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Oahu: An Island of Breeze Blocks

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Driving around the island of Oahu, you’ll find breeze blocks almost anywhere you look.  From single family homes, to apartment buildings, to high-rise hotels, breeze blocks are an ever-present reminder of Hawaii’s mid-century building boom. Don’t quote me on this, but Oahu probably has more breeze blocks per square mile than anywhere else in the world.   Seriously! Breeze blocks are essentially a more decorative form of cinder blocks, and were a popular building material in the ‘50s and ‘60s in the United States.  (There’s also a long history of screen block use around the world going waaay back in places like Japan...

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The “Vacation” Mai Tai

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We’ve made a lot of mai tais and know there are several “styles” of the classic cocktail.  In celebration of our new mai tai glass pair, we’re sharing a recipe for what we’re calling a “vacation” mai tai.  What’s a vacation mai tai?  It’s the perfectly sweet, very boozy, two-tone drink you enjoy by the pool or in a little beachfront bar.   Because folks get really serious about their cocktails, we add the following disclaimer:  This is not the original mai tai, this is just a fun variation we like.   As with most tiki creations, this is a strong drink....

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Our online shop has launched!

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Our online shop is now live!  We had a lot of fun putting the finishing touches on the products that are part of our official launch.  You'll find graphic t-shirts, pocket tees, hats, and some unique cocktail gear.  Check out the descriptions in the shop for more details on where these designs got their inspiration.  Grab something for yourself or the MCM/Hawaii enthusiast in your life! If you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!      

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All About Dingbats

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Dingbats are the name sometimes used to describe those funky retro apartments of yesteryear found throughout the sunbelt regions of the U.S., including Hawaii.  These boxy two or three story apartments have parking on the first level, which has lead some to call them glorified parking garages.  They also often have whimsical names and "dingbat" accents on the exterior like diamonds, stars, and starbursts.  Technically, "dingbat" refers to any character on a typewriter that isn't a letter or a number.  So, for example #$&*!@.    The biggest concentration of dingbats is found in Southern California, and particularly Los Angeles.  However, the island of...

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Mid-Century Modern 101

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What is mid-century modern?  Depending on how you got here, you may or may not be familiar with the term mid-century modern (“MCM”).  Even if you know what it is, do you know when it is? In basic terms, MCM is the name given to a design movement that happened during the middle of the 20th century.  The movement touched all kinds of visual creations like architecture, commercial art, and furniture.  I studied art history in college and loved the classes where we sat in a dim lecture hall staring at slide after slide of artwork on the projector screen.  I can...

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