park in the U.S. Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill's monumental emblem, is visible throughout the city. 49ers fans and players will rally in the new Levi's Stadium (photo courtesy the San  Francisco 49ers). SF_14 Andrew Bogut of the Golden State Warriors during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE, courtesy Golden  State Warriors). Anchor Steam brew house, a San Francisco original since 1896 (photo courtesy Anchor Brewing Company). The Palace Hotel's lavish lobby (photo courtesy Mark Silverstein). Rich wood paneling up the ante at Pied Piper Bar & Grill, The Palace Hotel (photo courtesy Mark Silverstein). The ultra modern Clift, a boutique hotel with old world charm (photo courtesy CLIFT). Photo Courtesy Andaz Maui At Wailea Meaty dish from Clift Hotel (photo courtesy CLIFT)

Next, San Francisco is a walking city (at a manageable seven miles by seven miles square), so the best way to explore it is on foot or by using the host of convenient, cheap transit options like the subway, buses, taxis, and, ultimately, there’s always Uber (www.uber.com). Pick an activity or a whole neighborhood you’d like to explore like Union Square, North Beach, Chinatown or The Haight and get lost. You’ll find your own personal favorites along the way.

Finally, here’s a quick tip on the weather: Expect the unexpected. So be sure to bundle up and layer your clothing. The old adage is true: “If you don’t like the weather in San Francisco, just wait a few minutes.”

WHERE TO DINE AND DRINK

During your man-centric stay in the Bay, an authentic steakhouse trip is a must. But which one of our many fine establishments should you choose? Personally, I’d recommend that you opt for a local landmark like the House of Prime Rib. Former “No Reservations” TV host Anthony Bourdain is a fan. As he himself described it while sitting down to dinner, “This is the American Dream right here.” The House of Prime Rib (www.houseofprimerib.net) serves their fare in the English tradition, which means that it’s carved at your table, to your preference, from a stainless steel serving cart. Your massive cut of meat includes a generous portion of sides like salad, baked potato, Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach and fresh horseradish. There’s even a sumptuous dessert cart (if you make it that far). This place is always popular so there will be a wait. Why not down a few classic martinis at the bar while you wait for your table? I do.

One place you absolutely must imbibe at is Bourbon & Branch (www.bourbonandbranch.com), a 1920s Prohibition-era, speakeasy-style craft cocktail cathedral located in the Tenderloin. Experience the ambiance of that long gone époque in an actual speakeasy that operated illegally at its location from 1921 to 1933. It’s a real treat. Outside, only an unassuming “Anti-Saloon League” sign signals the way. Inside, you’ll enjoy its dark and cozy environs while celebrating with proper cocktail service. The menu is impressively extensive featuring hand-numbered bottles of rare bourbon, exceptional scotch, world-class rums, tequilas and beyond. Your imagination’s the limit. A quick tip: Make sure you secure an online reservation beforehand, because you will need the secret password to get in nightly. B&B is hard to find and tough to beat. And, you can even slip next door to the Wilson & Wilson Detective Agency (www.thewilsonbar.com), a gumshoe-inspired bar that’s a perfect overflow option.

WHERE TO PLAY

The best news to hit San Francisco in recent memory is the opening of Levi’s Stadium (www.levisstadium.com), the brand new home of the San Francisco 49ers (www.49ers.com). Located south in sunny Santa Clara, the state-of-the-art facility features an open, airy design, spacious entry plazas, lots of luxury amenities like 165 private suites and 9,000 club seats, stadium-wide WiFi, mobile connectivity and so much more. It’s a great showcase for innovation in Silicon Valley and a perfect way to spend an afternoon during your stay in the Bay.

If you’re longing for a sporting life beyond football, the Bay Area has got you covered. I’d recommend enjoying the day at AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants (www.sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com) or an evening in Oakland cheering on the Golden State Warriors (www.nba.com/warriors) basketball team.

WHERE TO STAY

When you visit San Francisco, the best and easiest locale to stay in is Union Square, because it’s right in the heart of all the action. As you’d expect, it’s also a massive tourist mecca like Waikiki, so I’d be mindful of the crowds when you come. Now, there are lots of lavish accommodations to choose from in the city, but one that stands out for me is the Clift Hotel (www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/originals-clift-san-francisco), a luxury boutique hotel centrally located in the Tenderloin just steps from Union Square. It’s modern, elegant and usually lively at night. It also sits nearby to many fantastic bars, restaurants and clubs. But first, check into your deluxe suite and head straight to the Clift’s famous and historic Redwood Room to grab a signature craft cocktail like the Redwood Room Martini or the Clift Manhattan. It’s a sexy bar experience you’ll not soon forget. On the weekends, the lobby area transforms into an upscale party for SF’s beautiful people. Definitely dress to impress.

If the Clift’s modern chic isn’t to your taste, I’d recommend one of San Francisco’s classic luxury lodgings, such as the Palace Hotel (www.sfpalace.com), which debuted in 1875 as the world’s largest and most luxurious hotel. Today, the Palace’s 552 immaculate guest rooms have been newly restored, creating a perfect balance of function and comfort. And, the Palace is sure to indulge you and your crew with the impeccable quality of service that gave the Age of Elegance its name. Located just south of Market Street in the Financial District, it’s perfectly situated right across the street from The House of Shields (www.thehouseofshields.com), a true English pub opened in 1908 where you can get a tasty pint of Stella and a shot of Irish whiskey before plotting out your action-packed evening of adventure and mischief ahead. Bring on the night!

Photo Courtesy Andaz Maui At Wailea

Photo Courtesy Andaz Maui At Wailea

HIDDEN GEMS

Hawaiian hospitality, culturally rich experiences and lush surroundings reign supreme at Andaz Maui at Wailea. So sleek and vibrant that it recently made Conde Nast Traveler‘s 2014 Hot List, this is the first of Andaz’s 10 hotels established in a resort destination. The 297-guestroom locale, nestled along miraculous Mokapu Beach, encompasses seven luxurious villas, spacious suites and guestrooms. Conceptualized by award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, a palette of natural materials (think glowing Ambrato stone framed in mahogany), Andaz’s aesthetics accentuate natural simplicity and brilliant open-air environs. Activities are plentiful, adventurous guests can revel in a round of afternoon golf or tennis before breaking to peruse Wailea’s lavish shops. Other ventures to pursue include water sports and whale-watching excursions. Desire a tranquil holiday? Discover solace at ‘Awili Spa and Salon, an apothecary with indigenous herbs and customized remedies, before escaping to relish one of three cascading infinity pools. Dining, too, becomes a sport of leisure. Savor rich island flavors at one of two full-service restaurants showcasing the finest in Hawai’i’s culinary artistry- Morimoto Maui, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s fusion gem; and the resort’s residential-style Ka’ana Kitchen. These will surely make for a memorable-and indulgent-experience. Zest or zen, pleasure awaits.

www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com – by C.C.

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